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David J. Chapman

About me

As an immigrant and naturalized US citizen, I understand the dreams and anxietites that immigrants face at all stages of the process.  I first came to the United States to attend law school in 1992.  My country has never disappointed me.  The dreams and opportunities that I have realized cannot ever be repaid.  The many good people I have helped to realize their dreams in the United States are a tremendous personal reward for me.  Some of those clients have ened up as good friends for many years.


My clients trust me and I place a lot of weight on that.  The philosophy of my firm is that ethical and professional practice is not what you do when others are watching.  Ethical and professional practice is what you do when you know no one is watching.  Much of my work ethic is from my parents, and I view doing my very best for everyone as a personal point of honor that reflects what I learned from them.


Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 85%
    18 years
  2. Ethics & Professional Responsibility: 10%
    5 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 3%
    18 years
  4. Personal Injury: 1%
  5. Commercial: 1%



Hourly ($240/hour), Fixed (never)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jonathan Pierre Lacour

    One of the absolute best. Exceptional attention to detail, service next to none. I endorse this lawyer.


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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse David. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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Contact info

D J Chapman Law

1121 Westrac Drive
Suite 206
Fargo, ND, 58103-2385


MNAuthorized to practice199807/31/2015
NDAuthorized to practice law199711/17/2015
TXNot Eligible to Practice - Administrative200810/19/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate of RecognitionUS Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review Pro Bono Program2002
Pro Bono AwardAmerican Bar Association2002
Best Respondent OralistUniversity of North Dakota School of Law Moot Court Association1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyD J Chapman Law, PC2001 - Present
Adjunct Professor (Paralegal Program)Minnesota State University Moorhead2002 - 2002
General CounselDaimler Chrysler Corporation dba Global Electric Motorcars2001 - 2003
Adjunct Professor (Paralegal Program)Minnesota State University Moorhead2001 - 2001
Associate AttorneyGjesdahl & Associates1997 - 2001
Law ClerkLindquist & Jeffrey1993 - 1995
Law Clerk (Unpaid Intern)North Dakota District Court1993 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
AILA MN Dakotas ChapterChair, Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law2015 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Association of Professional Responsibility LawyersMember2010 - Present
Animal Legal Defense FundMember2010 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember2008 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember1997 - Present
North Dakota State Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Abdullahi, 607 NW2d 561 (ND 2000)Court ruled against us. Our position was later vindicated by the US Supreme Court in Padilla v Kentucky.
In the Matter of [NAME WITHHELD-Unpublished Decision]Win at the Immigration Court level.
In the Matter of [NAME WITHHELD-Immigration Court Level-Non-Public]Win at the Immigration Court level and success at the USCIS level.
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Publication nameTitleDate
National Business Institute SeminarBrent J. Edison & David J. Chapman, Legal Ethics: Hot Topics And Current Events2015
The Gavel (State Bar of North Dakota)A Snapshot on Notetaking2013
State Bar of Texas Animal Law Section NewsletterStevens Article2011
The Bridge: The Official Publication of the Chamber of Commerce of Fargo MoorheadImmigration Law (Discussing Employer Responsibility to Verify Employee Status)2008
Fargo Forum (Editorial Page)US needs talented immigrants2008
The Gavel (State Bar of North Dakota)Immigration Law and the General Practice2000
Bender's Immigration BulletinLife After Roldan: Dealing With Criminal Convictions in Removal Proceedings2000
Institute for Paralegal Education CLE GuidePractical Legal Research and Analysis for the Paralegal in North Dakota2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Dakota School of LawLawN/A1995
University of ManitobaEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
University of WinnipegEconomicsN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Legal Ethics: Hot Topics and Current EventsLegal Ethics2015
Ethical Challenges In Communicating With Immigrant Clients (Upcoming Event)Ethics and Professional Responsibility2015
Fargo Kiwanis Regular MeetingLocal Law Enforcement of Immigration Law: The Case of Arizona2010
Upper Midwest AILA ConferenceH-1b Visa Update2009
Immigration Debate at North Dakota Law SchoolImmigration: Good or Bad for Our Society2007
Regular MeetingImmigration Law2003
Cass Cty Bar Assoc MeetingImmigration Law: Current CIvil & Criminal Law Issues Facing Immigration Clients2003
Institute for Paralegal EducationLegal Research for the Paralegal2000
Hot Talk with Jeff LeftImmigration Policy2000
Federal Practice SeminarImmigration Law/Criminal Law Interactions2000
CJOB Action Line with Charles AdlerUS Immigration Law & Policy1999