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David Michael Gottfried

Immigration Attorney at New York, NY

4.8   24 reviews
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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About David

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David is a graduate of the State University of New York at Farmingdale and obtained his law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.  Before joining Gottfried & Gottfried, LLP, David worked for a small personal injury firm on Long Island as a trial attorney.  He is admitted to practice in the State of New York.

Presentations / Conferences

David spoke at the 2022 American Immigration Lawyers Association Rome District Council convention, on the topic of: Diplomatic Visas.

David spoke at the 2017 American Immigration Lawyers Association National convention in New Orleans, on the topic of: From Diplomacy to Residency: Diplomatic Visa Holders Changing Status from NIV to LPR.

David is a also a frequent speaker on a wide range of immigration law topics. He is an active participant and speaker on United Nations and G-4 issues and at local area colleges, including Baruch College, and CUNY Brooklyn.

Professional Associations

Member American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) since 2008.

Selected to 2018 - 2022 New York Metro Rising Stars Being selected to Rising Stars is limited to a small number of attorneys in each state. As one of the few attorneys to garner the distinction of Rising Stars, David Gottfried has earned the respect of peers as one of the top-rated attorneys in the nation.

Areas of Practice
All areas of immigration and naturalization, family immigration law, and business immigration. David has successfully represented numerous O-1 and E-11 first preference extraordinary ability individuals in the sciences, arts and sports. Working with married couples to obtain their green card is the best. 

Education

B.S. State University of New York at Farmingdale
Juris Doctor State University of New York at Buffalo

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Location

Gottfried & Gottfried, LLP.
122 East 42nd Street
Suite 620
New York, NY, 10168
Gottfried & Gottfried, LLP
50 Fountain Plaza
Suite 1400
Buffalo, NY, 14202
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Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The Best Immigration Lawyer
In life, seldom would one find an expert who would immediately give out the needed advice without the conditions of support first being discussed and established. It is even more rare that the expert you run to carries and lives up to a surname that connotes perfection and good nature. Atty David Gottfried isn’t only the embodiment of a lawyer who was molded well. More importantly, he is highly conversant and updated with immigration laws, his area of expertise. Since 2008, I have enlisted the support of a number of lawyers for various needs. All of them were good. But Atty David, no doubt, had beaten them by miles in terms of interpersonal skills and subject know-how. How I wish that all attorneys, and professionals for that matter, are like him. But hey, we are living in an imperfect world where people like him are the exceptions rather than the rule. Thank you very much, Atty Gottfried!
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Posted by Tarisai | July 23, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
David is a great lawyer and an amazing human being . David helped us with our Cr1 visa from start to finish . He is very organized and straightforward which is exactly what's needed when dealing with the immigration process .We were tight on finances but David is very kind .understanding . He also persistently wrote to the NVC to expediate the process , NVC is a headache but David handled them . As a matter of fact it felt like he was St Michael lol . I strongly recommend David because its a great pleasure to work with him
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Posted by Swapnil | October 28, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Quick and Straight forward answers
Quick and Straight forward answers, provided all the necessary information, Thanks
Posted by Patricia | August 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney!!!
If your are looking for a knowledgeable and experienced immigration attorney, David is exactly that person! Recently David assisted me with my husband's case and few years ago he also helped my family with my siblings case. Both ended in success! During both, David demonstrated amazing communication skills, he always responded to our emails and phone calls in a very timely manner and patiently answered all of our questions. Being able to reach out to him to discuss any of our fears assisted us tremendously during the most stressful times in both cases. David advocates for his clients, he does not allow for the system to abuse his clients in any way and he is not afraid to stand up for his client's rights. On many occasions David proved to be a trustworthy and empathetic person who genuinely wants to help his clients. To anyone who needs an immigration lawyer David is the #1 person I would recommend. I am and forever will be grateful to him for helping my family. Thank you David!
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Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
What a humble attorney of integrity.
I so wish David was my attorney for my green card application. Mine was great and I got the green card successfully, but a short conversation with David regarding some of my post-green card concerns and questions made me believe he’s an incredibly informed competent immigration attorney. I’ll definitely be having him as my attorney when I prep for my naturalization application a couple of years from now!
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Posted by Jenny | April 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Responsive and professional lawyer
David is by far THE best attorney I've seen. Been on the immigration journey for the last 8 years with 4 different lawyers - most of them only care about getting the money, and you will never hear from them again. David, however, was there for me the entire time. He was super approachable and answered all the questions himself. He is also on top of everything. Did I mention he has a great sense of humor too? I would recommend David to anyone who's going through the immigration process. Hands down - THE BEST!
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Posted by Daniela | June 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Talented Immigration Lawyer Who Really Cares
David is an absolutely amazing attorney and an overall great person. I can't say enough positive things about him. Not only is he wicked smart, but he also genuinely cares about his clients. He was extremely helpful through my adjustment of status process, always patient and thorough (and I ask a lot of questions!). It was important for me to work with an immigration attorney that I could trust, and David is just that!
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Posted by Mahdi | June 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An Exceptional Lawyer
David is an exceptionally knowledgeable, responsive, well-versed, caring, and professional lawyer. He was very detail-oriented in his review of our immigration application! He is truly an expert in the immigration area! You could tell that his priority was to help us establish a comprehensive immigration application for permanent residence. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who seeks a smart, reliable, and trustworthy lawyer!
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Posted by M. V. | April 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Responsive, Knowledgable, and Honest Lawyer
I hired David for a green card case and my experience with him was great. The whole process was flawless, I received the green card in a very short period and I am truly grateful for his hard work and dedication. David has been really kind, courteous, knowledgeable & efficient beginning to end. He handles all cases himself, and not some "under training" paralegal, Iike in most cases with other lawyers. My case was not straightforward and I consider his help invaluable to the success of the case. Moreover David is not just knowledgeable, super responsive and honest, but a great human being who truly cares. He goes above and beyond to make sure his client is at ease. I would wholeheartedly recommend David to represent anyone dealing with immigration issues. David will take care of everything in the most professional and painless way. I would like to say Thank you and wish him success in all his life endeavors!
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Posted by Gladys | April 25, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent and Very Honest Lawyer
I had a meeting with Lawer David Gottfried regarding a emigration case. He was honest and very helpful. I would highly recommend him for anyone who is seeking legal consultation on immigration. Thank you David.
Posted by P.K. | April 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Service!
From the very start David demonstrated professionalism and knowledge of the immigration law. My family were his first clients with Polish heritage and with what we can call a complicated "mess" of a case that was mismanaged by two other "immigration" lawyers who have asked for a lot of money with very few (we can even say no) positive results. But you know once you provide the lawyer with a payment you try to stick with them in hope that they will actually do what you paid them for. Well our mistake was not finding David sooner. From the very first counsel meeting David provided us with realistic and detailed information on what our options were at the time in order for my family members to receive their green cards. David was not afraid of the challenge that our case presented. He was sure of his knowledge in the immigration law so the fact that he has not yet worked with clients from Poland did not trouble him at all. In just 15 minutes of the first meeting he provided us with comfort and hope that we can still clean this mess up. He was on point with checking and double checking all immigration law aspects that were related to and which could assist with my family's case. He made sure to explain the whole process to us so that we would fully understand it. All of his predictions regarding waiting time and process results were correct. At the very start David explained to us the cost of his service and any additional payments we may have to provide for application fees etc (depending on our choice of action), and throughout the entire collaboration with him he has not asked us for any additional service fees (I know this may be shocking as some lawyers seem to charge extra $500 for every conversation you have with them well that's not the case with David.). David sets everything clear at the start of the process and holds his word to it. David's communication skills are impeccable and he has no fear of questions. At the start of our collaboration we emailed him with "essays" of questions that many lawyers would probably ignore thinking that we are questioning their knowledge or would just give us a general answer for all of them. But David took the time to answer each of our questions individually which really helped us understand the immigration process and also reassured us of his competence and good character. Throughout the 8 months of our communication David was ALWAYS very prompt with answering our emails and providing us with the most recent updates in my family's case. When working with David we felt that we were a team. We knew that we could count on him with answering any question and helping us to resolve any new obstacle that came our way in this long process. He went beyond of what we could ever expect from a lawyer to help us. My family is very grateful to you David. Thank you again for all your help! To all of you who took the time to read this comment; my family's immigration problems are now resolved thanks to David's help. If you find yourself in a situation with immigration problems I strongly advice you to seek David's counsel and see for yourself what he can do for you. Best of luck! Jeżeli poszukujecie odpowiedzialnego prawnika z pewna znajomością Amerykańskiego prawa emigracyjnego to David jest osoba której szukacie. Powodzenia! - P.K.
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Posted by Matt | March 16, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Couldn't ask for more.
We went to two other immigration attorneys who left us disappointed before finding David. David was generous with his time, quick to respond, and knowledgeable about the frequently changing rules of the immigration system. David helped my wife obtain her initial work permit, an emergency travel parole, and her green card. He also was a voice of sanity and serenity throughout this long and uncertain process. I give him my strongest recommendation.
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Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very knowledgeable and comforting lawyer
There really are no words to describe how grateful I am to David for his services, and how happy I am to have picked him out of long list of immigration attorneys on google search. David provided very valuable and practical advice for a complicated immigration situation in my family. He also helped us out with 3 different applications for different family members - GC Application, Reentry Permit Application, and Citizenship Application for myself. With all three of them, everything went exactly as David said it would. Our family issue is resolved, and I myself am writing this as a happy and proud American citizen. What's more important, David is not just a very knowledgeable and professional lawyer, but also a truly great person who above all cares about the client's ease of mind. It's been a very sensitive issue for me, and David was always there to answer any questions along the way, give reassurance and say there's nothing to worry about. And I didn't even mention that David helped me out with another minor legal issue, that saved me a few hundred dollars I would've paid another attorney for pretty basic advice. I don't suggest you should ask him unrelated questions, but that's just another argument to show that he truly cares about clients and will do his best to help out. I would very strongly recommend him to anyone dealing with immigration issues. David will take care of everything in the most professional and comforting way possible. Thank you again, David, and best of luck!
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Posted by Le | July 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
Firstly, David is an excellent lawyer who is available to you at all times. Any questions that we had we could email / Text / Call and if he was busy he would respond within a very short amount of time. He treated my partner and I with the utmost respect and professionalism from the start. He is Prompt, efficient, courteous, and broke things down for us into the most simplistic way. As matter of fact he cared so much about our case that he even took our calls while he was on his honeymoon. To me that says a lot about how much he cares. There is a very human quality about David and Bob that is very hard to find in lawyers today and being on the receiving end I appreciate that. He and his Father made the entire process an easy and actually an enjoyable one for us. I Would definitely use there services again if needed. Having a Super lawyer on your side is good but having super lawyer that cares is great! And that's David!
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Posted by Dean | June 30, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Successful consultation meeting
I had a meeting with Lawer David Gottfried earlier today regarding O-1 visa. He was generous with his time and very helpful. I would highly recommend him for anyone who is seeking legal consultation on immigration. Thank you David.
Posted by Kelsey | March 16, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
knowledgeable, humanitarian, ethical
I was trying to get some legal advice regarding immigration and reached out to several people. David was kind enough to reach out to me and was very knowledgeable and ethical. He gave me peace of mind over my situation. I highly recommend this firm simply based on Mr. David Gottfried's altruism.
Posted by Khushnoor | May 4, 2015
Best lawyer and law firm there is!
I was a client of Bob Gottfried 5 years ago when I was applying for my Greencard. Bob did an excellent job and explained every step of the procedure to me. He kept me up to date on the progress and answered my questions as we went along. Earlier this year, I had David Gottfried apply for my citizenship. Just like his dad, he is an excellent lawyer. He walked me through the procedure, answered my questions and made it a painless experience. I will definitely recommend them to my friends and family. Thank you both for EVERYTHING!!
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Posted by Harsha | January 13, 2015
Excellent Immigration Attorney
David has been of great help in getting my US residency permit (green card), after retirement from an international organization. The process was flawlessly handled by him & I received the green card in a very short time. David has been really kind, courteous, knowledgeable & efficient, throughout. I highly recommend his services.
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Posted by Samantha | December 12, 2014
Exceptional Service...
David was absolutely amazing in handling not only my application process for citizenship, but also two other family members. Applications were filed immediately. He walked us through the process step by step. Kept us informed along the way with emails, what to bring/do, what to expect, etc. Absolutely exceptional service. Would definitely recommend and use David again.
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Posted by Reginald | November 19, 2014
Recommended immigration lawyer
David helped me with my green card release. He was very responsive and helpful to my concerns during the whole process. He was very professional in handling my case.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Gottfried & Gottfried, LLP.
  • 2014 - Present
  • Associate Trial Attorney
  • Law Offices of Jonathan D. Mandell
  • 2011 - 2013

Education

  • Suny Buffalo
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • State University of New York, Farmingdale State College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2006

Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2023
  • Rising Star
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
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Publications

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • The Diplomatic Visas Handbook (update)
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • Daily Newscast NPR
  • President Trump's executive order suspending work and family-based visas
  • 2021
  • 2017 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law
  • From Diplomacy to Residency: Diplomatic Visa Holders Changing Status From NIV to LPR
  • 2017
  • OPT and Post OPT
  • Immigration Options Post OPT
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (8)
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Immigration Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David is very knowledgeable. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a very knowledgeable and thorough attorney. He is a great resource and great referral source if you need a responsible immigration attorney who will work hard for your client to get the best results."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David is a Go-To Guy on all immigration matters regarding United Nations and G-4 issues. A strong attorney with careful attention to detail!"
Immigration Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I know David Gottfried as a hardworking and very serious professional. His experience in the immigration field is not extensive but is solid. However, David Gottfried’s profile speaks for itself. You can Google his name and you will see how many recommendations he got, simply he has become an expert in his field and he can undoubtedly get my full recommendation."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. David is an exceptionally gifted Immigration Attorney. He always treats my clients with the utmost care and skill."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Gottfried is a highly capable attorney committed to providing his clients with experienced, knowledgeable and aggressive representation. I endorse him without reservation."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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