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David Sebastien Gervais

Immigration Attorney at Plattsburgh, NY

5.0   46 reviews

Licensed for 15 years

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    40%
    spousal green card and citizenship applications as well as L-1A, L-1B, TN, and other business visas

    10 years, 200 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    25%
    Criminal defense across New York and in the Province of Quebec: DWI, assault, burglary, theft. Jury and non-jury trials.

    15 years, 2,000 cases

  3. DUI and DWI
    25%

  4. Speeding and traffic ticket
    10%

    15 years

I was born in Canada, went to law school in Montreal and got married to a beautiful American! We now have two children, and we live in upstate New York. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work as a sous-chef, a logger and a carpenter in my younger years. I have dedicated the last 15 years of my life to law. I now have a Master's Degree in Law and i regularly practice in New York and in Quebec. I have been hadnling criminal cases for almost ten years now and i have been involved in Immigration Law for about 5 years. I routinely represent Canadian clients who face criminal charges in the United States, whether in New York  or federal courts. I've also handled hundreds of TNs, L-1a and L1-b visas.

When i'm not practicing law, and after the kids are in bed, i like to create metal scultptures, fix broken engines and listen to and play music.  

Licensed for 15 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2007
Updated 06/11/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact David

Law Office of David Gervais
22 Us Oval, Suite 204
Plattsburgh, NY, 12903-5902

Reviews

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Posted by Matt | November 2, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great response time
Dave got right back to me and was on point! He made the whole process of getting my wife approved for a green card easy!!!
Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
The Best!
I found myself in a really bad position while crossing the border into the US. I was charged with three serious misdemeanors. I thought my career was over. It’s imperative that I’m able to cross borders for my job. The first person I called was Dave Gervais And I’m so grateful that I did. He listened and immediately put my mind at ease, well as much as possible. Dave is thorough, thoughtful, caring and funny. He answered my emails and calls immediately and was always there to talk me off the ledge. In the end he was able to get all charges dismissed! I cannot say enough wonderful things about Dave Gervais. I’m so happy I found him and anyone would be lucky to have him on their side.
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Posted by Kenneth parent | June 1, 2022
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Best lawyer in New Your State!
Mr. Gervais is by far the best lawyer you can retain! As my lawyer he was able to get all DWI charges against me dismissed! As a result of that I was able to keep my CDL licence and my ability to cross the US/ Canadian border for my job. He was always in contact with me about my case , throughout the whole process. I highly recommend him!
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Posted by Justin | April 26, 2022
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Experienced and friendly
I retained David to try and get my license back. He worked diligently to get points removed from my abstract and was successful! He is a stand up lawyer that's honest and upfront as well as being available to answer questions even in his off time! He worked tirelessly to find a way to help get me relicensed and I am extremely satisfied with his work and my overall interactions with him!
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Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2022
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Great lawyer
Helped me beat a difficult case and get a great plea deal. Definitely recommend
Posted by Bruce | February 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Credit To His Profession
It is a great honor to know and have had the good fortune to have Mr. Gervais represent me in personal legal matters. I came to find out about David quite a few years ago when I was seeking legal counsel and was unsure of whom might be the best choice in lawyers. After speaking with a number of people in the legal field, the name of David Gervais came up repeatedly. I have not regretted my choice to retain David as my lawyer for one second. David has proven to be thorough, leaving absolutely nothing to chance and he is meticulous in matters of law. He is also a man of great patience. This he displayed when he first represented me and appearing in front of an inexperience judge, he basically had to walk the judge through the entire case. If you are looking for a lawyer that will fight hard for you and see that justice is served, this is the person you want.
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Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2022
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David is a thoughtful and effective lawyer.
David was able to secure a dismissal in my disorderly conduct case. The case was a relatively minor charge, and one I’m sure he has handled dozens of times. Despite this, David treated me and my case individually, taking the time to carefully explain details and reassure me throughout the process. He and his office were clear and communicative. If you’re in trouble and need legal advice, give David a call—I’m glad I did.
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Posted by Lori | July 26, 2021
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Best decision I've made was hiring David Gervais!!
I met with David Gervais for the 1st time at a consultation in November 2020 & was a nervous wreck regarding my legal situation. I was extremely impressed with his positive attitude & professional & calming demeanor, so I did not hesitate to hire him to represent me for my violation of felony probation case. Throughout the past 8 months & 4 separate court appearances, David has stood by my side, supported me, fought for me, spent hours discussing my case in person as well as over the phone & has even contacted me over the weekend to make sure that I was doing okay. His exemplary work ethics & genuine compassion for his clients have surpassed any expectations I could've had & I'm so very thankful to him for all the hard work he's done for me. My VOP sentencing was last Tuesday 7/20/21 and the judges decision blew my mind!! My probation was terminated effective immediately & I have no further legal obligations to the court. At best, I had hoped for being allowed to continue on probation & make up the past 8 months that I was on violation, so the outcome was a 100% win for both myself & David!! That's what happens as a result of diligence by an attorney who's well respected in this community. My review wouldn't be complete without giving a shout out of gratitude to the woman working for this amazing law office...Beth is a true gem & is on top of everything!! She's been there for me with a smile on her face whenever I've needed anything. David & Beth are a winning team & anyone in need of legal representation would be lucky to have these 2 wonderful people in their corner.
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Posted by Gurkirat | July 2, 2021
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Thanks David
David Gervais helped me walk through my bad days with his expertise and knowledge about my criminal case. He was a phone call away to help me with any questions and thoughts i had. I am very satisfied with his work and efforts. Totally recommend him.
Posted by Jonah | May 25, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Incredibly professional & personable
David went above and beyond in his work on my case and was able to reduce the tickets/charges to a more than desirable condition. I couldn't be more elated with her service and personable touch the the interactions and management of my case.
Posted by Joseph | April 20, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyers in the business, highly recommended
David and his assistant were very professional and very considerate of my situation. I'm am very happy at the outcome of the case and suggest this team to anyone who needs this type of representation. Excellent job and I thank you very much.
Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing attorney and team
You will not find a better attorney in plattsburgh he has a great team Beth his secretary is amazing. I can promise you they will fight for you and you will not regret hiring him. David Gervis is worth every penny spent he will not let you down
Posted by anonymous | December 23, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Super Lawyer!
Consulted with, then immediately hired, Mr Gervais, as my first attorney ever, to represent my case. And, after nearly a 10 month long fight, back and forth with court appearances and teleconferences, Mr Gervais ushered in excellent results. One charge greatly reduced and the other (biggest), Dropped! Recommend him to anyone in search of an attorney. Just reach out to Mr David Gervais to see if he could help you!
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Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2020
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Excellent Attorney!
David is very knowledgeable and stands up for what is right for his clients!
Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Chill guy gets it done
He fought a traffic ticket for me. Got it reduced to something i was happy with. Reasonable cost and great service.
Posted by David C | October 2, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
The Best Lawer
Mr. David is the Best Lawyer i ever had in my life. He is extremely educated, attentive and polite person. Explains all details you need to understand and will achieve the best possible result for you. David Gervais is the person who knows how to do his job.
Posted by Jimmy | August 13, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Epitome of wisdom , skills and kindness
Well ... sometimes you get in to obstacles to find out the true faces of humans you deal with on day to day life . I met Mr Dave though some legal obstacles which would be dismissed soon though him . He is a highly intelligent and intellectually very sharp minded. My case was handled in very precise way. From charges to being dismissed was magical . He is very kind and understanding towards involved parties . one of the finest , in order to be a finest , you have to have a heart and mind toward your work which you love . Very soft spoken and talk less and listen more kind of attorney. He will see the invisible weakness and grab it which will ended in dismissal of the case . Why try same old ways to find attorneys though connections, this is the platform where u can get the justice through his sharp meticulous observations. Highly recommend. God bless humanity.
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Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2020
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Immigration
I approached Mr. Gervais for guidance on how to go about applying for a visa for my husband who is from the UK. I was (and still am) in graduate school and so it was important to find someone who would listen to my concerns and answer my questions so I wouldn't have to wonder and worry. Mr. Gervais gave my husband and I the peace of mind we needed to make the transition as seamless and stress-free as possible. One thing I noticed that he did that no other Immigration Attorney had done before was ask how we were doing. Not just the normal formality, but a genuine interest in how we were doing and if we are having any troubles besides immigration. He made understanding the forms and laws for immigration so much easier and helped us a great deal with any hiccups a long the way. I truly believe that if my husband and I tried to take on this process alone that we would not be sitting together in our new home now. I strongly encourage anyone navigating the immigration process to speak with Mr. Gervais first as he will help in anyway he can. Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of Mr. Gervais and his office, my husband was approved for his visa and we can finally relax in our new home.
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Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2019
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Highly recommend
I highly recommend Dave Garvias in any case or a traffic ticket in New York State. Dave is very knowledgeable and meticulous and how to proceed with your case that is for the best interest for you. Dave is quick to respond to your questions and works with you every step of the way till the end. Dave was very respectful professional and knowledgeable. I am very satisfied with the results of my case. Dave did a great job at a fair price. It was worth every cent. Thank you Dave for your hard work and perseverance in my case.
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Posted by Bénédicte | November 22, 2019
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Amazing lawyer
It was a great chance for me to be defend by Mr. Gervais. I had an "Appearance Ticket" from US customs. As I am French it also was a chance that Mr. Gervais speak French. He could explain my situation to the judge and I was dismissed with no charges. So I recommend strongly Mr Gervais. His knowledge of the law and his perception of your situation will allow him to defend you in the best possible way. Ce fut une grande chance pour moi d'être défendue par Mr. Gervais. J'avais un "Appearance Ticket" suite à un passage à la douane américaine. Étant française, c'était également une chance que Mr. Gervais parle français. Il a pu expliquer ma situation au juge et j'ai été acquitté sans charges. Je recommande donc vivement Mr. Gervais. Sa connaissance du droit et sa perception de votre situation lui permettront de vous défendre au mieux.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-200 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Staff defense counsel
  • CLinton County Drug Court
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Staff defense counsel
  • Plattsburgh CIty Court Mental Health Court
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Associate
  • Niles, Piller & Bracy, PLLC
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Associate
  • Ruchelman and Cruikshank PC
  • 2007 - 2009
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Education

  • University of Montreal Faculty of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2007
  • University of Montreal Law Faculty
  • LL.B - Bachelor of Laws
  • 1994

Legal Cases

  • People v. C.S.
  • Not guilty
  • People v O. S.
  • Not guilty of Most serious charge
  • Petition for Green Card
  • Gren card approved
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Associations

  • Northern District of New York Bar association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Barreau du Quebec
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020

Publications

  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York
  • 2020
  • University of Montreal Law Faculty Review
  • Mandatory Arbitration clauses in Consumer Contracts
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • WCAX Channel 3
  • WCAX television interview on recent criminal law changes
  • 2019
  • Phone interview
  • New York Times Interview on recent trends in Immigration
  • 2019
  • Radio interview
  • Trans-border criminality
  • 2017
  • Radio interview
  • RECENT IMMIGRATION CHANGES
  • 2017
  • Our Refugee Crisis
  • Immigration issues under Trump
  • 2017
  • Mining and Subsurface rights in the Adirondacks
  • Mining claims vs landowners rights in Adirondacks
  • 2016
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. David is an excellent criminal lawyer. Further, he has the knowledge of being a Canadian and US lawyer, which provides his international/immigration clients with this expertise that other attorneys do not have. I highly recommend David for any criminal or immigration matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"David is a fantastic attorney and person. He has an unbelievably wide array of life skills which puts him in a unique position to understand a client no matter their background. He is responsive and hard-working on any case, no matter how big or small you believe it may be. I worked hundreds of case against David and he humanized each and every client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David not only knows the law well, but he is an outstanding advocate for his clients. He is well versed in the potential immigration consequences for his clients, and knows how to get the best results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Gervais can do wonders in Plattsburgh and I highly recommend him."
General practice Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Gervais is knowledgeable, hard-working and a well regarded attorney in the community. Highly recommended."
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