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David Eli Larson

About me

I grew up in Germantown, Ohio, a small town about 15 miles from Dayton, Ohio. I love sports, particularly football and basketball. I went to Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio where I majored in English Literature and in History. I served two years in the Peace Corps in Turkey, teaching English as a second language, first in Fatsa on the Black Sea coast and then in Erzurum in the eastern mountains. I still remember how to speak some Turkish. I obtained a Master's degree in Public Administration from UNC in Chapel Hill and worked for the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Chicago and Columbus. I was Community Development Director for the City of Miamisburg, Ohio before entering law school at Ohio State. I graduated with a J.D. in 1979, took the bar exam, got married to Roberta Longfellow, honeymooned in France, and began practicing law. Roberta and I have two children, Jessica, also a returned Peace Corps volunteer (Moldova) and lawyer, and Christian, a visual, graphic, and ceramic artist. Roberta and I love reading, cooking, traveling and ballroom dancing. We have a large circle of friends, many from our church, Grace United Methodist of Dayton, Ohio, and we both have many brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. We are both grateful for the love we share, the lives we have led, and the lives ahead of us.


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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 55%
    29 years, 500 cases
  2. Chapter 13: 25%
    36 years, 500 cases
  3. Chapter 7: 15%
    36 years, 500 cases
  4. Asylum: 5%
    26 years, 5 cases



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

1590 Fifth Third Center
One South Main Street
Dayton, OH, 45402-2026


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Lloyd O'Hara Public Interest Law AwardABLE/LAWO2015
Outstanding Professional Service AwardMiami Valley Fair Housing Center, Inc.2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney shareholderAltick & Corwin Co., L.P.A.1998 - Present
AttorneyCerto & Larson1983 - 1998
AttorneyLaw Clinic of D. W. Bench1980 - 1983
Community Development RepresentativeUnited States Dept Of Housing & Urban Development1971 - 1976
Association namePosition nameDuration
University of Dayton School of LawAdjunct Professor2013 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember1987 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
Dayton Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
City of Dayton, Ohio Human Relations CouncilCouncil Member2011 - 2015
Dayton Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law CommitteeChair2003 - 2004
Dayton Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law CommitteeChair1993 - 1994
Dayton Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law CommitteeMember1990 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Family based "green card"green card approved
In the matter of Muhammad Rehan Puri, U.S. Dept. of Labor ARB Case No. 10-004ALJ decision reversed and case remanded for resolution of issue and determination of any wages owed to Dr. Puri.
In the matter of Gabriel OkunadeNaturalization granted and client sworn in as US citizen.
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Publication nameTitleDate
La Jornada Latina based in Cincinnati, OhioDriver's Licenses - Licencias de Manejo2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Ohio State University Moritz College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillPublic AdministrationMaster of Public Administration1974
Wittenberg UniversityEnglish Literature, and HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1967
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Immigration Law CourseImmigration Law2013
Osher Life Long Learning SeminarImmigration: What needs to be changed?2011
PAR 297 Immigration LawIntroduction to Immigration Law2008