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David J. Chapman

Immigration Attorney at Fargo, ND

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State MN
    Acquired 1998
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State ND
    Acquired 1997
    Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2008
    MCLE Non-Practicing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1996
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

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Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    The firm practices in all areas of immigration.

    26 years

  2. Personal injury
    The firm takes a select few personal injury cases. The claim must be very solid for the firm to consider it.

    11 years

  3. Ethics and professional responsibility
    The firm represents lawyers in ethics/preofessional responsibility cases on the federal level (immigration) and on the state level (general).

    13 years

  4. Criminal defense
    The firm takes criminal cases, but usually only those with an immigration connection.

    26 years

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.

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D J Chapman Law
1121 Westrac Drive
Suite 206
Fargo, ND, 58103-2385


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Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Immigration from the U.K. for K1 Visa
I hired David in 2018 to immigrate from the U.K. for marriage, he was friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable on immigration to the USA. He guided me every step of the way and reassure me of my worries and concerns. We communicated via phone calls, email, text, used FedEx and we/ my wife now had a personal visit to his offices once when I was in the USA. I would highly recommend David who is an expert on immigration.
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Posted by Krystal | May 13, 2014
Excellent Lawyer
Mr. Chapman has exceeded my expectations through his knowledge and expertise in law. Throughout my case, he has shown tremendous determination, professionalism, and passion for his work. His work ethic and timely responses are among the many positive qualities noted throughout my case. These qualities are not only honorable, but extremely difficult to find. I would highly recommend Mr. Chapman to anyone!
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Posted by anonymous | May 12, 2014
I'M 34years old my dad hired Mr.Chapman when i was 18 years old . I had made some stupid mistakes growing up in a whole different world then i was used to . Being a refugee with a green card mistakes are not allowed and i was in more trouble with immigration then the state .If it hadn't been for Mr. Chapman i would have been deported back to my home country. Mr. Chapman is a very smart and caring attorney that i would recommend to my family and friends . Mr.Chapman is still my attorney till this day and a family friend not just for immigration issues but in all areas of law. I'm now a proud successful business owner and none of it would have been possible if it had not been for Mr.Chapman's awesome knowledge .....
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Posted by Dharmi | May 9, 2014
Good lawyer with great knowledge, responsive and professional.
Attorney Chapman is providing services to me for last seven years. He is very professional, knowledgeable & responsible. The best thing is whenever I email him, I get response immediately even if its weekend.


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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • D J Chapman Law, PC
  • 2001 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor (Paralegal Program)
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • 2002 - 2002
  • General Counsel
  • Daimler Chrysler Corporation dba Global Electric Motorcars
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Adjunct Professor (Paralegal Program)
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • 2001 - 2001
  • Associate Attorney
  • Gjesdahl & Associates
  • 1997 - 2001
  • Law Clerk
  • Lindquist & Jeffrey
  • 1993 - 1995
  • Law Clerk (Unpaid Intern)
  • North Dakota District Court
  • 1993 - 1993
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  • University of North Dakota School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor with Distinction
  • 1995
  • University of Manitoba
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992
  • University of Winnipeg
  • 1st Year Liberal Arts
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • In the Matter of [NAME WITHHELD-Immigration Court Level-Non-Public]
  • Win at the Immigration Court level and success at the USCIS level.
  • In the Matter of [NAME WITHHELD-Immigration Court Level-Non-Public]
  • Win at the Immigration Court level.
  • In re [NAME WIHHELD-Non Public AAO Case]
  • Win at the Administrative Appeals Unit level.
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  • AILA MN Dakotas Chapter
  • Chair, Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law
  • 2015 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • North Dakota State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate of Recognition
  • US Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review Pro Bono Program
  • 2002
  • Pro Bono Award
  • American Bar Association
  • 2002
  • Best Respondent Oralist
  • University of North Dakota School of Law Moot Court Association
  • 1994


  • The Bridge: The Official Publication of the Chamber of Commerce of Fargo Moorhead
  • Immigration Law (Discussing Employer Responsibility to Verify Employee Status)
  • 2008
  • Fargo Forum (Editorial Page)
  • US needs talented immigrants
  • 2008
  • The Gavel (State Bar of North Dakota)
  • Immigration Law and the General Practice
  • 2000
  • Bender's Immigration Bulletin
  • Life After Roldan: Dealing With Criminal Convictions in Removal Proceedings
  • 2000
  • Institute for Paralegal Education CLE Guide
  • Practical Legal Research and Analysis for the Paralegal in North Dakota
  • 2000
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Speaking Engagements

  • Legal Ethics: Hot Topics and Current Events
  • Legal Ethics
  • 2015
  • Fargo Kiwanis Regular Meeting
  • Local Law Enforcement of Immigration Law: The Case of Arizona
  • 2010
  • Upper Midwest AILA Conference
  • H-1b Visa Update
  • 2009
  • Immigration Debate at North Dakota Law School
  • Immigration: Good or Bad for Our Society
  • 2007
  • Regular Meeting
  • Immigration Law
  • 2003
  • Cass Cty Bar Assoc Meeting
  • Immigration Law: Current CIvil & Criminal Law Issues Facing Immigration Clients
  • 2003
  • Institute for Paralegal Education
  • Legal Research for the Paralegal
  • 2000
  • Hot Talk with Jeff Left
  • Immigration Policy
  • 2000
  • Federal Practice Seminar
  • Immigration Law/Criminal Law Interactions
  • 2000
  • CJOB Action Line with Charles Adler
  • US Immigration Law & Policy
  • 1999
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (8)
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Unknown Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the absolute best. Exceptional attention to detail, service next to none. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse David. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Chapman. He offers practical and insightful commentary in the Avvo forum."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A top-notch attorney, highly respected in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Mr. Chapman. I have consulted with him on numerous matters over the years and highly value and respect his opinions and skills."
Ethics and professional responsibility
Criminal defense