Skip to main content

David Swaim

Immigration Attorney at Dallas, TX

4.8   96 reviews

also known as J. David Swaim Jr.


Licensed for 36 years

Virtual consultation available

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

1
Practice area
  1. Immigration
    100%
    David Swaim & Associates, formerly Tidwell, Swaim & Associates, has specialized in immigration law since 1978. We have helped employers, investors and families with comprehensive solutions for all their immigration needs.

    42 years, 45,000 cases

I am Board-Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law and have been the Managing Partner of David Swaim & Associates, formerly Tidwell, Swaim & Associates, since 1991. We have represented over 45,000 cases with a 95% success rate on behalf of individuals, employers, companies, and families that covered all areas of immigration law. We have developed many of the most innovative techniques for H-1 and labor certification cases, as well as created immigration procedures at dozens of companies throughout the United States. Our success is rooted in personalized solutions for each client, specifically designed to help reach their desired status/citizenship goals and achieve a better life in the United States.

I pursued Immigration Law because it is a practice in U.S. law that deals primarily with people and not money. There is a special feeling when you are able to overcome the power and resources of the Federal Government, whether the Immigration Service, Department of Labor or US State Department, to force the Government to follow the law and treat people fairly and justly.

My Associates and I are known for our extensive depth of experience and are recognized throughout the legal community and courts by our proven, industry-leading practices, care, and responsiveness. Most importantly, we are known by our clients to successfully navigate and expedite their case through an ever-changing legal and political environment. I am also one of the few attorneys in Texas authorized to represent both the University of Texas system and the Texas A&M system. What I have hoped for my clients all these years is for them to achieve their professional and personal goals for a better life.

Please visit davidswaimlaw.com to learn more about our history, success stories, and more information on why we continue to be an industry leader in all aspects of immigration law. We welcome all immigration cases; it is all we have ever done. Join our family of over 20,000 happy clients!

Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice

Avvo

Top Contributor 2022
Top Contributor

Avvo

Photos and videos

View more
Licensed for 36 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1986
Updated 10/23/2022

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

Contact David

David Swaim & Associates
12770 Coit Road
Suite 700
Dallas, TX, 75251

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  96 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
David received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2022
Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Miracle Worker
I have been working with David since June 2018 and I believe no one else could have helped me more than David did. My NIW petition was approved for more than two years until the day that USCIS sent me a NOIR (Notice of Intent to Revoke). I talked to many lawyers, most of them declined to even work with me. Few of them that wanted to work with me talked to me about general ideas and the strategy was not clear. When I talked to David, which took maybe less than 5 min, he immidietly read all NOIR and my original petition and came up with a plan that seemed to work. A strategy based on law that proved that my petition should not have been revoked, and it worked. If you are looking for someone that I believe is the best lawyer in immigration law, look no further. If you look for someone that holds your hand and tries to be political in his words but can not help you, look somewhere else. David is a straight shooter and is all about law and will fight for you like you are his son. Just so you know, in more than a year working with him, I did not talk to him more than 10min, however, there was not even once that I needed to wait for him more than few hours to respond to my emails. At some point, he offered me to fight for me in court free just because quote "I need to protect immigrants like you". That is a kind of lawyer he is and I highly recommend you to talk to him.
Read less
Posted by Vincent | March 8, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Consulted with Mr. Swaim over a complicated immigration matter. I have dealings with many lawyers over the years, and I have not met one as pleasant, thoughtful, conscientious, humble and honest as Mr. Swaim. In addition to that, he is an extremely competent attorney, whose reputation precedes him. Without hesitation, I would recommend him to anyone seeking an immigration attorney.
Read less
Posted by Jermaine | December 1, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best
I was guided all throughout the process of receiving my permanent residency and David Swaim and Associates were as helpful as anyone could be. Their replies were fast and same day to any questions I had and since the beginning I felt assured. I will definitely be using them in the future again.
Posted by Elie | June 17, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
E2 Visa
When you choose to work with David Swaim and associates, you choose to work with one the best and most experienced immigration firms in Dallas! David is a fountain of knowledge and his experience and track record says it all! I’m not impressed by people who say much and talk a lot but don’t deliver. David is a man who understands the true need and what is important and will focus on it and make sure it’s delivered! His team was very responsive all along and answered all my concerns and questions. I’m happy to have dealt with a winning team. My journey with them is only starting! Bravo David and Thanks Again!
Read less
Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Happy Client
Through David Swaim & Associates, I was able to get permanent residency for my family. He answered my inquiries quickly, and he was very honest about his thoughts on my case. He will tell you whether or not he can actually help you. However, I felt as though they always acted in the last minute, which made me constantly anxious. But they got it done and were overall helpful.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Most Confident Immigration Attorney in Dallas Tx.
David Swaim, is a Good, confident attorney. He has the experience and knowledge of how the US immigration system works, if anyone is looking for a confident attorney to get their US immigration process successfully completed, David can get it done. I am sure he can tell before taking the case if it will get approved or not. He has that kind of confident, which I admire a lot. His Staff Katie and Erica are quite knowledgeable and reassuring. I won't second guess David's ability and skill. I was introduced to Mr. Swaim by my friend who hired Mr. Swiam services and eventually became a US Citizen, In 2019 I was lucky to meet with Mr. Swaim and Hired him for my USA Green Card , during my first meeting with him , I signed the contract with him. Due to Covid-19 things got delayed but Mr. Swaim and his staff was in constant contact with me and as soon as things started to open with USA Consulate he and his office staff worked diligently and got my Green Card approved and now I am a USA permanent Resident. Honestly I was pretty nervous but Mr. Swaim was confident in my success. I will strongly encourage anyone looking for their US Immigration process to Hire Mr. Swaim services you save time, hassle and money. Again I know that Mr. Swaim know's inside out about how the whole US immigration process works.
Read less
Posted by SHaowei | April 5, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
One more happy client
i have message exchanges with Mr. Swaim. I am happy with his way of handling my request. Very happy. Hopefully, I will be able to continue to get him help. Thanks a lot.
Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I-485 RFE Response
David and team helped me to respond to my I-485 RFE as I changed my employer who filed my I-485 originally. They were able to prepare the required documents, such as Supplement-J, accurately in a short time because they know what exactly needs to be done. My I-485 was approved in less than 2 weeks after RFE response was received. Thank you!
Read less
Posted by Padmashini | August 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I’m an US citizen today only because of David- indeed a Miracle worker
My case was considered as a high profile case which was a “big talk” at many countries on television, newspapers and internet. Our honorable Prime Minister of India Mr Modi was questioned because India is not a member of the Haque convention on the civil aspects because a child is not considered abducted by a parent during that time. I was charged with the abduction of my toddler son in 2014 at Collin County court. I was incarcerated and I served time for almost 8 months on interference of child custody. My ex-husband tried all possible ways to get me deported back to India. I was under removal proceedings and my green card, including my Indian passport were taken by the immigration authorities. I was a victim to domestic violence and fled United States for the fear of my life and my child’s. My ex husband’s lawyer played all his best cards and in-fact I have not seen my son since 2015. But Mr. David Swaim is my Savior in disguise with my immigration case. He believed in me and he fought to bring justice for me. I hired Mr. Swaim in 2014 and I received my green card in 2017 and in 2021, I became a US Citizen. I have the confidence that I can reunite with my son and it would have been impossible if I was deported to India. Said so, my case is the most complicated and a very hard situation that required a lawyer like Mr. David and his team who constantly fought for me at the court and they also gave me the emotional support constantly. I can go on and on about how selfless and a honest attorney he is and his hardworking employees. Mr. Alexander accompanied me to the interviews and spent time preparing me for no extra money. Ms. Erika, Mr. Carolyn and Ms Marisa had helped me patiently prepare all my documents that required to be submitted on time. Trust me my case probably has a huge cubby filled with documents that took months to rearrange for accuracy as per the immigration’s need to give the complete details of my case but he and his hardworking team compiled it for me even during the covid19 lockdown. He promised me that he will make me a United States Citizen and he proved it- kept up his promise and emotionally supported me at every stage along with his staff members.I wish I could give him more than 5 stars... he deserves more... I’m extremely thankful to him and his team. You can blindly trust him , he works for his clients benefit and is a great hearted considerate attorney who is capable of bringing justice to you. Every lawyer I hired had washed their hands off me and ripped me off financially. But Mr. Swaim’s fees were reasonable. My family. friends and I are so thankful and grateful for his help.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | July 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Thank you very much to David and Kathryn for your help and support. They are always very responsive with emails. They are very professional and experienced. I enjoyed working with David and his team.
Posted by Juan | September 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Adjustment of Status
David and his staff were very professional and timely in preparing our case and subsequent RFE. During the time of pandemic and lots of policy uncertainty, they addressed our requests and inquiries in a polite and informative manner at all times. I highly recommend him for your immigration needs.
Posted by anonymous | September 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Immigration gurus
Mr Swaim and his team are excellent. A friend had referred him to me when I asked around for a lawyer for removing the conditions on my conditional green card. My case was tricky because I had to file a waiver because of a divorce with my US citizen wife. Mr Swaim and his team helped prepare such a solid application that there were no RFEs and I wasn't even summoned for an interview - which typically happens for a case like mine. I am fortunate to have had hired him for my case and will recommend him for any immigration related need for anyone I know.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Work ethics and kindness
David Swaim and his team of lawyers take their work ethically and with kindness. I was always thankful for their answers and guidance through out every step. Also, he makes time to keep you inform. I am very grateful to him and his team.
Posted by Tom | July 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
permanent residentship - family
It is clear that our lawyer is a professional with a lot of experience. All my email requests were responded in the range of minutes and we were taken good care of, we would certainly recruit the same lawyer again as we are confident that he would do his maximum to support us. If I could provide a constructive recommendation for improvement, it would be more details on travel restrictions during and before the application process. Our case was perhaps more complicated with switched visa status, however, a mailed FAQ brochure with advice on traveling would prepare us (e.g., be at least X days in the US before we can file for Y). In our case, we planned a trip we should not. However, the bottom line is we recommend the lawyer.
Read less
Posted by Aqsa | May 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
BEST. LAWYER. EVER.
Since the very start my case was handled with so much professionalism. They always had me in the loop of my process and kept me aware of my case. They replied to my silliest queries in the most positive and polite manner. (Even at odd timings). I’m extremely grateful to David who actually proved himself right by giving me the hope and courage - pushed my case to the fullest for a positive response when it became extremely complicated. Thank you to the entire team! The best attorney to go to no matter what circumstances the case might be. They know what’s to be done! 11/10
Read less
Posted by Claudia | February 25, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest and Professional Immigration Lawyer
David Swaim held my hand right through the immigration process with care, encouragement, and integrity, and this is what makes my journey so special. Thank you David.
Posted by Kyle | December 30, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Nice and Responsive
I called Mr. Swaim's office regarding a question I had and his secretary gave me his e-mail address and asked me to send him an email with the question to see if I need to schedule an appointment. Well I sent the email and he responded to me within a couple of hours! with some direction... It's very rare these days to find someone (especially lawyers) that will give you advice without expecting any return.. Well Mr. Swaim did, and I truly appreciate that, and wish him the best!!
Read less
Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
H1B RFE
Met David in avvo website for H1b RFE. Very Honest person and and never attempted to make the case look complicated than it is. and got my H1b approved.
Posted by Ignacio | July 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very satisfied client
I'd recommend David Swaim and his team, including Marissa Young and Erica Gomez for any immigration cases. They are very knowledgeable and they kept me informed during every step. Working with them gave me peace of mind amid the current immigration climate and my case was successfully completed. Thank you
Posted by [email protected] | January 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer and Staff
My case was very difficult, but Mr. Swaim was able to fix it with successful results. He is very honest, nice, and professional. He will let you know up front if your case is "fixable" or not. His staff is very nice too. They kept us up to date with everything on a regular basis. He answered our questions either via phone calls or E mails. Erica Gomez, our paralegal, was always prompt in keeping us updated on everything we needed to turn in and answering our questions. We would highly recommend him.
Read less
View less reviews

Cost

We have not found any cost information for this lawyer

Contact for Details

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Tidwell Swaim & Associates
  • 1991 - Present

Education

  • Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • University of Arkansas - Little Rock
  • BA Political Science
  • 1981

Legal Cases

  • Denied Asylum
  • Family received their green cards
  • Federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (1989)
  • Helped establish the rule in Federal Court that the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution
  • Denial of Naturalization Applicant
  • Naturalization was approved
View all legal cases

Associations

  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Global HR Professional Emphasis Group
  • Founding Chairman
  • 2008 - 2016
  • Bent Tree Country Club
  • Board of Directors
  • 2006 - 2008
  • DFW International
  • Board of Directors
  • 2005 - 2013
View all associations

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Cantonese
  • Chinese, Hakka
  • Taiwanese
  • Mandarin
View all languages

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Legal Leaders
  • Thomas Reuters
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Board Certified - Immigration and Nationality Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2016
  • "Legal Leaders"/Front page Bio
  • Dallas Morning News/Martindale Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Top Attorney
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
View all awards

Speaking Engagements

  • Texas Christian University
  • Finding Your Way Through Immigration Law
  • 2020
  • West Texas A&M University
  • Finding Your Way Through Immigration Law
  • 2019
  • UT Austin School of Engineering
  • Finding Your Way Through Immigration Law
  • 2019
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • Finding Your Way Through Immigration Law
  • 2019
  • University of Texas at Dallas
  • Finding Your Way Through Immigration Law
  • 2019
  • Texas Christian University
  • Finding Your Way Through Immigration Law
  • 2019
  • Texas Christian University
  • Finding Your Way Through Immigration Law
  • 2019
  • Texas A&M
  • Finding Your Way Through Immigration Law
  • 2019
  • Texas A&M
  • Finding Your Way Through Immigration Law
  • 2019
  • Baylor University
  • Finding Your Way Through Immigration Law
  • 2019
  • University of Texas at Dallas
  • University Seminar
  • 2015
  • Texas Tech University
  • University Seminar
  • 2015
  • Texas Christian University
  • University Seminar
  • 2015
  • Texas A&M
  • University Seminar
  • 2015
  • University of Texas
  • University of Texas Seminar
  • 2014
  • University of North Texas
  • University Seminar
  • 2014
  • Junvenile Delinquency Boot Camp & Advanced Topics
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity
  • 2013
  • Major Texas Universities and surrounding states for more than 20 years
  • Immigration Process for F-1 Students After Graduation
  • N/A
View all speaking engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (2)
Immigration Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Swaim provides a much-needed service on Avvo and donates time to individuals who are in need of immediate legal answers."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse David Swaim. I know this attorney from avvo forum and he impressed me with his knowledge of law and sound approach to the issues that are discussed in the Immigration and Asylum sections."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Swaim is a long time member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). His clients have enjoyed a high rate of success with their immigration cases."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an excellent immigration attorney. He gives accurate answers with which I frequently agree. He also gives prompt responses."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney, who provides so generously to the AVVO community and gives sound legal advice."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Swaim is undoubtedly a top notch attorney who has skillfully mastered his primary area of practice over the course of his professional experience. His sharp critical thinking and flawless work ethic are perhaps the key qualities which ensured the success of a remarkable number of his cases. I endorse this lawyer and encourage anyone who needs superior legal representation to opt for his services."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent Immigration attorney!"
Unknown Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Counsel David Swaim for his demonstrated legal expertise and internal wisdom selecting the most legally appropriate solutions to the matters he reviews."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
View more endorsements
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Dallas Immigration Lawyer David Swaim
David Swaim
Immigration Attorney
Dallas, TX
Licensed for 36 years
Virtual consultation available