David Z. Izakowitz Senior Counsel

David's practice concentrates on providing immigration law services for business clients across a number of industries.

David focuses much of his work on preparing and processing applications for both non-immigrant and permanent resident visas; advising employers on compliance with immigration laws; informing businesses and individuals about visa alternatives, including visas based on investments in the United States; and guiding clients through the naturalization process.


Nonimmigrant Visas – David has obtained the entire range of nonimmigrant work visas – including H-1B, L-1A, L-1B, E-1, E-2, E-2, TN, O-1, J, P-1, R1 – for employees, executives, managers and investors, and assisted clients in visa processings at U.S. consulates around the world.

Employment-Based Permanent Resident Visas - David has handled permanent resident or "green card" applications in all employment-based categories, including persons of extraordinary ability in business, education, sciences, arts and athletics; outstanding professors and researchers; managers and executives of multinational companies; persons of exceptional ability; professional workers; and skilled and unskilled workers.

I-9 and Immigration Compliance – David has trained and advised human resource professionals and in-house attorneys on all aspects of I-9 and immigration law compliance; audited company I-9 records; and represented companies in investigations of I-9, immigration-related discrimination charges and related issues by the Departments of Homeland Security, Labor and Justice.

  • Rutgers School of Law - Newark, JD, Highest Honors, 1985
  • Cornell University, MA, cum laude, 1979
  • Wesleyan University, BA, 1976

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1989-Present

Member; 1998-present, Director; 1998-1999, Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association

Member, Virginia State Bar Association

Member, New York State Bar Association

Head; Advisory Committee, Charlottesville International Rescue Committee, 2002-Present

Member; Board of Directors; 1997-2005, President; 2001-2003, Vice-President; 1999-2001, Congregation Beth Israel

  • New York
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Named "Lawyer of the Year," Employment Law-Management, Charlottesville, Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., 2016, 2018, 2020

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law - Management, Immigration Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2008-2020

Named to “Virginia Super Lawyers,” Immigration, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2007-2010

Selected for inclusion in Virginia's "Legal Elite," Immigration Law, Virginia Business Magazine, 2005-2006

AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

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