Michael H. Davis


Michael earned his J.D. and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Minnesota, also attended Columbia University and the University of Seville in Spain. With more than 30 years of experience practicing immigration law, he is widely recognized as one of Minnesota’s top immigration lawyers and speaks fluent Spanish and Hebrew.

Michael handles individual, family, and employment/ investment-based cases, with a particular focus representing clients in complex visa matters at U.S. consulates worldwide. He also manages the firm’s Tel Aviv office, where he represents many of Israel’s leading musicians and other artists in connection with their U.S. work visa needs. He is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), having served as the  Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter Chair and Chair of the DHS International Operations Liaison Committee. He has served as Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Immigration Law Section. Michael writes and speaks nationally on a variety of immigration topics, with some of his recent articles including:

  1. The Consular Practice Handbook, AILA, Editor (2010-present)
  2. Immigrant Visa Processing: A Roadmap (Minnesota CLE, 2015)
  3. Provisional Waivers of Inadmissibility for Unlawful Presence and Related Waiver Issues (Minnesota CLE, 2015)
  4. “Evaluating and Defending False Claims to U.S. Citizenship” (AILA’s Guide to U.S. Citizenship & Naturalization Law, 2014)
  5. Citizens, Nationals, or Not: Defending False U.S. Citizenship Charges Under the Immigration and Nationality Act (American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2013)
  6. “To ‘E’ (Verify) or Not to ‘E’ (Verify)?  That is the Question: Advising Employers on Immigration Enforcement Compliance in an Era of Mixed Messages,”Inside the Minds: New Developments in Immigration Enforcement and Compliance (Aspatore Books, 2012)
  7. Practice Pointer: Dealing with the Unlawful Presence Bars (AILA, 2012)

For more information on Michael’s qualifications, including recommendations by past clients, please review his profile at LinkedIn or at Avvo