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David S. Jones

Regional Managing Partner, Memphis
t: 901.526.0431
f: 901.526.8183


David Jones is the managing partner of the firm's Memphis office. He practices exclusively in the area of immigration and related employment and compliance matters.

He represents clients in complex matters relating to both immigration benefits and enforcement and in proceedings before the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Labor, the Department of Justice and the Department of State, as well as in matters related to citizenship status discrimination and export control compliance under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR).

David has extensive experience in assisting companies with hires or transfers of employees from outside of the U.S. in industries such as agriculture, banking and finance, chemicals, construction, energy, entertainment, healthcare, education, hospitality, information technology, insurance, logistics, manufacturing, mining, recycling, research, restaurant, retail and sports.

He is a regular author and conference speaker and has presented before numerous organizations including Association of Corporate Counsel, Society of Human Resource Management, NAFSA—Association of International Educators, National Association of Colleges and Employers, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and various Bar Associations. David also frequently participates in outreach programs educating the bar and public about legal issues through pro bono clinics, interviews, and seminars.

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (2020 - 2021)
  • "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers (2017-2018)
  • Memphis Business Journal's 2018 Best of the Bar Awards, Honoree

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Foreign Student Advisors
  • NAFSA Trainer Corps
  • University of Memphis Academic Internship Advisory Board
  • Mid-South Latino Chamber of Commerce, Board Member and Chair, Education Outreach



Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • January 22, 2020 “Seeing 20/20 in 2020: What Employers Need to Know for Labor and Employment in the New Year,” Association of Corporate Counsel TN, Memphis, TN
  • “Immigration Compliance in the Extreme Vetting Era”-  Association of Corporate Counsel TN CLE 3/20/2019
  • Associated Builders & Contractors – ICE Seminar 1/25/18
  • SHRM Half Day Legal Seminar on Tuesday, March 20, 2018
  • Watermelon Grower Association Annual Labor Forum 2/24/18
  • Mid-South Latino Chamber of Commerce Annual Seminar 8/22/18


  • "International Travel Advisory for Foreign National employees" (October 2017)
  • "Employers need to be mindful of pitfalls of F-1 student visa travel through the OPT program (September, 2017)
  • "Surviving the ICE Age," HRPros Magazine (April, 2012) [Author]
  • "The Growth of State Immigration and E-Verify Legislation," PEO Insider (April, 2012) [Co-Author]
  • "Immigration Overview (U.S.)," ACC QuickCounsel (March 2012) [Co-Author]
  • "State Immigration Legislation in the Midsouth," HRPros Magazine (February, 2012) [Author]
  • "Mandatory E-Verify: A PEO's Guide to State E-Verify Laws," NAPEO Legal Insights, Volume 4, Number 3 (December 2011) [Co-Author]
  • "Immigration Essentials for In House Counsel: The Current and Future State of U.S. Immigration Law and Policy," ACC Docket (May 2010) [Co-Author]
  • "A Chance For Real Immigration Reform," Law360, Doc. No. 99438 (May 7, 2010) [Author]
  • "Best Practices for Immigration Law Office Management," Immigration &
    Nationality Law Handbook (January 2008) [Assisted in Updating Chapters]
  • "Technology for the Immigration Practitioner," Immigration & Nationality
    Handbook (January 2006) [Co-Author]
  • "Protecting Your Data and Recovering from a Disaster," Tech Notes article from Immigration Law Today (September 2005) [Co-Author]
  • "The Personal Digital Assistant (PDA): Six Ways It Can Change Your Life ... In an Instant!" Tech Notes article from Immigration Law Today (May 2005) [Co-Author]
  • "Cutting the Cord: The New World of Wi-Fi," Tech Notes article from Immigration Law Today (September 2004) [Co-Author]
  • "Gadgets for Today's Immigration Lawyer," Tech Notes article from Immigration Law Today (March 2004) [Co-Author]
  • "Selected Bibliography Of Print And Electronic Resources For The Immigration Practitioner," Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook (January 2004) [Assisted in Updating Chapters]
  • "Extranets and the Immigration Practitioner," Tech Notes article from Immigration Law Today (November 2003) [Co-Author]
  • "Selected Bibliography Of Print And Electronic Resources For The Immigration Practitioner," Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook (January 2002) [Assisted in Updating Chapters]
  • "U.S. Immigration—A Legacy of Reform and Reorganization: Problems and Possible Solutions," J. INT'L L., 409 (January 1997) [Author]


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