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Lori T. Chesser


Lori Chesser is a senior shareholder of the Davis Brown Law Firm and the chair of the firm's Immigration Department. She has a background in finance and corporate law, but has been practicing primarily in immigration law in Des Moines for 20 years.


As an immigration lawyer, Lori represents individuals and companies in employment-based immigration applications for both temporary and permanent positions, assists in making visa applications, trains and advises companies on I-9 compliance and audit response, and helps plan immigration strategy for business owners and entrepreneurs. She also assists in family-based immigration, including fiancé(e) visa applications and marriage-based and other family-related immigration issues. Finally, she advises clients on maintaining permanent residence and applying for naturalization, and works in conjunction with the firm's tax and estate planning departments to optimize immigration status for financial planning purposes.


Lori has been active in immigration advocacy and as a liaison with the federal government regarding immigration issues, as well as in the Des Moines community:

  • She co-founded the American Immigration Lawyers Association Iowa/Nebraska Chapter, and was its first Chapter Chair. 
  • She is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Immigration Council.
  • She was involved in advocating for the opening of the Des Moines Suboffice of the Immigration Service so that Iowa residents would not need to travel to Omaha for their immigration applications.
  • She served on numerous AILA national committees, including the Nebraska Service Center Liaison, USCIS Benefits and Immigration Reform and Media, helping to bring areas of concern to the government's attention, assisting on individual cases, and forming strategy. 
  • She helped organize and maintain local and state-wide grassroots advocacy groups to push for positive immigration law reform. She currently chairs the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Immigration Council.


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