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
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 currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the US Citizenship & Immigration Service Benefits Policy Liaison committee.
- 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, Immigration Reform and
Media, helping to bring areas of concern to the government's attention,
assisting on individual cases, and forming strategy.
- She co-founded the Iowa Immigration Education Coalition,
a non-profit organization committed to providing factual information
and education to people across Iowa regarding immigration law and
- She helped organize and maintain local and state-wide grassroots advocacy groups to push for positive immigration law reform.
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