David L. Wilson

Top rated Immigration attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Wilson Law Group
David L. Wilson
Wilson Law Group

Practice Areas: Immigration; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 1997

Education: William Mitchell College of Law

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023

Wilson Law Group

3019 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55406 Visit website


Attorney David L. Wilson is the founder of Wilson Law Group in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and serves as the firm's manager. Widely regarded as among the top attorneys in his region, Mr. Wilson devotes his practice solely to immigration law, and he provides unmatched representation and support to clients throughout Minnesota and across the globe who seek a brighter and better future in the United States.

A leader in his field, Mr. Wilson has served on the adjunct legal faculty at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, where he has taught classes involving immigration law, writing research advocacy and presentation as well as appellate advocacy and other subjects. He has also appeared on a number of local and national television, print and news outlets, where he has offered an in-depth legal commentary on a variety of topics, and he has written extensively and conducted continuing legal educations seminars across his region.

Moreover, Mr. Wilson has served as chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association's Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter, and he is an active member of the Federal Bar Association and the Minnesota State Bar Association, among his other professional affiliations. A selfless attorney, he also routinely volunteers his time and services to domestic violence victims and their children, and he received the 360 Communities Caring Award in 2013 as well as recognition from the Children's Law Center of Minnesota for his pro bono work.

Among his other awards and accolades, Mr. Wilson received the Minnesota Justice Foundation's Private Attorney Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award in 2016 as well as the Attorney of the Year award in 2015 from Minnesota Lawyer. He has also received the Minnesota Women Lawyers' 2014 Leadership Award along with the Small Business Administration's Small Business Excellence Award that same year.

A 1993 cum laude graduate of the University of St. Thomas, Mr. Wilson obtained his Juris Doctor cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law) in 1997. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota and the District of Colorado, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd, 8th and 9th circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Practice areas

Immigration: Consumer, Immigration: Business

Focus areas

Asylum, Naturalization & Citizenship

  • 50% Immigration: Consumer
  • 50% Immigration: Business

First Admitted: 1997, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: https://wilsonlg.com/staff/profile/david-l-wilson

  • Recognized for Children's Law Center of Minnesota for pro bono work, 2012
  • Annual award to private attorney providing pro bono representation., Minnesota Justice Foundation Private Attorney Pro Bono Lawyer, Minnesota Justice Foundation, 2016
  • 360 Communities Caring Award 2013 for pro bono work
  • Award to firm demonstrating commitment to empowering women lawyers., Leadership Award, Minnesota Women Lawyers, 2014
  • Annual attorney recognition award for contribution to the law and the legal community., Minnesota Lawyer Attorneys of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2015
  • Ramirez-Barajas v. Sessions, 877 F.3d 808 (8th Cir. 2017)
  • Ortiz v. State, 2015 WL 46367 (Minn. Ct. App. 2015)
  • Onduso v. Sessions, 877 F.3d 1073 (8th Cir. 2017)
  • Kanyi v. Gonzales, 406 F.3d 1087 (8th Cir. 2005)
  • Mohamed, et al. v. Ashcroft, 396 F.3d 999 (8th Cir. 2005)
  • Flores Calderon v. Gonzales, 472 F.3d 1040 (8th Cir. 2007)
  • Llapa-Sinchi v. Mukasey, 520 F.3d 897 (8th Cir. 2008)
  • Pavlovich v. Gonzales, 476 F.3d 613 (8th Cir. 2007)
  • Nguyen v. Mukasey, 522 F.3d 853 (8th Cir. 2008)
  • Khilan v. Holder, 557 F.3d 583 (8th Cir. 2009)
  • Gaitan v. Holder, 683 F.3d 951 (8th Cir. 2012)
  • Nyari v. Mukasey, 562 F.3d 916 (8th Cir. 2009)
  • Salheen v. Holder, 618 F.3d 957 (8th Cir. 2010)
  • Escoto-Castillo v. Napolitano, 658 F.3d 864 (8th Cir. 2011)
  • Odunlade v. City of Minneapolis, 823 N.W.2d 638 (Minn. 2012)
  • Mauti v. State, 2015 WL 303682 (Minn. Ct. App. 2015)
  • Ortiz v. Lynch, 796 F.3d 932 (8th Cir. 2015)
  • Bonilla v. Johnson, 149 F.Supp.3d 1135 (D. Ct. Minn. 2016)
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Presenter: Best practices before the immigration court, AILA Upper Midwest Immigration Law Conference, 2010
  • Presenter: The State of TPS: A Look at the Litigation Landscape, 2019
  • CLE Panelist: Federal Circuit Court Litigation: The Latest in 8th Circuit Jurisprudence, 2018
  • Presenter: Removal Defense, AILA Web Seminars, 2007
  • Presenter: Client Management from Day One: Intake and Beyond at the 2014 Upper Midwest AILA Immigration Law Conference
  • Presenter: The Transformation of the Practice of Immigration Law Since 9/11, FBA
  • Presenter: Intersection of Criminal and Immigration Law, Criminal Justice 2012: Legal, Forensics and Ethics - Part II
  • Presenter: Intersection of Criminal and Immigration Law, Criminal Justice 2012: Legal, Forensics and Ethics - Part I
  • Presenter: Senate Immigration Bill S.744: Analysis of RPI, DREAM Act, Blue Card and Ag Visa (webinar)
  • Presenter: Unravelling the Knot of Criminal and Immigration Law, Ramsey County Attorney's Office, 2012
  • Presenter: Advocacy in the REAL (ID) World: I-9s and Other Common Pitfalls, 2014
  • Removal for Experts - I-751s in Removal Proceedings, 2015
  • Co-presenter: Charting the Court into the Unfriendly Waters of Immigration Law at the 2014 MN Fall Supervisors' Conference Association, 2014
  • MN Falls Supervisors Conference Association Presentation, 2014
  • Co-presenter: Minnesota District Judges Association 2014 Fall Conference, 2014
  • Understanding Immigrant Youth in the Minnesota Courts, 2015
  • Removal for Experts - Crimmigration Update, 2015
  • Removal for Experts - Bond / Detention / Habeas, 2015
  • Executive Orders! What Now, AILA MN / Dakotas Chapter, 2017
  • MN Falls Supervisors Conference Association Presentation, 2015
  • Author, Immigration Practice Deskbook, 2015
  • Presenter: 2016 AILA Upper Midwest Immigration Law Conference
  • Strategic panel discussion of litigation options under the Administrative Procedures Act, CLE Panelist, Forcing U Visas through Litigation, 2019 AILA National Conference, 2019
  • CLE Panelist: Introduction to the 8th Circuit, 2018
  • Adjunct Professor, William Mitchell College of Law, Writing Research Advocacy and Presentation, Appellate Advocacy, and Immigration Law Clinic
  • Adjunct Professor, Hamline University School of Law, Immigration Law
  • Authored multiple chapters in immigration deskbook, Co-Author, Immigration Practice Deskbook 2nd Edition, Minnesota CLE, 2018
  • Panel discussion of Pereria v. Sessions and the case law development that has followed.  Discussed litigation tactics in light of developing precedents nationwide., Moderator, Post-Pereira and Other Recent Court Cases, AILA MN / Dakotas Chapter, 2019
Educational Background:
  • University of St. Thomas, cum laude
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • U.S. District Court of Colorado
  • Minnesota State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • AILA MN / Dakotas EOIR Liaison, 2014 - Present
  • MSBA Member, 2019
  • AILA Member, 2019
  • Member, Federal Bar Association, 2019
  • Chair of the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2006
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Small Business Administration, Small Business Excellence Award, 2014
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • 360 Communities Domestic Abuse Shelter Representation, 2015
  • Children's Law Center of Minnesota, 2019
  • Co-Counsel with University of Minnesota School of Law Civil Litigation Clinic, 2017
Industry Groups:
  • agricultural production
  • Engineering
  • Gas
  • Information Technology
  • Landscaping
  • Oil

Office location for David L. Wilson

3019 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Phone: 612-430-8022


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