David J. Garrett’s practice at Nexsen Pruet focuses on immigration-related matters and civil litigation. Mr. Garrett is a member of both the Firm's employment and labor and immigration practice groups.
Mr. Garrett assists multi-national companies with international workforces to expedite the movement of workers and goods. He also assists businesses with immigration compliance matters such as Form I-9, Electronic Form I-9, ICE inspections, and corporate immigration policies, immigration issues in mergers and acquisitions, and export licensing requirements for companies that hire foreign nationals.
Mr. Garrett's experience in the immigration field includes representing business professionals with non-immigrant visas, intra-company transfers, investor visas, and consular processing of visa petitions. He also assists businesses and individuals with immigrant visa and permanent residency matters, including labor certifications, national interest waivers, employment-based petitions, and investment-based petitions.
In addition to immigration matters, Mr. Garrett represents individuals and corporate clients in several regulated industries, including manufacturing, construction, trucking, pavement markings, the import/export of raw goods and manufacturing materials, and technology companies. Mr. Garrett's experience includes Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issues for construction clients, OSHA investigations and related litigation, State and US DOT appeals of W/MBE determinations, and Department of Transportation construction contracts, as well as international antidumping/countervailing duty issues. He also regularly appears as a speaker regarding immigration compliance issues for the construction industry.
Prior to joining Nexsen Pruet, Mr. Garrett worked for Sanford Holshouser LLP, where Mr. Garrett’s practice areas focused on issues related to economic development, employment immigration and human resource issues, as well as real estate, zoning, annexation, corporate start-ups, mergers and acquisitions, commercial litigation and arbitration matters.
Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Garrett was a 6-12 grade teacher in Sandusky, Ohio and earned his Juris Doctor while working as a professional musician in the Toledo, Ohio and the Detroit-Ann Arbor, Michigan areas.
- New Form I-9 Mandatory Use Required Beginning on May 7
Starting on May 7, 2013, all employers in the United States may only use the new Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 with a revision date of 03/08/13N to comply with employment eligibility verification requirements under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.
- "The Law: New I-9 Form Shows More Changes May Be In Store For Employers"
MidlandsBiz features an article written by Employment and Labor Law attorneys David Dubberly and David Garrett.
- Nexsen Pruet International Law Group Scores Major Victory at U.S. Court of International Trade
Nexsen Pruet International attorneys David Robinson and David Garrett win major victory for international client.
- (Video) Wrapping Gifts in Raleigh for Charity
Nexsen Pruet attorneys and staff adopted families through the Junior League's Angel Tree program in Raleigh.
- "Nexsen Pruet signs lease with Highwoods, looks to hire"
The Triangle Business Journal reports on Nexsen Pruet's upcoming move in Raleigh.
- Employment Law Alert: Court Upholds Rule Requiring Federal Contractors to Use E-Verify
Removing what is likely the last hurdle to implementation, last week a U.S. District Court dismissed a lawsuit challenging implementation of the E-Verify Rule for federal contractors.
- Employment Law Alert - South Carolina Immigration Inspections: Is LLR Going too Far?
Is the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR) going to far when checking to see if businesses are in compliance with the South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act (the Act)?
- Nexsen Pruet: Only Law Firm Listed for North and South Carolina in "Trade Allies" Directory
The new edition of Southern Business & Development magazine features the "1st Annual Trade Allies Directory." Nexsen Pruet is the only law firm listed in both North and South Carolina.
- News Alert: NC and SC Counties Join Immigration Enforcement Partnership
Charleston County, SC and Guilford County, NC have entered into immigration enforcement partnerships with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
- "Altman Weil: Law firm mergers jump 33%"
The Triangle Business Journal reports that the "marriage of Cary’s Sanford Holshouser and Columbia, S.C.-based Nexsen Pruet" is one of many deals that has led to a significant jump in law firm mergers during the first quarter of 2009.
- "Tar Heel law firm joining S.C. firm"
The January 5th, 2009 edition of the Raleigh News and Observer reports on Nexsen Pruet's new North Carolina office in an article called "Tar Heel law firm joining S.C. firm."
- Nexsen Pruet Opens Raleigh Office; Ernie Pearson & Former Governor Holshouser Join Firm
Nexsen Pruet today announced the opening of a Raleigh office that will include Ernie Pearson, former Assistant Secretary of Economic Development for the North Carolina Department of Commerce, and former Governor Jim Holshouser.
- The University of Toledo, B.E. in Music, 1993
- Bowling Green State University, M.M., 1996
- University of Toledo, J.D., 2001
Bar & Court Admissions
- North Carolina
- Eastern District Court of North Carolina
- Western District Court of North Carolina
- US Supreme Court
- US Court of International Trade
Civic & Professional Memberships
- North Carolina Bar Association
- American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Board Member of Raleigh Civic Symphony and Chamber Orchestra