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David J. Garrett



David Garrett’s legal practice is focused on helping foreign companies manage their direct investments in the United States to create jobs for American workers and to help local communities grow and flourish. Specifically, he helps businesses get people and goods where they need to be.

He focuses on immigration-related matters and trade-related issues, representing both individuals and companies. David is a member of the firm's employment and labor and construction practice groups, and leads the firm's immigration practice. 

He assists multi-national companies with international workforces to expedite the movement of workers and goods. His experience in the immigration field includes representing business professionals with non-immigrant visas, intra-company transfers of employees to the United States and to other countries, visas based on investments made into the United States, 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. His experience has focused on manufacturing operations, health care, and technology companies from abroad and in the United States.


  • University of Toledo, J.D., 2001
  • Bowling Green State University, M.M., 1996
  • The University of Toledo, B.E. in Music, 1993
Bar Admissions
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • North Carolina
  • Eastern District of North Carolina
  • Western District of North Carolina


Civic & Professional Memberships
  • Chair, Mackrell International Immigration Committee
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Board Member of Raleigh Civic Symphony and Chamber Orchestra
Related Insights
  • Hiring & Firing: "Best Practices for Saying Hello and Goodbye in the Workplace," Employment Law Briefing - Raleigh, February 5, 2019

Anything Low

Before becoming an attorney, David had quite a life. He earned his Juris Doctor while working as a professional musician in the Toledo and Detroit-Ann Arbor areas. He plays "anything low"- from trombone to cello to bass.

"I was a studio musician hired for recording artists, and I played in several orchestras.  I played anything from jazz to rock and roll to religious music. I've been a back-up player for groups you listen to on the radio, and have stories to tell that I won't put on the Internet."

When not playing a gig in a smoky bar or cold recording studio, Dave was a 6-12 grade music teacher in Sandusky, Ohio.

Today, when David isn't hard at work helping clients with immigration or litigation, he can probably be found working on race cars in his garage and spending time with his beautiful wife and daughter.

That is, when not playing a gig.

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"Finding immigration solutions for my clients is absolutely one of my favorite things to do. It's exciting, complex and satisfying."