Lori T. Chesser
Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts, P.C.
Address: 215 10th Street, Suite 1300
Des Moines, IA 50309

Membership: Memberships•American Bar Association •American Immigration Lawyers Association •IMMLAW-The National Consortium of Immigration Law Firms •Iowa State Bar Association •Polk County Bar Association
University: Western Illinois University, 1984, University of Georgia School of Law, 1987
Admitted: 1987, Iowa
Biography: CONCENTRATION Lori Chesser is a senior shareholder of the Davis Brown Law Firm and the chair of the firm's Immigration Department. Lori has been practicing primarily in immigration law in Des Moines for more than 20 years.Lori assists in both employment- and family-related immigration. Her clients include small and large businesses from many sectors, such as healthcare, IT, insurance, agriculture, higher education, religious and non-profit. She also represents individuals, including immigrant family members, entrepreneurs and investors, researchers and scientists, and artists and athletes. She works collaboratively with others in the firm to answer her clients' employment, taxation, estate planning, corporate structure and compliance questions that involve immigration law aspects.In addition to her law practice, Lori's advocacy and community service activities include:•Co-founding the American Immigration Lawyers Association Iowa/Nebraska Chapter, and serving as its first Chapter Chair. •Currently chairing the Board of Trustees of the American Immigration Council. •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. •Serving on numerous AILA national committees to both liaise with the government and help form advocacy strategy. •Helping to organize and maintain local and state-wide grassroots advocacy for positive immigration law reform. She currently chairs the Greater Des Moines Partnership's Immigration Council. IMMIGRATION Law blogs • Read Davis Brown's Immigration Department Blog, Davis Brown Immigration Law Blog. Deferred Action Resources PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION AND AWARDS•AV- Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell. An AV certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. •The Best Lawyers in America, Immigration Law. Lori has been listed on Best Lawyers since 2003. •President's Commendation, American Immigration Lawyer's Association (AILA), 2012 •Immigrant Champion Award, Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit, 2011 •Chambers USA, Labor & Employment: Immigration, Iowa Ranked Band 1, 2015 •Pro Bono Award, Iowa State and Polk County Bar Associations, 1999 •Business Record's Forty Under 40, Class of 2002 •Client Distinction Award by Martindale-Hubbell. An honor given to attorneys who demonstrate superior communications ability, responsiveness, quality of service and value for money as voted on by clients. •Mary Louise Smith Human Rights Award, Des Moines Human Rights Commission, 2007 •Business Record's Women of Influence Award, 2008 •Footsteps Award, Diocese of Des Moines, 2009 - For work in social action SEMINARS, LECTURES AND PUBLICATIONS She is a frequent speaker at continuing education and advocacy programs on immigration issues, both locally and nationally. Below are some recent and upcoming presentations.• An Immigration Carol, with apologies to Charles Dickens, Greater Des Moines Committee, October 13, 2015. • Employment Challenges Faced by Immigrants and Businesses in Iowa, Leadership Iowa, Buena Vista University, April 10, 2015. • H-1B and U.S. Permanent Resident Petitions: What You Need To Know, Iowa State University, February 16, 2015 • A Church Without Borders, Pius X Catholic Church, January 27, 2015 • The Next America: Population 2043, panel member, October 22, 2014 • Driver's Licenses for Unauthorized Immigrants: Why it Matters, Iowa International Center Dialogue Series, August 5, 2014 •Immigration Reform, Lori Chesser and Des Moines, Insight on Business with Michael Libbie Radio Show, February 18, 2014 • Area Leaders Call for Immigration Reform, Business Record, February 18, 2014 •“Immigration Compliance for Corporate Counsel”, Corporate Counsel Section, Iowa State Bar Association, October 17, 2013 •“Labor Certification” and “Non-Immigrant Visas”, Iowa/Nebraska AILA Conference, October 16, 2013 •Speaker, Immigration Forum, Democratic U.S. Sens. Tom Harkin and Dick Durbin, Ames, IA, Aug. 2, 2013 • Immigration Reform Prospects and Policy, Golden K Kiwanis, July 18, 2013 • Immigration Reform Policy, American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, June 27, 2013 • Juvenile Immigration Issues & DREAM Act, State Public Defender's Criminal Law Semina, June 20, 2013 • The Obstacle Course to Citizenship; The Immigrant Journey, Iowa International Center, February 7, 2012 • Immigration Law and the I-9 Form, Addressing Top Challenges of Small to Medium Size Businesses Lunch & Learn, sponsored by the Employer's Council of Iowa and the Greater Des Moines Partnership, October 11, 2011 • I-9 Update and Training: New developments in Compliance and Enforcement webinar, sponsored by the Employers Council of Iowa, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Kaplan University and Iowa Works, June 14, 2011 •Participant, Rosenfeld Program U.S. Immigration Policy Symposium panel discussion, Grinnell College, April 13, 2011 •Speaker and member of conference organizing committee, AILA EB5 Investors and Regional Centers Conference, Las Vegas, March 12, 2011 • The Changing Face of Trial Advocacy - Immigration Law, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, February 24, 2011 •Speaker, Drake University showing of Papers, February 11, 2011 • Immigration in Today's Society, Legal Support Professionals of Greater Des Moines, February 9, 2011 •Participant, President's National Export Initiative Roundtable, Pella, Iowa, February 3, 2011 •Heartland Area Education Agency & Des Moines Area Community College, Immigration Forum Panelist, October 5, 2010 • Immigration Policy and Rule of Law: The Grand Canyon?, Iowa State Bar Association Trade Regulation and Corporate Counsel Seminar, September 10, 2010 •Guest, The Fallon Forum Radio Show, Des Moines, Iowa, June 10, 2010 •Guest, The Meria Heller Radio Show, Phoenix, Arizona, June 9, 2010 • Audit Workshop Part II-Defending an Employer in an LCA Audit, Panelist, American Immigration Lawyers Association web seminar, June 8, 2010 • Arizona Law and Policy Implications, Women for a Stronger America, June 2, 2010 •What All Lawyers Should Know about Immigration Law, Dubuque County Bar Association, April 13, 2010 •An Exploration of America's Immigration Past, Present and Future, Ray Society, April 2010 •Immigration Law and Policy, Des Moines Women's Club, March 31, 2010 •Immigration Update, 18th Annual Legal and Legislative Conference, Central Iowa SHRM & The Iowa State SHRM Council, February 23, 2010 •Immigration Issues in Education, Iowa Culture and Language Conference, Feb. 9, 2010 •Immigration Law & Economics (with Dr. David Swenson, Iowa State University), Drake University Choral Program Series, Jan. 26, 2010 •Overview of Immigration Law, Just Faith program on Immigration, Trinity United Methodist Church, January 24, 2010 •Guest, Lee Davis Breakfast Club radio show, Manitowoc, Wisconsin •Guest, Scott Vorhees radio show, KFAB Omaha, Nebraska community Lori is active in the Des Moines community and nationally, currently serving as Chair of the American Immigration Council Board of Trustees and as chair of the Greater Des Moines Partnership 's Immigration Council. Lori's history of service includes Nexus Business Women's Executive Alliance (president 2012-2013), Polk County Women Attorneys (Past President), Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute (1993 class member), the Iowa International Center (President '07-'08), and Catholic Charities (President '06). She has served in many capacities in AILA, including the USCIS Liaison Committee, Nebraska Service Center Liaison Committee, the Employment Verification Committee and the Immigration Reform Committee, among others.She chairs the Greater Des Moines Partnership Immigration Initiative task force, a joint effort with the Partnership for a New American Economy. Articles •H-1B and U.S. Permanent Resident Petitions: What You Need To Know •Attorney Lori Chesser presents An Immigration Carol, with apologies to Charles Dickens to Greater Des Moines Committee •Immigration Update: Visa application dates moved back in some categories for October 1 filings •New Immigrant Application Filing Dates Announced for October •What is going on with STEM OPT? •Four Davis Brown Attorneys Named Lawyer of the Year and 35 listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Update on Visa Delays and H-1B News •Lori Chesser awarded the A. Arthur Davis Award by the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute •16 Davis Brown Attorneys Among Best in the 2015 Chambers USA Rankings •Attorneys Kate Carlucci and Lori Chesser participate in Greater Des Moines Partnership DMDC 2015 trip •Lori Chesser awarded the Willie Stevenson Glanton Award by the Polk County Women Attorneys •Lori Chesser Quoted in the Des Moines Register •EADs for H-4 Spouses Rule Announced •Davis Brown Premier Sponsor of Leadership Education and Advancement Pipeline (LEAP) •Lori T. Chesser Quoted in the Omaha World Herald •Lori Chesser Appointed American Immigration Council Board of Trustees Chair •Initial Outline of the President's Executive Action on Immigration •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Possible Executive Action - How to prepare •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: L-1 Visa Inspections Have Begun •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Visa and Passport Delays •Lori Chesser Featured on WOI Immigration Segment •Lori Chesser to Speak on Iowa International Center Panel •Davis Brown Attorneys Attend Greater Des Moines Partnership's 2014 D.C. Trip •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Rule Allowing Work for Some H-4s, Expansion of EB1 OR Category Criteria and Automatic Work Extension for Others Progresses at USCIS •2014 Employment Law Seminar - When Things Go Wrong: I-9s, Wage Hour and Workers' Comp - Anticipating and Responding to Employee Identity Issues •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Proud to be an American - and to Help Others Become American •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Affidavit of Support (I-864) Enforceable Despite Pre-Nup, Divorce and Potential Marriage Fraud per California Court •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: H-1B Filing Date Almost Upon Us: Considerations for Employers and Employees •Lori Chesser Participates in Immigration Reform Press Conference •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Republican Immigration Principles Announced •Davis Brown Attorneys Author Doing Business In Iowa Guide for Practical Law Company •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Fraudulently-Used SSNs Can Now Be Locked •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Visa Bulletin for December: Mostly Good News, But One Dark Spot •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Border Entry Blog Series: Part 5 - Caution Regarding Use of Automatic Visa Revalidation for Mexican E Visa Applicants •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Border Entry Blog Series: Part 4 - CBP's Creative Interpretation of Status Violations •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Border Entry Blog Series: Part 3 - Entrants from Canada - Beware Unlawful Presence •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Border Entry Blog Series: Part 2 - CBP Also Pulls Down the Shades •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Border Entry Blog Series: Part 1 - Tips on Electronic I-94s •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Visa Bulletin for November - Good News Again •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Special Program for Iraqis Employed by the US Government Extended •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Is Immigration Reform Over Now That the Government is Shut Down? NO! •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: The Government Shut Down: Is Immigration Essential ? •Lori Chesser Discusses H1-B Visas and Shortage of Highly-Skilled Workers in The Gazette •33 Davis Brown attorneys named Best Lawyers in America •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: September Visa Bulletin Continues Good News •CBP awaiting guidance to form policy on same-sex marriage derivative admissions •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: August Recess - Contact Your Member of Congress! •Lori Chesser Speaks at Immigration Forum in Ames •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: USCIS Clarifies Same-Sex Marriage Immigration Benefits •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Employees Will Now Receive Confirmation of TNCs by Email •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: The Time to Audit Your I-9 Practices is Now •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Huge Leap for India EB2 in August •Lori Chesser Quoted in Bloomberg BNA Article •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: What To Do When An Employee Is Using A False ID - Corporate Policy Question and Potential Liability •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Family-based 2A Category Current for August •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: What Does the Senate Vote Monday (June 24, 2013) Mean For You? •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: How can you push for smart immigration reform without leaving your desk? •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Immigration Reform Bill Goes to Senate Floor •Lori Chesser to Present at State Public Defender's Criminal Law Seminar •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Wanted: Risk takers •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: The Benefits of Being Small Revisited •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Silverado Stages, Inc.: The Dog Ate My I-9 and When Interim Becomes Final •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: How do I prove my lawful admission now that the government is no longer issuing I-94 cards? •Chambers USA Ranks 14 Davis Brown Attorneys among Best in the U.S. •Iowa Immigration Law Blog - May 21, A Historic Day for Immigration Reform - The First of Many? •Lori Chesser Talks Immigration Reform and the Postville Raids in The Gazette •Davis Brown Attorneys Attend DM/DC 2013 •Lori Chesser Discusses Immigration Reform on WHO Radio's Simon Conway Show •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Politics of immigration: A style change or attitude change? •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: USCIS Receives 124, 000 H-1B Petitions •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: H-1B Cap Reached in the First Week of Filing •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: H-1B Season: The Running of the Bulls •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: California Service Center Temporary Closure for Plumbing Problems •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Paperless I-94 move toward implementation •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: H-1B lottery expected - Premium Processing delayed for cap-subject H-1Bs •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: DED Extended for Liberia •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: How Small is Small ? Part 2 •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: New I-9 Form Now Available! •Lori Chesser Discusses Immigration and Economic Success in Des Moines Register •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: USCIS Form Improvement? •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: When a Visa is NOT Needed •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: How Small is Small ? •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Handy tool from DHS •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Employers of High Skill Workers Can Join the Virtual March on Washington •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: What to Do When an Employee is Using a False Identity •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Provisional Waiver filing begins March 4, 2013 •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Internal ICE Documents Show Deportation Quotas •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Chink in the I-9 Admission Clause Armor •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: USCIS releases draft EB5 policy memo •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Why PERMs are so Exacting •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: New Immigration Fee Goes Into Effect •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Immigration Hearings Follow-up •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Immigration Service Releases Entrepreneur-in-Residence Training Materials •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Immigration Hearings Begin in the House of Representatives •32 Davis Brown Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2013 •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: H-1B Processing Times - in Dog Years ? •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: I-9 still valid past form expiration of August 31, 2012 •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Waiting Lines for Family and Employment Categories: When Will I Receive My Green Card? •Lori T. Chesser Celebrates 25 Years of Service •Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Do you need an attorney to apply for Deferred Action for DREAMERs ? •Nexus Frequent Traveler Requirements Eased •Senator Grassley Lifts Hold on Chaffetz Bill •Explanation of Employment-Based Visa Date Craziness •Supreme Court Arizona Decision: Better than Expected but Federal Action Still Needed •Lori Chesser Discusses Ruling on Arizona's Immigration Law, SB 1070 •Big News for DREAMERS •Initial Thoughts on DREAM Deferred Action •Lori Chesser Appointed Vice Chair of American Immigration Lawyers Association Committee •Lori Chesser to Receive President's Commendation from American Immigration Lawyer's Association •Davis Brown Attorneys to Attend 33rd Annual Greater Des Moines Partnership DC Trip •Visa Fees Changing - Some are Reduced! •H-1B Cap Update •Visa Processing Tips •L-1 Visa Validity Change Announced •Visa Pilot Program Announced •Lori T. Chesser to serve on leadership panel •Lori T. Chesser discusses I-9 Audits in the Business Record •Lori Chesser Discusses Employment Issues And Reform in Des Moines Register •Lori Chesser Quoted In Des Moines Register •I-9 Audits and Compliance: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Business •Lori Chesser to Receive Immigrant Champion Award •Encouraging Entrepreneurship? •Lori T. Chesser appointed Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association's National Access to Counsel Committee •Connecticut Court Protects H-1B Employee from Wrongful Arrest: States that Regulation Extending Work Authorization based on Timely Filed Extension Implicitly Extends Authorization to Remain in U.S. •Advance in EB-2 India Category Expected on May 2011 Visa Bulletin •Interviewed for Naturalization But Still Waiting? Consider Filing a Mandamus Suit •Lori Chesser Interviewed on Fallon Forum •Lori Chesser Moderating Business Implications of Immigration Reform •CIS Issues New Green Card (It's Green!) and Other News •Immigration Update - Stranded Passengers to Europe •Lori Chesser Interviewed in Des Moines Register About H-1B Visa Numbers •Lori T. Chesser named as a Women of Influence in Central Iowa •Lori T. Chesser Receives Presidential Award •Lori Chesser Named Chair of American Immigration Lawyers Association Work Group •Attorney Lori Chesser selected as recipient of Mary Louise Smith Award •Lori Chesser to participate in Immigration Summit •Attorney Lori Chesser To Serve As Panelist For An Immigration Round Table Discussion