David A.M. Ware

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Founding Partner
Metairie, Louisiana

Mr. Ware has over 30 years of experience in representing institutions of higher education and their students, faculty, and staff, as well as companies and individuals. His firm is one of only a handful in the nation with a consistent focus on academia, while also handling business, family, removal, asylum, and nationality cases. He has for many years been selected to the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, and has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America since 2000. For ten years, Mr. Ware has been selected as among the top immigration attorneys in Louisiana by New Orleans Magazine, and in 2005 and 2008, City Business Magazine selected him as one of the top 50 “Leaders in Law” in Louisiana, the only immigration attorney so chosen. In 2008, he was elected to Who’s Who International’s Top Corporate Immigration Attorneys – one of only 300 in the US and the only in Louisiana. Mr. Ware is a recognized leader among immigration attorneys in practice areas of interest to higher education, and he currently serves as a mentor in these areas for other immigration attorneys through AILA. He has been active in NAFSA since 1985, and is also a member of NACUA. In addition to holding several AILA and NAFSA leadership positions, he has received numerous awards for outstanding service to NAFSA. His firm is one of only three NAFSA Global Law Firm Advocates. He regularly serves as an expert speaker at both AILA and NAFSA national and regional conferences, and at the meetings of other academically-oriented organizations such as NACE and CUPA. Mr. Ware previously taught Immigration Law at both Loyola and Southern University Schools of Law.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1982

Areas of Practice

  • Business
  • Family
  • Removal
  • Asylum
  • Nationality

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1981


  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • J.D. - 1981
    • Honors: E. Ernest Goldstein Award for Best Contribution to Texas International Law
    • Law Journal: Texas International Law Journal, Staff, 1978 - 1979
    • Law Journal: Texas International Law Journal, Research Editor, 1980 - 1981
  • Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
    • B.A. summa cum laude - 1977
    • Honors: Distinction in Major
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Honors: Bildner Prize in Portuguese
    • Major: Latin American Studies
  • Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico
    • Honors: Fulbright-Hayes Scholarship 1979-1980
    • Major: Peruvian History
    • Major: Archaeology
    • Major: Literature

Honors and Awards

  • Preeminent Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2000
  • Top 50 "Leaders in Law" in Louisiana
  • Who’s Who International’s Top Corporate Immigration Attorneys, 2008
  • AV Rating Martindale-Hubbell
  • Member Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Vice Chair, Committee on International Studies, 1995 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, TSC Limited Committee, 1999 - 2001
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, NAFSA Region III Liaison, 1992 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Smith, Martin & Ware, Partner, 1986 - 1988
  • Fox and Ware, Partner, 1984 - 1986

Pro Bono Activities

  • ACLU Louisiana Cooperating Attorney, 1983 - Present
  • New Orleans Task Force on the Rights of Aliens, 1985 - 1988


  • Spanish
  • Portuguese