David S. Adams


Recent Publication:

Be Prepared for Higher I-9 Fines and More I-9 Inspections [Alert]

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a final rule imposing increased fines on employers for failure to comply with the I-9 regulations.

David focuses his practice on corporate immigration law. He has experience advising multinational corporate clients including dozens of fortune 500 companies on a variety of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, PERM, permanent residency, and consular processing issues. David provides enterprise-wide advisory services to support corporate clients on a programmatic level and works alongside clients’ legal departments, mobility groups, HR, talent acquisition, and business stakeholders to help them understand policy changes, assess the impact of these changes to their workforce, and modify their immigration program accordingly.

Prior to joining the firm, David worked at an international law firm as a paralegal, client services manager, and associate. As an associate, he was responsible for the supervision of various legal professionals including the billing of more than $5 million annually. He effectively monitored the daily activities of subordinate professionals including the assignment and monitoring of workloads, performance management, review and supervision of all activities, and assignments of productivity goals. He also trained and mentored new hires and ensured appropriate growth within the firm. As a client services manager, he was responsible for data analytics and overall reporting to the client including overall operations relationship management. He also managed the day-to-day office operations, set priorities, and utilized staff and facilities to maximize efficient performance and develop and administer office policies and procedures, including performance appraisals. David would also do monthly audits of immigration data to ensure accuracy including in-depth analysis of immigration case types and related expiration dates to be tracked for future extensions.

David earned his bachelor’s degree and MBA Primer in business essentials from Rutgers College. David earned his law degree from Seton Hall University.

David is a father of 4 wonderful children that keep him very busy outside of work, but in the rare moment he is free, you can find him on a golf course somewhere.

Not a member of the New York Bar. Admitted in New Jersey only.



JD Supra Recognizes Cozen O’Connor Attorneys in 2024 Readers’ Choice Awards

March 27, 2024

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Olivera, Lawrence Prosen, and Frances Rayer have been selected as top authors for JD Supra’s 2024 Readers’ Choice Awards for their thought leadership on key topics during 2023. Additionally, David Adams and Scott Bettridge were recognized for authoring a top-read article on immigration.

ETIAS Delayed to 2025

March 18, 2024

David Adams and Scott Bettridge were quoted in a SHRM article discussing the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS), set to launch in 2025, and what employers and travelers should know about this pre-travel clearance system.

Legal 500 Recognizes Six Cozen O’Connor Practice Areas and 16 Attorneys in its 2023 Guide

July 10, 2023

Cozen O'Connor's Aviation (Litigation/Regulation), Construction, L&E, M&A (Midmarket), Shipping (Finance and Litigation/Regulation) practices were ranked by the Legal 500.


Be Prepared for Higher I-9 Fines and More I-9 Inspections [Alert]

July 19, 2024

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a final rule imposing increased fines on employers for failure to comply with the I-9 regulations.

USCIS Fee Increase: What You Need to Know to Plan Your 2024 Immigration Budget [Alert]

January 31, 2024

Scott Bettridge and David Adams discuss the USCIS fee increases and what you need to know to plan your 2024 immigration budget.

ETIAS Will Launch in 2025: Impact on Over 1 Billion Travelers to Europe [Alert]

January 19, 2024

The European Travel Information and Authorization System roll-out has been postponed to 2025. Scott Bettridge and David Adams discuss what to expect.

Cozen O'Connor Immigration Catch Up: October 2023 [Alert]

November 06, 2023

Scott Bettridge and David Adams highlight immigration updates from the month of October.

Cozen O'Connor Immigration Catch Up: September 2023 [Alert]

October 04, 2023

Scott Bettridge and David Adams highlight immigration updates from the month of September.

ETIAS to launch in 2024: How it will impact over 1 billion travelers to Europe [Alert]

August 02, 2023

The European Travel Information and Authorization System will require all US citizens to obtain ETIAS approval prior to travelling to Europe.

Florida Bill 1718: Potential Impact on Employers and Employees in Florida [Alert]

May 12, 2023

The bill targets the influx of illegal immigration into the state with tougher employment requirements and adding some of the strongest penalties in the nation.

USCIS Proposes Rule to Adjust Certain Immigration and Naturalization Fees [Alert]

January 09, 2023

USCIS published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to adjust certain benefit request fees, which haven’t been changed since 2016.

USCIS Updates Policy to Automatically Extend Green Cards for Naturalization Applicants [Alert]

December 12, 2022

Effective Dec. 12, 2022, USCIS will automatically extend the validity of Green Cards for lawful permanent residents who have applied for naturalization.

Non-U.S. Nonimmigrants to Provide Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination [Alert]

November 09, 2022

The TSA has extended the requirement for all nonimmigrant foreign nationals to present proof of being fully vaccinated prior to entering the United States.

DHS Extends Form I-9 Flexibility through July 31, 2023 [Alert]

October 18, 2022

DHS and ICE announced that an extension of the Form I-9 flexibilities will continue for another nine months until July 31, 2023.

Diversity 2024 Immigrant Visa Lottery Program Announced [Alert]

October 07, 2022

Although the current administration has stated its desire to eliminate the DV Lottery program, it will go forward this year.

When to Start the Perm Process for H-1B and L-1B Foreign National Workers [ACC]

August 18, 2022

David Adams authored an article about employers who employ or wants to employ a foreign worker for permanent residence.

I-9 Deadline Approaching: Updates due July 31, 2022 [Alert]

July 19, 2022

On July 6, 2022, DHS announced that employers are required to update their Forms I-9 by July 31, 2022, for all employees who completed their I-9 verifications with expired documents between May 1, 2020, and April 30, 2022.

Industry Sectors


  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 2019
  • Rutgers College, M.B.A., 2005
  • Rutgers College, B.A., 2002
  • New Jersey