David Gearhart

Immigration Law
Lewis Rice LLC
600 Washington Avenue
Suite 2500
St. Louis, MO 63101
(314) 444-1394

As the lead attorney of the Firm's Immigration Practice Group, David W. Gearhart focuses on counseling businesses and individuals with respect to immigration-related matters including temporary/permanent work visas; permanent residence based on family relationships; citizenship; J-1 visa waivers; and securing student and visitor visas. During Dave's tenure, Firm clients have experienced a success rate exceeding 99% on immigration filings. He also regularly advises and trains employers with respect to work authorization compliance issues, I-9 audits, and investigations.

Dave's employment law practice includes litigation of employment disputes, with a particular focus on employee benefit/ERISA litigation. He successfully has handled the defense of numerous complex individual and class action employment disputes in federal and state courts, and administrative agencies, across the country.

Dave also counsels employers on human resource matters on a daily basis, such as hiring, termination, sexual harassment and discrimination, wage and hour laws, disability accommodations issues, employee leave rights, and non-compete disputes, among others.

Dave frequently speaks on immigration and employment topics and regularly writes articles on pertinent immigration and employment issues. He also has authored a book on the spousal immigration process. Additionally, Dave was selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers? for 2016 and in Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars? 2011-2014.

Practice Areas

Labor & Employment


Washington University in St. Louis School of Law (J.D., 2000)
Washington University Law Quarterly
Order of the Coif
Emory University (B.A., 1996)
International Studies and German
Sigma Chi

Legal Background

Summer associate, Lewis Rice LLC (1998, 1999)

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
American Immigration Lawyers Association


U.S. Court of Appeals: Third, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, and 11th Circuits
U.S. District Courts, Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri, Southern and Central Districts of Illinois, Southern District of Indiana, District of Kansas
Missouri Bar
Illinois Bar
Charitable & Civic Activities
Board of Directors, Shaw Avenue Children's Center (2004-2014)
Regularly handles immigration cases pro bono on behalf of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri