Allan Witz is an attorney, mediator and arbitrator who practices in the Rochester, Minnesota office of Witz Law P.A. He is licensed to practice law in Minnesota, Florida and Michigan. Allan previously practiced in South Africa from 1986 until 2001, when he immigrated to the USA.
Allan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (UCT), a Bachelor of Laws degree (Rhodes), and a Master’s degree in Commercial Law (Company Law and Income Tax) (UCT). He also has a Master’s degree for International Lawyers and a Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, (class rank 7th of 197) from Hamline University School of Law.
Allan’s principal practice areas are business law, estate planning, and immigration law. Allan also undertakes special projects for local and international clients requiring the research, interpretation and strategic application of complex national and international laws and regulations, and he has extensive experience in international business transactions.
Allan is an Early Neutral Evaluator (SENE /FENE) and a qualified neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice. He has extensive experience in family and civil mediations. He received a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Hamline Law School’s Dispute Resolution Institute. At law school he received a CALI award for Excellence in Dispute Resolution.
Allan is currently a member of the Minnesota Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board, following his appointment by the Minnesota Supreme Court. He is also the current Chair of the Rochester Police Policy Oversight Commission. He serves as President of Mediation & Conflict Solutions, a non-profit organization providing mediation services, and is Vice-Chair of the Olmsted County Human Rights Commission. Allan volunteers for the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Legal CORPS Business Law Clinic.
Allan is a former member of the Minnesota State Bar Assembly; was President of the Third District Bar Association, and was President of the Olmsted County Bar Association. He has also served on the Council of the Minnesota State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, and has served as the Chair of the Third District Bar Association Fee Dispute Resolution Committee. He is a former member of the Third District Bar Association Ethics Committee and has been the Chair of the Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association, a non-profit organization providing services to refugees and immigrants.
Allan has been a guest speaker on law and ethics at the University of Minnesota Rochester UMR Connects lecture series, and moderated a public debate on the proposed 2012 Minnesota Voter ID constitutional amendment. He also moderated the public forum of the Rochester Police Policy Oversight Commission as part of the Commission’s outreach to obtain public comment on the proposed body camera policy for the Rochester Police Department.
Allan has written and presented continuing education courses for lawyers and mediators, and for insurance and real estate professionals. As an adjunct instructor, Allan has taught courses in law, business and ethics in the United States. He has also presented workshops on international business and international business law to MBA students in China.
David I. Witz leads the immigration and real estate practice at Witz Law P.A. David has practiced United States Immigration and Nationality law for over 15 years and real estate law for over 20 years. David is a member of the State Bars of New York and Florida, and is licensed in South Africa. He is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Florida Bar Real Estate Section.
David received a Master of Laws degree in Comparative Law from the University of San Diego, CA, a Juris Doctor degree from Nova Southeastern University, FL., and his Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
David has extensive experience in visitor and student visas, work (E, H, L, O, P & TN Visas), training visas, family based immigration, employment based immigration (EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3), perm, adjustment of status applications, consular processing of visas, the National Visa Center (NVC), naturalization, and represents clients before the Immigration Courts in CA, FL, MN, NY, TX and AL, in removal/deportation cases. David also represents clients in urgent stays of removal/deportation after a final order of removal, and in Appeals, Motions to Reopen, Waivers, Federal Court litigation and post-conviction vacation of criminal convictions where constitutional issues intersect with immigration and nationality law.
In his real estate practice, David focuses on transactional real estate matters representing local and international buyers and sellers in the purchase and sale of condos, co-ops and land transactions.
David has served as a director on the board of a 399 condo building in Miami Beach, FL. He has been an adjunct instructor in Public International Law, and has been interviewed by international publications on U.S. immigration issues.