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Our Pledge

We understand that your case is important to you and we pledge that it will be important to us too. If it is a criminal case, your freedom is at stake. If it is an immigration matter, the life you have built or would like to build in the United States may be in jeopardy.

As our client, you have the right to expect certain things from us. First and foremost, you have the right to expect that, from the time of our first meeting through the final resolution of your case, our firm’s founder, Attorney David Santee, will be primarily responsible for handling your case. That means that you will have the benefit of an attorney with nearly two decades of legal experience who will fight passionately on your behalf. From time to time, he may get help from a junior lawyer or paralegal. But Mr. Santee will always be the one in charge of your case and you can always reach out to him personally with any questions or concerns that you may have.

We pledge that we will keep you involved every step of the way. You can and should rely on our knowledge of the law and experience in trying cases. But we need to rely on you too. Your side of the story is important. We can’t do our job without knowing everything about it. You are the most important member of our team and we pledge that we will always treat you that way.

We pledge that we will evaluate your case and come up with the best plan for winning. This will begin with our very first meeting and will continue until the end of your case. With every new piece of information that comes in, we will reevaluate that plan and revise our strategy as necessary, but always with an eye toward winning your case. At the same time, we will identify any risks and explain them to you so that you can make an informed choice. We will give you our best advice and won’t mix words. We will always respect your decision. If you decide that you want to go to trial, we will be ready.

About Our Firm

The Law Offices of David S. Santee is a Philadelphia-based law firm that represents individuals and businesses in a variety of immigration and criminal matters. We handle complex criminal cases involving the most serious charges from the initial stages of police investigation through trial. We also handle appeals and post-conviction matters. Our immigration practice includes family-based applications for permanent residency and naturalization, employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant petitions, asylum petitions, and removal defense. We have  extensive experience with the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, having worked on more than 175 projects seeking EB-5 financing. Our firm’s founder, David S. Santee, Esquire, has nearly two decades of experience practicing law. A seasoned courtroom advocate, Mr. Santee is the former Director of Trial Advocacy Programs at Villanova University School of Law, where he continues to teach a course in Trial Advocacy as an Adjunct Professor.  Mr. Santee’s unique blend of experience in criminal and immigration matters is particularly valuable to his clients who are at risk of being removed from the United States due to pending or past criminal charges.

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  • “I have had the privilege of working closely with Mr. Santee for over 5 years and have relied on his superb skills and excellent judgement to assist me in completing complex cases to successful outcomes. Our organization wouldn’t be where we are today without the strong relationship we have with Mr. Santee.”

    Thomas Martin Vice President, Baker Tilly Capital
  • “Mr. Santee represented me on my appeal. He got my conspiracy charge reduced and my sentence cut in half so that I ended up with time-served. He saved me four years of parole!”

    K.T. Lawncrest
  • "I thought I was going to die in prison. However, today I can see the light at the end of the tunnel because of the dedication and hard work of Attorney at Law David Santee. Anyone who is seeking true representation from an attorney who is not going to take your money and sell you out should consider David Santee because he will ensure your rights are protected."

    Luis Gonzalez Former Juvenile Lifer

More About What We Do



We represent individuals seeking visas, residency, and citizenship, as well as individuals in immigration court when they are facing deportation. We also work with businesses seeking financing through the EB-5 Immigrant Investor program.


Criminal Defense

We handle everything from summary offenses to homicide, from arrest through trial in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties. We also handle appeals and post-conviction matters throughout Pennsylvania.



Crimmigration is the area of law that sits at the intersection of criminal law and immigration. Our firm has experience in each area to benefit any noncitizen client with a criminal case. We also advise criminal defense attorneys with noncitizen clients.

Based in Philadelphia
Serving all of Pennsylvania

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