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As one of the most experienced immigration law firms in North Texas, Tidwell, Swaim & Farquhar has the expertise to serve clients across the entire spectrum of the immigration process – from Fortune 100 companies to startups, families and individuals.

Since 1985, David Swaim has continued to influence the world of immigration law, serving both the clients that he and the firm have represented, in addition to the countless attorneys who have benefited from his guidance. The respect that he and his firm have gained over the years has been well earned through hard work, and a commitment to surpassing the expectations of each and every client he works with.

Today, he continues on this journey, helping an entirely new generation of lawyers help those who in search of the American dream.

The following is a timeline that shows the history, legacy, and evolution of the firm – from its founding in 1978 by Samuel M. Tidwell, to its rebranding to Tidwell, Swaim & Farquhar in 2020.

  • 2020

    The Firm Name Evolves

    The firm name changes to Tidwell, Swaim & Farquhar in tribute to David’s 30-year leadership of the firm and in reflection of the continued momentum fueled by a new generation of associate attorneys.

    “The same vision that started in 1978 continues on into a challenging and yet successful future.”
    –David Swaim

  • 2019

    Over 300 Seminars Delivered

    David Swaim has delivered over 300 immigration seminars to international students and faculty at colleges, universities, and seminaries in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico and Mississippi.

  • 2017

    Landmark Case

    David Swaim wins an important case in Federal court which overturned the denial of an I-140 petition under the EB-1(1) Extraordinary Ability category.


    The Firm Surpasses 40,000 Successful Cases

    The firm surpasses 40,000 successful cases, representing employers, institutions and individuals in all areas of U.S. immigration law across the country.

  • 1992

    Samuel Tidwell Dies 

    One of the most knowledgeable and respected Immigration Lawyers passes, leaving a legacy of unmatched professionalism.”  –David Swaim

  • 1991

    The Firm Changes Name

    David Swaim becomes Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

    David becomes Managing Partner and the firm changes names to Tidwell, Swaim & Associates.

    “Most immigration practices are either part of a larger firm or only represent clients on selected case types.  We are, and always will be, specialized to represent all aspects of immigration law.”  –David Swaim

  • 1989

    David Swaim Wins Important Case before the Federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

    David Swaim won an important case before the Federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that helped establish the rule in Federal Court that the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and its “fundamental fairness” doctrine applies to deportation proceedings and all Immigration Judges – helping establish the principle that Immigration Officers who testify in court may be forced to prove their expertise on the subject about which they are testifying.

  • 1985

    David Swaim Joins the Firm as Law Clerk

  • 1983

    Samuel Tidwell Becomes Board-Certified Immigration Lawyer

    Samuel Tidwell Establishes A Long Legacy of Board-Certified Immigration Lawyers.

    Sam always believed that “immigration attorneys” never achieved expert status until they met the requirements for Board Certification which are primarily five years of experience in all aspects of U.S. immigration law and passing an all-day written examination. I am proud of the fact that our firm has mentored nine Board Certified immigration lawyers and two Immigration Judges.” –David Swaim

  • 1982

    10,000 Successful Cases

    The firm surpasses 10,000 successful cases.

  • 1978

    Samuel M. Tidwell & Associates, P.C.

    Upon graduation, Tidwell moved to Dallas and started Samuel M. Tidwell & Associates, P.C.

    “This law firm became one of the most preeminent immigration firms in the U.S., in part due to Sam’s previous years of work for the Border Patrol.  Sam had the benefit of understanding the inner workings of the old Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and that insight benefited all of the attorneys and paralegals that learned immigration law through him.”  –David Swaim

  • 1975

    Tidwell Enrolls at University of Texas School of Law

    Samuel Tidwell was a veteran Border Patrol officer teaching immigration law to his fellow officers.  This year, Tidwell decided to radically change his involvement in U.S. immigration law by enrolling at the University of Texas School of Law