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Lynden Melmed is a partner with Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP and oversees the firm’s compliance and government affairs practices. Before joining BAL, Mr. Melmed served as Chief Counsel of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), that agency’s highest ranking legal position. As Chief Counsel of USCIS, he managed a legal program of approximately 130 attorneys and was a key advisor to senior leadership within USCIS, DHS, the White House, and other federal agencies on all aspects of immigration law.
Prior to his appointment as Chief Counsel, Mr. Melmed served as Special Counsel to Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), who at that time was Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship. In that capacity, he was actively involved in oversight of federal immigration agencies and played a leading role in drafting and managing the comprehensive immigration legislation that passed the U.S. Senate in 2006.
Today, Mr. Melmed counsels corporate clients on complex immigration matters, assists businesses in establishing and managing global immigration programs, and represents businesses in connection with audits and investigations by the federal government. He has served as immigration counsel in connection with several of the largest immigration investigations ever pursued by the federal government.
Mr. Melmed is uniquely situated to help clients navigate politically sensitive immigration matters. He serves as counsel to several prominent business trade associations, has testified before the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, and has strong bi-partisan connections with House and Senate leadership. He has a track-record of success in helping clients develop, draft and achieve policy solutions.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Melmed served as an attorney in the DHS and INS General Counsel’s offices, where he focused on immigration benefits, visa and border security issues. Before joining the federal government in 2002, Mr. Melmed spent four years in private practice in Dallas, Texas, first at Jackson Walker LLP and later at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLC.
Mr. Melmed has an active pro-bono practice and provides legal advice to patients and families staying at the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health. He is married and lives with his wife and three children in Bethesda, MD.
American Immigration Lawyers Association
University of Virginia, Juris Doctorate
University of Virginia, Bachelor of Arts
Admitted to: State Bar of Texas
United States: Labor and employment
Within: Leading lawyers
Lynden Melmed - Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
Specialist immigration firm Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP provides ‘excellent service in all areas - knowledge, response time, advice, value and all-round service to employees’. One of the world’s largest firms dedicated solely to corporate immigration, it has a total of 16 US partners, led by Dallas-based managing partner Jeremy Fudge. The department has particular experience of representing clients in the oil and gas sector - the Houston office was engaged as the sole strategic immigration partner to a leading oil and gas exploration and production company and the practice also handles all North American work for the largest drilling rig contractor in Canada. Founding partner David Berry in San Francisco is responsible for managing a new client relationship with one of the world’s leading aerospace companies and developing a management structure to support its ongoing programs. Another name to note is Lynden Melmed, a former Citizenship and Immigration Services Chief Counsel at the Department of Homeland Security who splits his time between Washington DC and the firm’s McLean office. Delya Ghosh and Larry Drumm, both situated in San Francisco, were promoted to the partnership.