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Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

1133 CONNECTICUT, AVE NW, 10TH FLOOR, WASHINGTON, D.C. 20036, USA
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Lynden Melmed

Tel:
Work +1202 842 5831
Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

Position

Partner

Career

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.

Languages

English

Member

American Immigration Lawyers Association

Education

University of Virginia, Juris Doctorate

University of Virginia, Bachelor of Arts

Admitted to: State Bar of Texas


United States: Labor and employment

Immigration

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Lynden Melmed - Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

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Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP is an ‘outstanding strategic partner’ and ‘a top choice for multinationals looking to manage global immigration issues’. Significantly, its lawyers stand out as ‘true experts’ and their ‘high level of expertise brings exceptional value to the table’, according to clients. The firm has seven US offices, and nine international platforms, all of which focus exclusively on corporate immigration law, ensuring a ‘comprehensive and seamless global approach’. From Dallas, managing partner Jeremy Fudge oversees ‘a technically excellent group’ with ‘a service philosophy that far exceeds that of competing firms’. Fudge is the key contact for the firm’s ongoing representation of a global engineering services company and regularly advises it on migration issues involving over 20 countries. The ‘extremely efficientKortney Gibson is also recommended in Dallas and manages some of the largest immigration programs in the US, with a particularly strong showing in the telecoms sphere. In San Francisco, ‘excellent global strategistDavid Berry provides ‘strong service management’; he continues to advise a multinational IT company on immigration issues spanning 26 countries. Washington DC managing partner Lynden Melmed is an ‘instantly recognizable name in the immigration space’ and his office also includes senior counsel Jeffrey Gorsky, who recently joined from the Visa Office at the Department of State. In 2016, Shawn Orme left the Houston office to join Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy.

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