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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

Within: Leading lawyers

Lynden Melmed - Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

Within: Immigration

Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP is a powerhouse in immigration law. The firm has seven US offices and 11 international platforms, all of which focus exclusively on corporate immigration law, and its highly experienced lawyers attract praise for offering ‘proactive solutions’ to a wide range of immigration matters. From Dallas, managing partner Jeremy Fudge and Kortney Gibson are advising a global internet technology company on the full scope of immigration issues involving over 60 countries. Gibson also manages some of the largest immigration programs in the US, with the telecoms sphere a notable sweet spot. From Houston, Roberto Caballero specializes in managing immigration programs for large oil and gas companies. In San Francisco, David Berry is assisting a multinational military contractor with immigration issues. Vernadette Antonio, who attracts praise for her ability to ‘think outside the box’, is also recommended in San Francisco; she oversees the office’s global visa practice and handles multinational immigration matters for clients from the aerospace, construction, hi-tech and engineering sectors. Washington DC-based Lynden Melmed acts for clients in immigration-related audits and federal investigations. Senior counsel Jeffrey Gorsky is also recommended in the Washington DC office. In March 2017, senior counsel Kelli Duehning, who was previously the managing attorney of the Western Law Division of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), joined the San Francisco office.

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