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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

Within: Immigration

Highly respected by peers and clients, Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP is entirely dedicated to corporate immigration matters, dealing with every aspect of immigration, including pioneering innovative technological solutions within the field. In February 2018, the firm launched a mobile, cloud-based immigration application and, in June 2018, formally established an alliance with Deloitte UK for the provision of global immigration services for multinational companies. Jeremy Fudge, managing partner in Dallas office, is focused on the delivery of worldwide immigration services to his clients. Kortney Gibson is also in Dallas, where she, in addition to managing the US program for one of the biggest technology company, assists clients in obtaining visas in the extra 0-1 extraordinary ability and H-1B specialty occupation visa categories. San Francisco-based founding partner David Berry is helping human resources and global mobility professionals to augment their worldwide immigration programs. Vernadette Antonio, who is also in San Francisco, overseas the firm’s global immigration practice. From Houston and Austin, Roberto Caballero advises clients in the energy, engineering and technology sectors with non-immigrant visas, naturalization and consular processing.  Washington DC-based managing partner Lynden Melmed is the expert when it comes to compliance issues and government investigations. Liane Cooney leads the McLean, Virginia office and focuses on clients in the software and technology industries. The firm continues to grow and now has a total of nice offices throughout the US. The newest is New York, which opened with the acquisition of 60-lawyer team from Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.; under the leadership of Robert Groban, the new team adds significant on-the-ground capabilities in the Northeast and New York metropolitan area. Ruth Clark and Stephanie Wolf were made partners in January 2018. Senior associate Tiffany Martinez from the San Francisco office is also recommended.

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