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Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
United States

Immigration Tier 1

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.

Firm Overview:
BAL focuses exclusively on corporate immigration law and provides the full scope of global immigration services including work permits, residence permits, and consular and document services in over 135 countries. BAL manages, regionally administers and locally delivers the global immigration programs of clients worldwide with the support of network partner(s). With the benefits of a single platform, BAL drives a positive experience for clients’ employees: one worldwide database for employee cases; one system for worldwide reporting; one contract; consolidated worldwide billing; and overall ownership to ensure BAL meets clients’ program goals and SLAs.

Main Area of Practice

Worldwide Immigration:
BAL focuses exclusively on corporate immigration law and provides the full scope of global immigration services including work permits, residence permits, and consular and document services in over 135 countries.

Government Relations:
BAL is the industry leader in helping clients around the world understand, navigate, and shape immigration law and policy. BAL’s government affairs team is the only immigration law firm in Washington D.C. comprised of former government officials who served at the US Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, and the Senate Judiciary Committee. This team leverages relationships and insights to help companies and individuals navigate challenging immigration issues. Federal and state governments often seek BAL’s expertise in drafting policies and regulations, and BAL attorneys frequently offer formal and informal testimony to authorities around the world.

Global Compliance
BAL aids corporations to comply with the laws of all countries and manage a dispersed workforce. BAL offers comprehensive I-9 and E-Verify services in the US to promote compliance with legal requirements for verifying the employment eligibility

Consultative Services:
BAL assists clients in developing the right immigration programs and the right policies that underpin them. Through dedicated consultants and cross-functional project management, BAL helps manage the shifts and complexities of global immigration due to changes in immigration law, M&As, restructuring or layoffs.

Advanced Technology:
BAL provides clients proprietary state-of-the-art technology to process, track and manage global programs. With an integrated system that presents all worldwide cases within one database, Cobalt® enables the best opportunities for customised case control and management. With Cobalt, BAL is the first immigration law firm to offer a mobile app to support corporate clients and employees. BAL is an ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certified provider and maintains privacy compliance from EEA and Switzerland through Model Contracts, as well as Swiss Safe Harbor and EU-US Privacy Shield Frameworks. Where BAL collects and uses Personal Data about individuals in the European Union, it complies with all applicable data protection laws.

Knowledge Management:
BAL’s industry-leading knowledge management department tracks thousands of regulatory changes annually and continuously embeds immigration intelligence into BAL’s proprietary database, information libraries, and client deliverables. BAL keeps clients up to the minute on changes and enables them to understand how changes are going to affect their employees on the ground and essential decisions on business planning and program strategy.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Jeremy Fudge +1 972 729 6500
Founding Partner David Berry +1 415 743 9606
Roberto Caballero +1 713 386 6432
Number of Partners : 20
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 116
Total Staff : 1,000+
Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin)
Managing Partner : Jeremy Fudge (
Partners : Vernadette Antonio
Partners : David Berry
Partners : Roberto Caballero
Partners : Liane Cooney
Partners : Larry Drumm
Partners : Michelle Funk
Partners : Frieda Garcia
Partners : Delya Ghosh
Partners : Kortney Gibson
Partners : Lynden Melmed
Partners : Jessica Mullins-Ta
Partners : Edward Rios
Partners : Paul Rynerson
Partners : Petra Tang
Partners : Carla Tarazi
Partners : Susan Wehrer
Partners : Ruth Clark
Partners : Stephanie Wolf
Partners : Robert S. Groban