Berry Appleman & Leiden Continues Expansion of Overseas Offices and Leadership Team

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Growth reflects immigration firm’s commitment to meeting the needs of its clients around the world

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Our leadership has the experience to take BAL to an even greater level of international prominence.

Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL), one of the world’s leading business immigration law firms, announced today that it is continuing to expand operations overseas and strengthen its global leadership team. Over the last few years, BAL has been one of the fastest growing global law firms and has opened offices in London, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Singapore, Sydney, and Geneva. The firm, which currently has twelve offices on five continents, will soon open a new office in Shanghai, China.

As part of this expansion, the firm welcomed Chief Operating Officer Carol Mays last fall. Ms. Mays previously served as Director of Legal Operations at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and later served as Managing Director at O’Melveny & Meyers LLP, a global law firm. She is the newest member of the leadership team that includes Managing Partner Jeremy Fudge and Management Committee members Warren Leiden and Shawn Orme.

“This is a period of tremendous growth for BAL, driven by the needs of our clients,” said Partner David Berry. “We continue to expand our global presence to include offices worldwide, and we have brought on board the very experienced Carol Mays to serve as COO. Our firm is in capable hands and our leadership has the experience to take BAL to an even greater level of international prominence.”

Partner Jeff Appleman, who founded the firm in 1980 with Mr. Berry, will be moving into an Of Counsel role. Mr. Appleman, who helped lead BAL over the course of three decades and played a defining role in landmark litigation to expand opportunities for business immigration, will continue to advise key corporate clients.

“Jeff has played a critical role in the growth and success of BAL,” said Lynden Melmed, a partner in Washington, D.C. and former Chief Counsel of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, “and he has been an important contributor to the business immigration community over the years. Few attorneys can match Jeff’s experience and judgment in navigating complex immigration matters, and we are pleased that he will remain a resource to our firm and our clients.”

BAL’s continued growth overseas and corresponding changes to its leadership team reflect the firm’s commitment to meeting the needs of its clients around the world.

About Berry Appleman & Leiden

Founded in 1980, Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) provides comprehensive global immigration services from six offices across the U.S. and from offices in Geneva, London, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Singapore and Sydney. BAL manages global visa matters and customized application approaches for work permits, business visas, and residence permits in more than 100 countries. With a single cost center for worldwide operations, BAL offers centralized management with regional and local support for the complete spectrum of global immigration matters.

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