Lynden Melmed Partner
Direct: +1 (202) 842-5830
Office: +1 (202) 842-5831 / +1 (202) 842-5830
Washington: 1133 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 1050, Washington, D.C., 20036
Lynden Melmed is a partner with Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP (BAL) 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, Mr. Melmed 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. Mr. Melmed received his Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Virginia. He is married and lives with his wife and three children in Bethesda, MD.
Education & Admissions
Juris Doctorate, University of Virginia
Bachelor of Arts, University of Virginia
Admitted to: State Bar of Texas
Memberships & Professional Accomplishments
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Best Lawyers in America
Best Attorneys in Washington, DC and Baltimore
The Legal 500
Who’s Who Legal
Speaker, 2015 BAL Webinar: Latest Developments in U.S. Business Immigration (September 2015)
Moderator, 2015 American Bar Association’s 10th Annual Security Law Institute (August 2015)
Speaker, 2015 BAL Webinar: Latest L-1B Policy Guidance and Adjudication Trends (March 2015)
Speaker, 2014 BAL Government Affairs Webinar: Immigration Accountability (December 2014)
Speaker, 2014 Worldwide ERC® Master Series: Focus on Business Immigration (November 2014)
Speaker, 2014 Greater Washington Employee Relocation Council Membership Meeting (September 2014)
Speaker, 2014 FEM New York Totally Expat Show: Government Investigations (March 2014)
Speaker, 2013 10th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference (October 2013)
Speaker, 2013 Brookfield Leadership Conference, Chicago, IL (July 2013)
Speaker, 2013 8th Annual Homeland Security Law Institute Conference, Washington, DC (June 2013)
Speaker, 2013 BAL Compliance Briefing (May 2013)
Speaker, 2013 GIBC Webinar on Legislative Developments (May 2013)
Speaker, 2013 Worldwide Employee Relocation Council Legislative Developments Webcast (April 2013)
Speaker, 2013 Capitol Hill Briefing (January 2013)
Speaker, 2012 BAL Fall Compliance Conference, Dallas, Texas (November 2012)
Speaker, 2012 BAL Government Relations Webcast (August 2012)
Speaker, 2012 Society for Human Resource Management Talent Management Conference (May 2012)
Speaker, 2011 Worldwide Employee Relocation Council Global Workforce Symposium (October 2011)
Speaker, 2011 Global Personnel Alliance Conference, Washington, DC (May 2011)
Speaker, 2011 6th Annual Homeland Security Law Institute Conference, Washington, DC (March 2011)