Lynden Melmed Partner
Direct: +1 (202) 842-5830
Office: +1 (202) 842-5831 / +1 (202) 842-5830
Washington: 1300 I Street, N.W., Suite 300 West, Washington, D.C., 20005
Lynden Melmed is a Partner, splitting his time between the Washington, DC and Northern Virginia offices of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. Mr. Melmed has unique experience in the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. Prior to 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 was a key advisor to senior leadership within USCIS, DHS, the White House, and other federal agencies on all aspects of immigration law. He managed a legal program of approximately 130 attorneys nationwide and worked closely with Congressional staff on legislative issues.
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 the federal immigration agencies and played an important role in legislative reform efforts during the 109th Congress.
Before working on the Hill, Mr. Melmed served as an attorney in the DHS General Counsel’s office, the USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel, and the INS General Counsel’s office.
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, 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)