“Experiencing the world through the lives of immigrants is a privilege that should never be taken for granted”

Brigitte is a Partner in the Dallas office of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. She serves a wide range of Fortune 500 and smaller corporations in all aspects of U.S. corporate immigration, including due diligence considerations for mergers and acquisitions affecting large numbers of foreign national employees. Brigitte has vast experience with clients across diverse industries, such as the import/export of Hispanic consumer goods, aviation, technology, engineering, oil and gas services, consumer goods, and transportation. Her specialties include nonimmigrant visas, consular affairs, immigration support for corporate restructuring, U.S. permanent residence, including cases requiring labor certifications/PERM, aliens of extraordinary ability, outstanding researchers and multinational managers and executives. Additionally, Brigitte counsels companies operating on a global scale with the implementation of successful mobility programs. She has extensive leadership capabilities, having previously led an immigration group at a large global immigration law firm for over a decade. Brigitte has a native understanding of Hispanic culture and the Latin American market, and speaks Spanish and English.

Education & Admissions

Southern Methodist University, JD
University of Texas at Arlington, Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice
Admitted to: State Bar of Texas

Memberships

American Immigration Lawyers Association

Professional Accomplishments

Keynote speaker, “U.S. Business Immigration Law,” The National Association of Corporate Attorneys, Mexico City (September 2013)
Speaker, “US Work Visa Options and Employment Based Permanent Residence”, The University of Texas At Arlington (Spring and Fall 2014, Spring 2015)
Speaker, “US Immigration Update”, Texas Immigration Coalition, Valtech, Dallas, Texas (September 2015)
Speaker, “Current Issues For US companies Employing Foreign Nationals”, Texas Immigration Coalition, Infosys Ltd., Plano, Texas (September 2014)
Speaker/Presenter, “Overcoming Barriers: Current Issues Facing Chemical Professionals,” American Chemical Society Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana (April 2008)
Speaker/Presenter at Business Immigration Law Seminar hosted by Lorman Education Services, Houston, Texas (September 2007)
Speaker, “L-1 visas and Multinational Manager Employment Based immigrant petitions,” Mexican Consulate in Dallas, Texas (1999)
Interviewed by Univision Television as a local expert on U.S. immigration H-1B visa matters, Dallas, Texas (2000)