“I love practicing global immigration law because of the wonderful cultural exchanges  – and I have been lucky to serve clients and companies around the world. It´s amazing how much I learn about places and people without leaving my chair! Providing excellent service during sensitive moments when clients are changing their lives, moving homes and jobs to go to different countries is only possible if you are deeply involved and committed to their success.”

Daniela Lima is the Managing Director, Latin America, in Berry Appleman & Leiden’s São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro offices. She has more than fifteen years’ experience in Brazilian immigration law, outbound immigration, relocation matters, business development, and advising multinational companies on executive transfers to Brazil. As Director, Dani manages the Brazilian practice and leads the BAL global Latin America program. Ms. Lima is fluent in Portuguese, English, and Spanish.

Education & Admissions

Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas, Law Studies
Fundação Getúlio Vargas, MBA, Strategic Management and Business Economics
Admitted to: OAB/SP - Brazilian Bar Association
Worldwide Employee Relocation Council, Certified Global Mobility Specialist


World Wide Employee Relocation Council
International Bar Association
American International Law Association – International Member

Professional Accomplishments

Speaker, AILA Conference, Global Immigration Forum, Las Vegas, NV (June 2016)
Speaker, Worldwide ERC® Americas Mobility Conference, Houston, TX (May 2016)
Speaker, National Foreign Trade Council Annual International Human Resources Management Forum, Houston, TX (March 2016)
Speaker, Master Series: Focus on Immigration in Latin America, WERC and BAL, São Paulo, Brazil (November 2015)
Speaker, Worldwide ERC® Global Workforce Summit: Talent Mobility in LATAM, São Paulo, Brazil (September 2015)
Speaker, BAL Breakfast Briefing Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (May 2015)
Speaker, Worldwide ERC® Global Workforce Summit: Talent Mobility in Latin America, Sao Paulo, Brazil (September 2014)
Speaker, InterNews Conference, Strategies for Mobility and Management of an Expatriate Workforce in Brazil. (May 2013)
Speaker, AILA Conference (2011)
Speaker, Global Mobility Action Group (2011)
Speaker, Global HR Leaders Conference, Miami, Florida (2010)
Speaker, Visalaw International, FIDAL Conference, Paris, France (2010)
Speaker, Visa Law Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2009)
Speaker, American Chamber of Commerce
Speaker, German Chamber of Commerce
Speaker, International Quality & Productivity Center (IQPC)
Author, Business immigration in Brazil: overview, Thomson Reuters, 2016
Author, Global Business Immigration Practice Guide, LexisNexis, 2012
Author, Maritime Vessels - Applicable Immigration Legislation and it´s particularities, 2010
Author, Expatriados.com - 2009
Author, The Foreign Nacional in Brazil – Legislation and Comments, 2009
Author, ABC for foreigners in Brazil, 2009