Before Jeff  joined Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP as Senior Counsel, Jeff served as Chief of the Legal Advisory Opinion section of the Visa Office in the Department of State. For over a decade, he led the team and provided legal guidance to consular officers worldwide on visa matters.

During his tenure in Washington, DC, Jeff was a trusted advisor to senior policymakers and worked closely with counterparts at the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Justice. He assisted the Department of Justice on civil and criminal visa matters and testified for the government as an expert witness on visas. He twice earned the State Department’s Superior Honor Award.

Jeff also served in various positions at US consulates around the world and, before joining the government, worked as a criminal defense lawyer.

As Senior Counsel with Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP Jeff works in the Washington, D.C. office.  The  government relations group helps to shape immigration policy, regulations and legislation and offers strategic guidance on working with government agencies.  Jeff  is instrumental in overseeing the firm’s compliance and government affairs practices.

Education & Admissions

Juris Doctorate, George Washington University
Bachelor of Arts, English, George Washington University
Admitted to: State Bar of District of Columbia

Professional Accomplishments

Speaker, American Immigration Lawyers Association Bangkok District Chapter Conference, Manila, Philippines (March 2015)
Speaker, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Newark, New Jersey (March 2015)
Speaker, American Immigration Lawyers Association South Florida Chapter, Miami, Florida (February 2015)
Speaker, Practising Law Institute, New York, New York (December 2014)
Speaker, American Immigration Lawyers Association National Conference, Boston, Massachusetts (June 2014)
Speaker, American Immigration Lawyers Association Bangkok District Chapter Conference, Bangkok, Thailand (March 2014)
Speaker, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Newark, New Jersey (March 2014)
Speaker, Practising Law Institute, New York, New York (December 2013)
Speaker, American Immigration Lawyers Association National Conference, San Francisco, California (June 2013)
Speaker, American Immigration Lawyers Association National Conference, Washington, D.C. (June 2013)
Speaker, Immigration Leadership Luncheon, Federal Bar Association, Washington, D.C. (April 2013)
Speaker, American Immigration Lawyers Association South Florida Chapter, Miami, Florida (February 2013)