Martin Russell* is a Director in Berry Appleman & Leiden’s Melbourne, Australia office. Martin has worked in corporate immigration for more than 20 years, with past experience working in senior immigration roles in Australia, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. Martin leads the Melbourne office, providing guidance and expertise on immigration matters to all of BAL’s legal teams. He is responsible for the delivery of superior immigration services to clients in Australia, with a focus on key industries in the central and western states of Australia.

Martin was previously appointed to develop and manage immigration practices in Australia for global immigration service providers. Martin has experience working with small- to large-sized multinational corporations, providing exceptional immigration programs to clients across Australia and Asia Pacific. He assists clients with high-level analysis on change management, contractual obligations of sponsoring employers, technical procedures, and legal matters, while co-developing best practices to complement company-wide client policies.

As a noted immigration professional, Martin frequently speaks on Australian immigration matters to audiences in Australia and abroad.

*This Berry Appleman & Leiden professional is not licensed to practice law.

Education & Admissions

University of Essex, United Kingdom, Bachelor of Arts (Russian Studies)
Herzen Pedagogical University, St. Petersburg, Russia, Dissertation Research and Advanced Language course
Registered Migration Agent (Australia) Migration Agent Registration Number (MARN): 0101248


Member of the Migration Institute of Australia
Fluent in English, Russian, French and advanced German

Professional Accomplishments

Speaker, FEM Global Mobility Conference: Managing Immigration and Compliance (July 2016)
Speaker, The Employee Mobility Institute 2016 Global Mobility Trends Update (October 2016) Speaker, BAL Immigration Workshop (April 2016)
Speaker, BAL Breakfast Briefing: Tax and Immigration Consequences of Data Matching: What This Means for Employers and Visa Holders (February 2016)