“One of BAL’s main objectives for all of our clients is to build and cultivate a cohesive relationship that instills trust, faith and reliance, thereby allowing us to create a forward-thinking environment that solves problems and enables successes.”

Rob is the Managing Partner for the Houston and Austin offices of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. Rob currently devotes his practice to immigration matters relating to temporary work visas, employment-based immigration, naturalization, and consular processing, focusing specifically within the energy, engineering and technology industries.

Rob is an expert in U.S. immigration and nationality law. He is known for his expertise in the energy, engineering and technology arenas, and provides his clients with specific and comprehensive legal advice including, but not limited to, developing and formulating corporate immigration policies, advising on the ramifications of mergers and acquisitions, and managing his clients’ immigration programs. He advises and represents employers and individuals before the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Department of Labor and the US Department of State. Rob’s clients include Global Fortune 100 corporations as well as regional companies located within the US. He is also a frequent speaker at national and international industry conferences and CLEs.

Education & Admissions

St. Mary’s University School of Law, JD
Loyola University, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
Admitted to: State Bar of Texas


Member, Board of the American Immigration Council American Immigration Lawyers Association Past Chair, Texas Chapter – AILA AILA National Conference Chair, Nashville, TN, 2012 AILA National Conference Vice-Chair & Chair, Business & All NIVs, San Diego, CA, 2011 Member, LGBT Immigration Issues Working Group – AILA Past Secretary, Treasurer & Vice-Chair – AILA Texas Chapter Past Chair, Fundamentals & Special Sessions, Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., 2010 – AILA Past Member, Annual Conference Committee, Las Vegas, 2009 – AILA Past Chair, Gay/Lesbian Interest Group – AILA Past Chair, LGBT Immigration Issues Working Group – AILA Past Member, EB-5 Investor Committee Past Member, Strategic Planning Committee – AILA Past Member, Department of State Liaison Committee Member, Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Board, Houston, TX Board of the American Immigration Council.


Best Lawyers by Woodward White, Inc. 2018
Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star by Thomson Reuters 2010-2012