Tiffany Martinez is a Senior Associate in the San Francisco office of Berry Appleman and Leiden LLP. She provides strategic counsel to clients of all sizes, from start-ups to Fortune 500 multinational corporations, on all aspects of U.S. immigration.  Tiffany takes a hands-on approach with clients and specializes in efficiently and effectively developing and streamlining immigration compliance programs, which in turn, provides a best-in-class experience for employees.  Tiffany is a recognized national expert on a wide range of employment-based and family-based matters, including nonimmigrant visa matters, immigrant visa matters, and related matters.  On numerous occasions, she has composed articles, edited publications, and served as a speaker for American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) on the local and national levels, as noted below. 

In addition, Tiffany currently serves in key leadership roles within the immigration field.  She is US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) liaison for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)’s Northern California (NorCal) chapter and is USCIS Nebraska Service Center liaison for AILA National.   Tiffany also serves on the Executive Board for AILA NorCal and serves on the Board of Governors for AILA National as the Chair of the New Members Division (NMD) Steering Committee.

As part of an immigrant family, Tiffany has a sincere interest in immigration, which led her to her first immigration position at BAL prior to law school.   While in law school at the University of Maryland, she garnered the Dean’s Award and served as Class President.  She also clerked for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein on the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Refugees.  Prior to her return to BAL, Tiffany practiced business immigration law at top-rated firms in the U.S.

Education & Admissions

University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Law, Juris Doctorate
University of California, Berkeley, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
Admitted to: State Bar of California


American Immigration Lawyers Association

Professional Accomplishments

USCIS Nebraska Service Center Liaison; American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) National: 2019-present
Executive Board; AILA Northern California: 2019-present
Board of Governors and Chair, NMD Steering Committee; AILA National: 2019-present
USCIS Liaison; AILA Northern California: San Francisco, CA: 2018-present
Vice Chair; NMD Steering Committee; AILA National: 2018-2019
Chair; PERM Online Course Committee; AILA National: 2018-present
Member; Diversity and Inclusion Committee; AILA National: 2018-present
CBP Liaison; American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) Northern California: San Francisco, CA: 2017-2018
California Service Center Committee; USCIS Service Center Operations; AILA National: 2016-2018
New Members Division (“NMD”) Steering Committee; AILA National: 2016-present
Education/Programs Director; AILA Northern California: San Francisco, CA: 2016-2017
NMD Coordinator; AILA Northern California: San Francisco, CA: 2014-2016
NMD Nominating Committee; AILA National: 2014
NMD Co-Chair; AILA Southern California: Los Angeles, CA: 2013-2014
Speaker, “Business Immigration 101,” AILA National Annual Conference, Kissimmee, FL (June 2019)
Editor, AILA National Annual Conference Handbook, June 2019
Speaker, “Advanced H-1B Issues,” AILA National Midwinter Conference, Indian Wells, CA (Jan. 2019)
Speaker, "Top Ten Things I Wish I Knew When I Started: Hindsight is 90/89," AILA National PERM Conference, Washington, DC (Dec. 2018)
Speaker, "Hot Topics in Business Immigration Law," AILA NorCal CLE, San Francisco, CA (Sept. 2018)
Speaker, "How to Survive Your First Years as an Immigration Attorney," AILA National Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA (June 2018)
Speaker, “Business Immigration Areas in Flux,” AILA CA Annual Conference, Hollywood, CA (Nov. 2017)
Speaker, “Key Legal Concepts and Best Legal Practices in PERM,” AILA Paralegals Conference, Washington, DC (Oct. 2017)
Speaker, “Immigration and Technology.” AILA National Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA (June 2017)
Editor, AILA National Annual Conference Handbook, June 2017
Author, “PERM Layoffs: Do’s and Don’ts of Notify and Consider.” AILA Insight (Oct. 2016) and AILA InfoNet, AILA Doc. No. 16092033 (Oct. 2016)
Speaker, “Navigating a Firm as a New Associate.” AILA National Podcast (July 2016)
Speaker, “Nonimmigrant Visa Overview.” AILA National Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada (June 2016)
Editor, AILA National Annual Conference Handbook, June 2016
Editor, AILA National Spring Conference Handbook, April 2016
Editor, AILA National Annual Conference Handbook, June 2015
Author, “The Perfect PERM: DOL to Revisit Program This Year.” AILA NMD E-News, January 2015 (Vol. 6, Issue 6)
Editor, AILA CA Chapter Conference Handbook, November 2014
Author, “The Demise of DOMA.” AILA New Members Division E-News, April 2014 (Vol. 6, Issue 2)