“Immigration began as something that affected me on a personal level, marrying into an immigrant family. Getting into the field of immigration years later made sense, and I take that experience and knowledge from my family and apply it to every individual I work with. Knowing the issues that not only they, but their children, their spouses, and their friends currently face and may face in the future. My job is to do the best I can for them and their support system to make the process as easy as possible, in light of the constant struggles they will face no matter what.”
Jessica is a Partner in the Dallas office of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP, handling a wide array of cases for both individuals and corporate clients. She serves clients in obtaining nonimmigrant visas, both in the US and abroad, and represents employers of all sizes with labor certification cases. Jessica also represents clients obtaining permanent residence as International Managers, Outstanding Ability, Researchers, and National Interest Waivers. Jessica’s experience includes working with a wide array of corporate clients, including public and private universities, publicly traded international companies, religious organizations, and privately owned companies.
In addition to her corporate immigration experience, Jessica has assisted individual clients in a wide array of family immigration matters including family-based petitions, K visas, and immigration-related court proceedings.
Education & Admissions
Baylor University School of Law, Juris Doctorate
Texas Christian University, Bachelor of Arts, Biology
Admitted to: State Bar of Texas
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Speaker, Obtaining Permanent Residence through University Employment, Texas Higher Education Human Resources Association (June 2009)
Speaker, Livin’ La Vida Gratis, AILA Fall 2013 Texas Chapter Conference (November 2013)
Speaker, How to hit a Home Run with your NIVs: Corporate changes, Waivers, Dual intent, L1B Guidelines, B-1s/ESTA, AILA Fall 2015 Texas Chapter
Conference (November 2015) Speaker, The New Horizon: Important Changes to Programs We Know, AILA Spring 2016 Texas Chapter Conference (April 2016)
Discussion Leader, ILW Seminar on Consular Processing (Winter 2014)