Poonam is a Senior Counsel, and leads local operations for Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP’s New York office. She provides strategic and legal counsel to clients on all aspects of corporate and business immigration, working with organizations of all sizes in a wide variety of industries globally.

Her practice focuses on employment-based immigration matters, including assisting companies and their employees with all facets of non-immigrant and immigrant visa matters. Poonam also provides guidance to employers on immigration compliance and immigration strategies related to corporate reorganizations. She is a regular speaker at local and national conferences and events on corporate immigration and I-9 compliance.

Prior to joining Berry Appleman & Leiden, Poonam headed the immigration practice for a top-tier global law firm. Her practice focused on providing U.S. business immigration solutions to employers seeking to transfer employees to the U.S. She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and enjoys helping people achieve their goals. She has worked with individuals and families to provide pro bono counsel.


Education & Admissions

Master of Laws, New York University School of Law
Honors: Engelberg Fellow
U.K. Master of Laws, Trinity College, University of Cambridge
Honors: ODASSS Scholarship
Bachelor of Laws, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
Bachelor of Science, with Honors in Zoology, Maitrey College, University of Delhi

Admitted to:
District Court, Southern District of New York
District Court, Eastern District of New York
State Bar of New York
Bar Council of India


American Immigration Lawyers Association
Asian American Bar Association of New York
National Association of Women Lawyers