Steve Plastrik

Steve is a Senior Associate at Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. As part of the Government Affairs team, he advises clients on a range of topics, including compliance with H-1B worker regulations and policies, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services adjudication trends, and issues presented by mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate restructuring. Steve enjoys the complexity
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Kelli Duehning

Kelli Duehning is a Partner in the San Francisco office of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. Kelli joined BAL after a 17-year career with the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Prior to joining BAL, Kelli managed the Western Law Division
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Jeremy Fudge

“Corporate immigration is not only about helping companies succeed; it’s also about the people whose lives we change for the better every day. I have always kept that in mind and it has made my work meaningful.” Jeremy Fudge serves as Managing Partner of BAL. He champions the firm’s vision and helps direct the firm’s
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David Berry

“I firmly believe that America has been so successful due to our diversity and the fact that we assimilate our new immigrants into the society at large. I am grateful to have had the privilege of participating in this continuous remaking of America through the ongoing flow of immigration.” David is a Founding Partner in
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Vernadette Antonio

“I believe in people and their potential.  I believe that diversity of thought, experience and culture enriches and strengthens our world.” Vernadette is a Partner at Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP, and oversees the Global Immigration Practice for the San Francisco office. She has over eighteen years’ experience in practicing corporate immigration law, and provides
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Jeffrey Gorsky

Before Jeff joined Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP as Senior Counsel, Jeff served as Chief of the Legal Advisory Opinion section of the Visa Office in the Department of State. For over a decade, he led the team and provided legal guidance to consular officers worldwide on visa matters. During his tenure in Washington, DC,
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Petra Tang

“Born in the States, growing up in Asia and travelling extensively to visit family in Europe and Australia, I am part of the “global village” with a unique international perspective.  It gives me immense joy and fulfillment to merge that perspective with BAL’s values and commitment to unparalleled service to help our clients travel the
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Lynden Melmed

“Our family immigrated to the U.S. when I was a young child, and I grew up watching my parents welcome and help other immigrants settle into the community.  I feel privileged to continue that tradition by advising individuals, companies and policy-makers on such an important topic.” Lynden Melmed is a partner with Berry Appleman &
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Kortney Gibson

“The best part about working in immigration is that you aren’t dealing with a faceless corporation, but instead positively impacting the lives of real people.” Kortney is a Partner in the Dallas office of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP, serving corporate and individual clients in an array of business and family immigration matters. Additionally, Kortney
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Frieda Garcia

“To me, providing excellent legal expertise is a given;  partnering with care, compassion and a good sense of humor is a must.” Frieda Garcia is Partner in Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP’s San Francisco office. Frieda provides guidance on global immigration initiatives, the development and implementation of best-in-class global programs, and advice regarding requirements within
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