Jeff Appleman is a founding Partner (Emeritus) in the San Francisco office of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. Jeff has engaged in the practice of Immigration and Nationality Law since his admission to the California Bar. Jeff has litigated numerous immigration cases in Federal Courts, including the landmark case of Mindseye v. INS in the United States District Court, which expanded the definition of the term “professional” as it applied to H-1B visa petitions. Jeff was co-counsel in Chintakuntla v. INS, a national class action lawsuit in the United States District Court which overturned the systematic denial of Employment-based Second Preference (EB2) immigrant visa petitions by the INS. Jeff was also lead counsel in Moulton v. Neufield, a class action lawsuit which was filed in United States District Court and argued the ability of H-1B visa holders to reclaim time spent outside of the United States; the case was settled in favor of the plaintiffs.

Jeff is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He has served as Chair of the Northern California Chapter of AILA and he has been a speaker at AILA conferences and contributor to AILA publications on a wide range of immigration law topics.

Education & Admissions

Juris Doctorate, Golden Gate University College of Law
Bachelor of Arts, American History, State University of New York at Binghamton
Admitted to: State Bar of California