John D. Hamill is a Senior Associate in the New York office of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP.  John assists corporate clients with a range of immigration-specific issues and challenges. He secures employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visas for employers of large multinational corporations. He assists with the labor certification process for clients in the health care and technology industries and advises on Form I-9 compliance. John also advises clients undergoing PERM labor certification audits and provides counsel with regard to all aspects of the permanent residency process. John successfully petitioned for nonimmigrant and immigrant status for multiple outstanding professors and researchers at a top-ranked university. He was selected to be Co-Chair for the NY AILA Consular Practice Committee in 2021.

Before joining BAL, John was an attorney in the immigration practice of a New York multi-practice law firm, as well as one of the world’s largest corporate immigration law firms. Prior to these positions, he served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Mary Catherine Cuff, Presiding Judge of the Superior Court, Appellate Division, where he researched and drafted memoranda concerning complex legal issues presented in appeals. While attending law school, John served as a Legal Intern at the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. He has volunteered for several years as a court-appointed special advocate with the Hudson County Court-Appointed Special Advocates.

Education & Admissions

Juris Doctorate, Fordham University School of Law
Executive Notes & Articles Editor, Journal of Corporate & Financial Law
Fordham University Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, Columbia University
Senior Editor, Journal of Politics & Society
Admitted to: State Bar of New York
Admitted to: State Bar of New Jersey


American Immigration Lawyers Association


Super Lawyers New York Metro Rising Stars by Thomson Reuters (2017 to 2022)
Legal 500 United States

Professional Accomplishments

Co-Chair, NY AILA Consular Practice Committee