“One of BAL’s main objectives for all of our clients is to build and cultivate a cohesive relationship that instills trust, faith and reliance, thereby allowing us to create a forward-thinking environment that solves problems and enables successes.”

Rob is the Managing Partner of the Houston, Austin, and New York offices of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. He oversees the firm’s business development, marketing and social media efforts, including Clients and Markets with BAL’s strategic Alliance partner. Rob directs some of the largest global mobility programs covering a variety of industries. He also assists in the development and expansion of the firm’s presence by identifying key talent and client development opportunities.

Rob is an authority on US immigration and nationality law. He is known for his expertise in the energy, engineering and technology arenas, and provides his clients with specific and comprehensive legal advice including, but not limited to, developing and formulating corporate immigration policies, advising on the ramifications of mergers and acquisitions, and managing immigration programs. He advises and represents employers and individuals before the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Department of Labor and the US Department of State. Rob’s clients include Global Fortune 100 corporations as well as regional companies located within the US. He is also a frequent speaker at national and international industry conferences and CLEs.

Education & Admissions

St. Mary’s University School of Law, JD
Loyola University, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
Admitted to: State Bar of Texas


American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Immediate Past Chair, AILA Texas Chapter
Past Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary AILA Texas Chapter
Chair, AILA National Conference, 2012
Vice Chair, AILA National Conference 2011
Chair, AILA National Conference, Fundamentals & Special Sessions, 2010
Past Chair, AILA LGBT Immigration Issues Working Group
Past Chair, AILA Gay Lesbian Interest Group
Past Member, AILA EB-5 (Investor) Committee
Past Member, AILA Strategic Planning Committee
Past Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, Equality Texas Foundation
Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Board
Past Member, Board of Directors, Pride Houston
State Bar of Texas
Texas Young Lawyers Association
WERC Americas Strategic Advisory Counsel
Past Southern Caucus Chair, National Campaign Board, Victory Fund
Victory Fund Donor Cabinet


Best Lawyers since 2016
Lawyers of Color Power List 2020
Best Lawyers by Woodward White, Inc. since 2016
Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star by Thomson Reuters 2010-2012,