“I love the constant challenges and ever changing variables of global immigration. There are always new developments to assess and apply to our work. It is so satisfying to successfully navigate sometimes rough waters and help our clients achieve their mobility goals.”

Susan is a Partner in the Dallas office of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. As General Counsel, she oversees the firm’s legal and ethical compliance. Susan concentrates on business immigration matters including nonimmigrant visas, labor certification issues, immigrant visa petitions, and adjustment of status applications. She regularly advises clients on petitions for individuals of Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Researchers and Multinational Managers as well as compliance issues, including I-9 compliance and Labor Condition Application compliance, the immigration implications of mergers and acquisitions, and immigration issues facing start-up companies.

Susan garnered extensive immigration law experience prior to joining BAL, both at a boutique immigration firm in Southern California as well as at a full service firm in San Francisco. Additionally, she has practiced labor and employment law, held an editorial position with The Labor Letters, Inc., and served as Adjunct Professor of Labor Relations at Woodbury University.

Education & Admissions

Loyola School of Law, Juris Doctorate
University of California, Irvine, Bachelor of Arts, Economics
Admitted to: State Bar of California


American Immigration Lawyers Association


Best Lawyers since 2007

Professional Accomplishments

Panelist, “Post-Filing Outcomes and Issues,” AILA 2015 PERM Conference, Miami, Florida (2015)

Supervised Recruitment (revised): A Journey Back to the Future, AILA’s PERM Labor Certification Survival Guide (2015)

Co-Author, Record Demand for H-1B Visas Requires Strategic Planning, Law.com (2014)

Co-Author, “Studies in Chaos Theory: Guiding Clients on Appropriate Use of the Temporary Visitor Classification,” AILA Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook (2007)

Panelist, “To B or Not to B: Understanding the Legitimate Parameters of the B,” AILA 2007 Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida (2007)

Co-Author, “From the Beginning: Agile Immigration Advocacy for New Businesses,” AILA Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook (2002)

Co-Author, “Troubled Times for U.S. and Foreign Clients: Immigration Tips All Lawyers Can Use,” Orange County Lawyer (2002)

Co-Author, “Update on Mergers and Acquisitions: Congress Toys with the H-1B,” AILA Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook (2001)

Co-Author, “Thriving on Change: How to Solve Immigration Problems in M&A Deals,” AILA New Rules for the New Millennium (2001)

Co-Author, “The Incredible Rightness of ‘B’-ing – Prudent and Practical Uses for the B-1 and WB Business Visitor Categories,” AILA Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook (2000)