David Berry

Partner Emeritus // San Francisco


David is a Partner Emeritus of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP and co-founded the firm in 1980 in San Francisco. Now retired from the firm, David’s expertise has encompassed every aspect of international corporate immigration over his four decades of practice.

David, an eminent leader in the immigration field, is highly regarded for his depth of experience and industry-leading vision. He served as Chairperson of the Northern California American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Bar Association of San Francisco Immigration Committee, as well as national Business and Industry Liaison to AILA. David was the first chair of the Immigration Committee of the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council (WERC), and served as a board member of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild.

David has provided testimony to the United States Commission to Reform Immigration and has spoken frequently on immigration matters before AILA, the Society for Human Resource Management, WERC, the National Foreign Trade Council and other professional associations, corporations, and research institutions. He has published prolifically on a wide range of immigration topics, and served as Assistant Professor of Immigration Law at Hastings College of Law, University of California, in an adjunct faculty position.

David has been recognized by all the prestigious legal publications, including being ranked as a Senior States person by Chambers and Partners, named to The Legal 500’s Hall of Fame, recognized among the nation’s elite corporate immigration attorneys by Lawdragon, and named one of the Best Lawyers in America® every year since 2006.

David remains active on the boards of organizations dedicated to healing the world. He is looking forward to spending more time with his two sons and his wife, to whom he has been married for nearly 40 years. He has a lifelong love of the outdoors and in his spare time can be found biking or hiking the many scenic trails in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Juris Doctorate, Antioch School of Law, Washington, D.C.
Bachelor of Arts, High Honors, University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana


State Bar of California

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Episode 50: The economic cost of the green card backlog

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Episode 49: Business support for DACA, H-2B visas, AI and immigration


Episode 48: BAL Immigration Report: AI executive order, EAD extensions, the MLB playoffs


Episode 47: Proposed changes to the H-1B lottery

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