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DALLAS (June 1, 2021) – Leading immigration firm Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP (BAL) announced that top corporate immigration executive Leslie Rohrbacker will join the firm as Chief Operating Officer on June 14. Rohrbacker departs Fragomen where she served as Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief People Officer for the past eight years.
As the immigration industry reboots after a year of COVID and a worldwide freeze on movement, this major talent acquisition demonstrates that BAL is taking the lead in shaping how the industry reignites and reimagines immigration, global mobility and perfecting the art of high-touch, people-centered client services.
“We are so thrilled to welcome Leslie to BAL to build the future of immigration together,” says Jeremy Fudge, the firm’s Managing Partner. “Leslie brings stellar credentials and a wealth of high-level cross-vertical experience to our already thriving culture. We’re excited to catapult into the next era with someone who is as forward-thinking as we are.”
Rohrbacker has diverse skills and a proven track record as a practicing attorney, head of Human Resources and executive leader. She began her career as a litigator, chalking up successful wins in court for more than a decade, before her passion for professional development and leadership training prompted her transition to in-house roles in Human Resources Management.
“Human capital is the most valuable resource in today’s global economy,” says BAL Partner Frieda Garcia. “Leslie’s focus on people is strongly aligned with our core values as a firm, our commitment to diversity and empowering every individual, and our mission to make a positive difference in people’s lives.”
In making the move, Rohrbacker pointed to BAL’s entrepreneurial spirit that she shares with the firm. She praised BAL as the leader in corporate immigration law and said she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to join the team.
“While I am firmly grounded in the present, I have always kept my eye on the future,” says Rohrbacker. “BAL embodies the pioneering approach that combines an elite legal practice with innovative outside-the-box thinking about new ways to serve clients and help them solve some of the biggest challenges in immigration. BAL is the future.”
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