DALLAS, Oct. 3, 2022 – Award-winning immigration law firm BAL is expanding its practice with the addition of celebrated immigration attorney and national expert Ashley Foret Dees, who will join the firm as a partner.

Ashley is the leading expert on H-2A and H-2B temporary work visas. She currently practices at the immigration firm she founded in Lake Charles, LA and will transition to BAL’s Houston office in 2023. “I’m thrilled to be joining a team of truly elite professionals practicing at the height of our field and to be at the cutting edge of immigration legal services,” she said. “BAL has the best tech tools in the industry, an unwavering commitment to client experience, and a dynamic team-minded environment that I can’t wait to join.”

Ashley is a member and former H-2 Visa Chair on the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Department of Labor Liaison Committee. She regularly speaks at the AILA Annual Conference and Mid-South Chapter on H-2 visa topics, and has served on the AILA National Pro Bono Committee. She is also the founder of the Louisiana State Bar Immigration Law Section, which she chairs.

“We’re excited to welcome Ashley to BAL,” said Managing Partner Jeremy Fudge. “She has the strongest H-2 visa practice in the country and not only brings a decade plus of experience, she also shares our passion for exceptional client service, our people-centered values, and our trailblazing mindset. As with every area we engage, we anticipate revolutionizing this practice area and setting the standard for all others.”

“As BAL continues to be the go-to firm for every aspect of corporate immigration, Ashley’s expertise in the growing area of H-2 work visas will add a significant benefit to our current and future clients, who need every option to fill skills gaps in this competitive global talent market,” said BAL Partner Rob Caballero who oversees the firm’s Houston office.

About Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP (BAL)
BAL, the world’s leading corporate immigration law firm, is singularly focused on meeting the immigration challenges of corporate clients around the world in ways that make immigration more strategic and enable businesses to be more successful. Established in 1980, BAL has consistently provided immigration expertise, people-centered client services, and leading technology innovation. In 2018, BAL entered into a first-of-its-kind strategic alliance with Deloitte U.K. to create the world’s first global immigration service delivery model.

BAL’s proprietary Cobalt® digital immigration services platform won the 2020 CODiE Award for Best Legal Tech  Product, the prestigious CIO100 award for Innovative Use of Intelligent Automation in Immigration Services, and Legalweek‘s Most Innovative Law Firm Operations Team of 2021. BAL and its leaders are highly ranked in every major legal publication, including Best Lawyers, Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500, and Who’s Who Legal. BAL has ranked #1 on multiple industry rankings for diversity, equity and inclusion, including the #1 Law Firm for Women by the National Law Journal four years in a row (2019-2022), #1 on the Diversity Scorecard by The American Lawyer (2020 and 2021), and #1 on Law360’s Diversity Snapshot for the three years running (2020-2022). BAL won The Best Company for Diversity, the Best HR Team, and the Best Company for Career Growth by Comparably, based solely on employee ratings. The Dallas Business Journal named BAL one of only a handful of the 2022 Best Places to Work based exclusively on employee feedback.

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