BAL ranked in the highest tier of Chambers USA Guide for 12th consecutive year

BAL has been recognized as a Band 1 immigration law firm in the newly released Chambers USA Guide 2024, marking the 12th consecutive year of this achievement.

Described by Chambers as a “powerful force in corporate immigration with the capacity to handle a range of highly complex matters,” BAL achieved a top Band 1 ranking in the Chambers USA Guide as well as its Global Guide for immigration business in the USA.

The firm also celebrates 11 BAL attorneys ranked by the publication, including CEO Jeremy Fudge and Managing Partner Frieda Garcia, who were both honored as Eminent Practitioners.

“We are proud to be recognized as a top-ranked immigration law firm for 12 years running,” said Fudge. “Receiving this honor year-after-year, and seeing our attorneys recognized as well, reaffirms our oneBAL approach: relentlessly and collaboratively delivering the exceptional for clients. That’s all that matters in the end, and we’re thrilled that our clients continue to see that.”

Rankings are determined through Chambers’ in-depth methodology involving client feedback. BAL clients shared the following assessments of the firm in their interviews with Chambers:

  • The team is incredibly knowledgeable, very responsive and strategically strong.
  • BAL is really good at providing a menu of options which considers the real world we are all in. From a culture perspective, they prioritize delivering expertise and customer empathy.
  • I have greatly enjoyed working with the BAL team. The lawyers are very proactive in their communication. The relationship is very collaborative and the team is very responsive and very knowledgeable.

BAL’s California, Massachusetts, Texas and Virginia offices also achieved Band 1 rankings this year. In addition to Fudge and Garcia, Chambers’ 2024 lawyer rankings also include BAL’s Ruth Clark, Josiah Curtis, Maria DeLapp, Tiffany Derentz, Michelle Funk, Jeff Joseph, Lynden Melmed, Maggie Murphy and Edward Rios. We extend our congratulations to five partners joining BAL from Seyfarth Shaw’s immigration practice who also earned Chambers rankings this year: Sharon Cook, Michelle Gergerian, James King, Gabriel Mozes and Russell Swapp.

 

BAL is honored to be named to the 2024 U.S. News and World Report Best Companies to Work For: Law Firms list. We are proud to be among the 344 U.S. law firms with high scores in six key factors important to job seekers.

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DALLAS (Aug. 17, 2023) — Nearly four dozen BAL attorneys have been recognized by Best Lawyers®, shattering the firm’s previous record. A notable 20 attorneys were named “The Best Lawyers in America” for immigration and 27 were named “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.”

“To be featured in this prestigious publication means our attorneys’ expertise in service to clients stands out among their peers in their own practice area and geographic location,” said Managing Partner Frieda Garcia. “Recognition of so many of our attorneys as ‘Ones to Watch’ speaks to the success of our commitment to recruit and nurture the best and brightest of rising legal talent.”

The attorneys will be featured in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, the only purely peer-review guide to the legal profession.

“This honor reflects not only our attorneys’ individual excellence but also BAL’s firmwide commitment to pursue the exceptional,” said CEO Jeremy Fudge.

The following BAL attorneys were recognized as “Best Lawyers”:

These up-and-coming senior associates were recognized as “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch” in immigration law for 2024:

 

About BAL 
Established in 1980, Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) powers human achievement through immigration expertise, people-centered client services, and innovative technology. BAL, with 13 offices across the United States and global coverage in more than 185 countries around the world, operates as a single entity through its oneBAL culture — a uniquely holistic approach, intentionally structured as one team, one brand, one P&L, one standard of excellence, and one unifying technology. This united approach enables the firm to deliver the highest level of knowledge, insights, and resources from across the entire organization. At BAL, we pursue the exceptional. To learn more, visit bal.com.

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DALLAS (Aug. 4, 2023) — Leading immigration firm BAL once again took the top spot in Law360’s latest Diversity Snapshot for its size category. The recognition marked the fourth consecutive year the firm scored #1 in overall diversity in the elite publication’s annual survey.

“Diversity is a foundational principle at BAL,” said Nicole Dawson, Chief People and Culture Officer. “Our top ranking demonstrates the success of our DE&I initiatives. The results speak for themselves, and we appreciate this national recognition of our efforts.”

Law360 called out BAL’s high scores as one of few diversity “success stories” discovered through its survey of 283 firms. BAL scored 24.7 points above the benchmark, the third highest score of all firms in all size categories.

BAL ranked the highest in diversity among equity partners, associates and other attorneys among firms of the same size. The majority of BAL’s associates, 55.1%, are attorneys of color. Attorneys of color also make up 24% of all partners, 50% of equity partners and 59.3% of all other BAL lawyers.

“As an immigration law firm, we recognize the strength people from varied backgrounds and experiences, from all around the world, provide,” said CEO Jeremy Fudge. “We deliberately seek and promote the best talent and give them equal opportunities to make a difference. This top ranking reflects our authentic culture of empowerment where every individual is valued and contributes in meaningful ways.”

BAL leads the legal industry in its commitment to diversity, achieving national recognition multiple years in a row. In 2023 alone, in addition to the Law360 report, the firm ranked #4 out of 226 firms in The American Lawyer’s 2023 Diversity Scorecard, #1 in the National Law Journal’s 2023 Women in Law Scorecard, and received the nonprofit Lawyers of Color Aspire Diversity Award.


About BAL 
Established in 1980, Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) powers human achievement through immigration expertise, people-centered client services and innovative technology. BAL, with 13 offices across the United States and global coverage in more than 185 countries around the world, operates as a single entity through its oneBAL culture — a uniquely holistic approach, intentionally structured as one team, one brand, one P&L, one standard of excellence and one unifying technology. This united approach enables the firm to deliver the highest level of knowledge, insights and resources from across the entire organization. At BAL, we pursue the exceptional.

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Emily Albrecht
Senior Director — Marketing & Communications
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469-559-0174

DALLAS, July 18, 2023 – Fast Company named BAL among the Top 100 Best Places to Work for Innovators based on the firm’s investments in culture, technology and talent development.

“BAL is leading the legal industry to revolutionize the client experience, delivering fast, holistic and bespoke services to companies and foreign nationals alike,” said CEO Jeremy Fudge. “Everything starts with our people; we invest to create an environment where we can pursue the exceptional for our clients and one another.”

The recognition included BAL’s unique oneBAL culture of collaboration across all offices and its strategic investments in people through innovative employee development programs.

“While ‘digital transformation’ has been a popular buzz word, most companies and law firms have translated it to mean simply making paper processes electronic” said Chief People and Culture Officer Nicole Dawson. “At BAL we leverage technology to significantly strengthen our culture, better support our people and maximize the impact of our leadership development programs.

BAL’s in-house technology team is unique in the legal industry. By working alongside our legal teams, our technology team quickly produces effective solutions that dramatically improve the immigration process.

“Recently, we reimagined the multistep workflow required to file the most common work visa application with the U.S. government” said CIO Jason Chancellor. “We’ve streamlined the process to save our teams and clients tens of thousands of hours a year, and reduced human error thanks to AI-powered verification.”

BAL is continuing to pursue an aggressive innovation agenda through the end of this year and beyond.

“This recognition from Fast Company not only honors the great work happening across BAL, but provides even more energy and momentum as we continue those efforts,” Fudge said.

About BAL
Established in 1980, Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) powers human achievement through immigration expertise, people-centered client services and innovative technology. BAL, with 13 offices across the United States and global coverage in more than 185 countries around the world, operates as a single entity through its oneBAL culture — a uniquely holistic approach, intentionally structured as one team, one brand, one P&L, one standard of excellence and one unifying technology. This united approach enables the firm to deliver the highest level of knowledge, insights and resources from across the entire organization. At BAL, we pursue the exceptional. To learn more, visit bal.com.

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The National Law Journal’s Women in Law Scorecard ranks the nation’s largest law firms based on the percentages of women attorneys.

 

DALLAS, June 22, 2023 – BAL again earned the number one position atop the National Law Journal’s Women in Law Scorecard. This recognition underscores the firm’s ongoing commitment to recruiting and advancing women in the legal profession while fostering an inclusive workplace that enables women to be successful in their careers and in their lives.

“The women at BAL are truly exceptional, and we wholeheartedly celebrate this recognition as the top law firm for women for the fifth consecutive year,” said Frieda Garcia, managing partner of BAL. “As the first female managing partner of BAL, I am so proud that we successfully have created a collaborative culture that brings purpose and balance to our people’s lives.”

In 2022, 64.9% of BAL attorneys were women. Half of the firm’s equity partners were women, with 65.4% of all partners and 62.4% of associates being women. Each of these categories ranked much higher than industry averages in the survey, which were 40% of attorneys, 50% of associates, 27% of total partners, and 24% of equity partners.

For five consecutive years, BAL has maintained its position as the law firm of choice for female attorneys by creating a purposeful, collaborative culture that drives meaningful change. BAL’s innovative talent-development programs and elite performance transformation approach support each team member’s personal and professional goals, and leadership development programs create a supportive environment for people to have more fulfilling careers. Further, the firm’s policies and benefits package reflects its commitment to representation and inclusion.

“Our goal at BAL is to deliver life-changing service to our clients, and we achieve that by working together as one team, oneBAL,” said Jeremy Fudge, BAL’s CEO. “Every person brings their unique strengths, skills and perspectives to the table. Growing representation at BAL, especially at the leadership level, has been key to opening doors for more women to have successful careers and lives. We’re honored to be leading the way.”

The Women in Law Scorecard is an annual ranking compiled by the National Law Journal, which evaluates law firms based on their percentage of female attorneys, including associates, partners and equity partners. The 2022 rankings are based on responses from 257 of the 350 largest law firms by headcount, representing 151,000 attorneys.

About BAL
Established in 1980, Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) powers human achievement through immigration expertise, people-centered client services and innovative technology. BAL, with 13 offices across the United States and global coverage in more than 185 countries around the world, operates as a single entity through its oneBAL culture — a uniquely holistic approach, intentionally structured as one team, one brand, one P&L, one standard of excellence and one unifying technology. This united approach enables the firm to deliver the highest level of knowledge, insights and resources from across the entire organization. At BAL, we pursue the exceptional. To learn more, visit bal.com.

Media Contact:
Emily Albrecht
Senior Director — Marketing & Communications
ealbrecht@bal.com
469-559-0174

DALLAS (June 8, 2023) — Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP (BAL) has once again been recognized as one of the most diverse law firms in the country.

BAL ranked #3 out of 226 firms on The American Lawyer’s 2023 Diversity Scorecard, including ranking #1 among all firms in Asian attorney representation for the second year in a row and #6 for percentage of Hispanic attorneys.

Over half (55%) of all BAL attorneys — including nearly two-thirds (62%) of equity partners — identify as racially or ethnically diverse.

These figures reflect BAL’s ongoing intentional efforts to cultivate a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace. DE&I initiatives play a pivotal role in fostering inclusivity, and the firm has enacted several DE&I initiatives in an effort to drive diversity in perspectives, experience and practices.

BAL also conducts internal and external benchmarking to ensure that we are able to attract and retain talent in today’s competitive job market. By embracing DE&I, we enhance our employer brand and make our organization more attractive to diverse candidates. In support of this effort, our recruiting strategy includes efforts to increase minority outreach at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and among other minority student groups, such as BALSA, LALSA and Lavender Law, at universities that already partner with BAL for recruitment.

“At BAL, diversity is more than a talking point,” said Nicole Dawson, Chief People Officer. “Our diversity is one of our biggest strengths. It reflects our inclusive work environment and how we interact with clients and our communities. It is who we are.”

In addition to the recognition from The American Lawyer, BAL was recently honored with an Aspire Diversity Award by Lawyers of Color. The firm ranked #1 in the country for diversity and #1 in equity partner diversity in Law360’s latest Diversity Snapshot and ranked second among law firms in its class in Law360’s Glass Ceiling Report on Women in Law.

About BAL
Established in 1980, BAL powers human achievement through immigration expertise, people-centered client services and innovative technology. BAL, with 13 offices across the United States and global coverage in more than 185 countries around the world, operates as a single entity through its oneBAL culture — a uniquely holistic approach, intentionally structured as one team, one brand, one P&L, one standard of excellence and one unifying technology. This united approach enables the firm to deliver the highest level of knowledge, insights and resources from across the entire organization.

At BAL, we pursue the exceptional. To learn more visit bal.com.

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Emily Albrecht
Senior Director — Marketing & Communications
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DALLAS (June 6, 2023) — BAL is once again is a top-ranked immigration law firm in the newly released Chambers USA Guide 2023.

For the 11th consecutive year Chambers has ranked BAL as a Band 1 firm. This year, BAL is one of only two Chambers rated Band 1 immigration law firms.

“BAL LLP is an outstanding team with a stellar track record in the full range of corporate immigration matters,” Chambers said.

BAL’s California, Massachusetts, Texas and Virginia offices are also ranked Band 1 in the 2023 guide. Chambers also recognized 10 BAL attorneys, representing 18.5% of all immigration attorneys ranked by the publication.

“We are honored to be recognized as a Band 1 firm once again,” said BAL CEO Jeremy Fudge, whom Chambers named an Eminent Practitioner of immigration law. “We are especially excited given that Chambers’ rankings are based on client feedback. This recognition affirms BAL’s commitment to exceptional service, investment in our culture and high-performance legal teams that continue to set the standard in our industry.”

In addition to Fudge, Chambers specifically recognized BAL attorneys Ruth Clark, Josiah Curtis, Maria DeLapp, Michelle Funk, Frieda Garcia, Jeff Joseph, Lynden Melmed, Maggie Murphy and Edward Rios. BAL was also ranked Band 1 in Chambers Global: Multi-Jurisdictional Guide 2023 for the United States.

BAL clients interviewed by Chambers provided the following assessments:

  • “I have greatly enjoyed working with the BAL team. The lawyers are very proactive in their communication. The relationship is very collaborative and the team is very responsive and very knowledgeable.”
  • “We chose BAL for its expertise and ability to scale. BAL is a really valued partner.”
  • “The team takes the time to walk clients through processes and explains things in layman’s terms. They are good about setting expectations and pointing out any potential risks.”

About Chambers and Partners

Chambers and Partners is the leading independent professional legal research company, operating in over 70 countries and 200 jurisdictions, that delivers detailed rankings and insights into the world’s leading lawyers and law firms. With an in-depth research methodology involving detailed interviews and analysis of capabilities, achievement and sector presence, Chambers and Partners ranks the best lawyers and firms on the basis of technical expertise, business acumen, prompt delivery and value for money. Lawyers cannot buy their Chambers’ rankings; as a result, its annual directories are considered among the most accurate and reliable.

About BAL
Established in 1980, BAL powers human achievement through immigration expertise, people-centered client services and innovative technology. BAL, with 13 offices across the United States and global coverage in more than 185 countries around the world, operates as a single entity through its oneBAL culture — a uniquely holistic approach, intentionally structured as one team, one brand, one P&L, one standard of excellence and one unifying technology. This united approach enables the firm to deliver the highest level of knowledge, insights and resources from across the entire organization.

Media Contact:
Emily Albrecht
Senior Director — Marketing & Communications
ealbrecht@bal.com
469-559-0174

DALLAS (May 16, 2023) — BAL continues to lead the pack in immigration law, with 14 BAL attorneys named to Lawdragon’s 2023 list of 100 leading immigration lawyers.

The prestigious publication said it selected the honorees through a process that combines journalistic research, robust submissions and vetting by peers. BAL led the way with more attorneys than any other corporate immigration firm. Those recognized were:

  • Rob Caballero
  • Kelli Duehning
  • Jeremy Fudge
  • Frieda Garcia
  • Delya Ghosh
  • Kortney Gibson
  • Jeff Joseph
  • Lynden Melmed
  • Edward Rios
  • Petra Tang
  • Carla Tarazi
  • Susan Wehrer

Additionally, Jeff Appleman and David Berry, BAL partners emeriti, were listed in the guide as members of the Lawdragon Hall of Fame.

While Lawdragon has included immigration attorneys in the past on its list of Leading Corporate Employment Lawyers, this was the first year it published a guide exclusively dedicated to immigration law. The 2023 Lawdragon Leading Immigration Lawyers guide is available here.

About BAL
Established in 1980, BAL powers human achievement through immigration expertise, people-centered client services and innovative technology. BAL, with 13 offices across the United States and global coverage in more than 185 countries around the world, operates as a single entity through its oneBAL culture — a uniquely holistic approach, intentionally structured as one team, one brand, one P&L, one standard of excellence and one unifying technology. This united approach enables the firm to deliver the highest level of knowledge, insights and resources from across the entire organization.

Media Contact:
Emily Albrecht
Senior Director — Marketing & Communications
ealbrecht@bal.com
469-559-0174

DALLAS (May 9, 2023) — BAL has been recognized by Inc. magazine, a premier business publication, as one of the Best Workplaces of 2023.

“This recognition validates BAL’s core value of putting people first,” said CEO Jeremy Fudge. “Inc. magazine selecting us as one of the best workplaces in the world confirms our people feel that and, in turn, live that out with each other every day.”

BAL was chosen from thousands of submissions on the basis of a rigorous selection process conducted by third party Quantum Workplace. Quantum conducted an employee survey covering topics such as management effectiveness, perks, fostering employee growth and overall company culture as well as audited the firm’s benefits to score and rank them compared to other companies in the country.

“Being named to Best Workplaces is an honor that only a small fraction of companies have been able to claim,” said Scott Omelianuk, Inc. editor in chief. “Proving to the world that you’re a magnet for talent and have a culture that keeps teams engaged, productive and proud to come to work is a truly remarkable achievement.”

BAL Chief People and Culture Officer Nicole Dawson noted that BAL stands apart thanks to innovative talent-development programs, including Explorers, where employees shadow colleagues in roles they are interested in; Elite Performance Transformation, which goes beyond traditional performance evaluations to support employees’ personal and professional goals; and development programs designed to enhance BAL’s culture by strengthening its leaders.

“These unique programs together with BAL’s collaborative culture contribute to our exceptional workplace environment and reputation,” she said. “This honor by Inc. confirms we are operating at a level far beyond just the legal industry and setting new benchmarks for all companies.”

About BAL
Established in 1980, BAL powers human achievement through immigration expertise, people-centered client services and innovative technology. BAL, with 13 offices across the United States and global coverage in more than 185 countries around the world, operates as a single entity through its oneBAL culture — a uniquely holistic approach, intentionally structured as one team, one brand, one P&L, one standard of excellence and one unifying technology. This united approach enables the firm to deliver the highest level of knowledge, insights and resources from across the entire organization.

About Inc. Media
The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections and community to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts and print.

Media Contact:
Emily Albrecht
Senior Director — Marketing & Communications
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469-559-0174