Government strategies

From complex individual cases that require strategic government interaction to broad policy initiatives that involve sensitive political dynamics, our Government Strategies team has the judgment, technical expertise, political insights and connections with government leaders and government agencies to help our clients achieve their goals.

Key players

Lynden Melmed


Washington, D.C.

Tiffany Derentz

Senior Counsel and head of office

Washington, D.C.

Kelli Duehning

Partner and head of office

San Francisco

Eileen Lohmann

Senior Associate

Washington, D.C.

Steve Plastrik

Senior Associate

Washington, D.C.

Three strategic advantages


Government Strategies team members bring decades of experience working in government immigration agencies, including key positions in U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs.


Our team members are respected partners in the immigration community. Their working relationships with government officials, leading trade associations and immigration advocacy groups are long and deep.


BAL has leveraged its technical expertise and political insights to help clients around the world understand, navigate and influence immigration law and policy for nearly four decades.

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BAL Community

The industry’s first interactive forum developed for in-house immigration and mobility professionals to benchmark, share best practices and collaborate with peers and industry leaders. Membership includes:

  • Access to exclusive events and opportunities to provide feedback to government and industry leaders
  • Curated small focus group sessions to engage with peers on complex program issues
  • Analysis of best practices for corporate immigration across industries and program sizes
  • Weekly benchmarking on topics driven by in-house professionals
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Exceptional service, without exception

Our approach delivers the best of BAL to clients ranging from multinational Fortune 500 companies moving thousands of employees each year to businesses with a single immigration case.