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Mission: The BAL Mission is simple: to provide an experience that makes a positive difference in peoples’ lives.
For the second year in a row, Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP (BAL), the leader in immigration law, has earned the top spot as the #1 Law Firm for Women by the National Law Journal. We are proud of the women attorneys who continue to make our firm exceptional.
We stand for JUSTICE. We stand for EQUALITY. We stand for CHANGE. #BLACKLIVESMATTER
We help global clients with the challenge of global immigration. The caliber and quality of the people we hire are absolutely central to our success. We are always looking for talented, motivated people to join our team – for people who share our unique culture and commitment to client service.
BAL is a very diverse place by any standard, but people who thrive here share a few characteristics: We are smart, intellectually agile, and quick to pick up new skills. We think strategically. We thrive in a fast-paced environment. And we love the work we do and are passionate about the level of service we deliver in performing our work.
If that sounds appealing to you, check out our openings.
We pursue the exceptional.
We make a promise to each of our clients and to ourselves: that we will pursue the exceptional, as individuals and collectively as an immigration firm.
This promise takes many forms—and delivers many benefits.
We pursue the exceptional in our real-time knowledge and insight into the immigration rules of every country in the world.
We pursue the exceptional in our client partnerships, designing programs that deliver results and fit your culture.
We pursue the exceptional in our service, with a passionate commitment to being empathetic and supportive.
We pursue the exceptional in technology, delivering proprietary tools that enhance the user experience, increase compliance, and provide meaningful analytics.
BAL is a very different kind of firm. It’s a demanding environment because the work we do is so critically important, but our culture is relaxed, helpful, and team-oriented. We take our work seriously, but we also place an emphasis on collegiality and fun. BAL is not a stuffy firm. We are a community and the people who work here feel that from day one. We ask a lot of people, but we give a lot in return: competitive salaries (including periodic bonuses) and great benefits as well as the opportunity to work on a critical business need for some of the world’s most prominent companies. We offer ample opportunities to build a career at BAL.
We are a global firm singularly focused on meeting the immigration challenges of corporate clients around the world in ways that make immigration more strategic and clients more successful.
We employ a uniquely holistic approach, combining an incredibly deep knowledge of immigration laws with an incredibly strategic understanding of our clients’ challenges and requirements. We apply process and technology to deliver more efficient and compliant solutions. And we approach every interaction—with each company and each of their employees — with an unwavering commitment to service.
We pursue the exceptional. And we deliver it.
We make a promise to each of our clients and to ourselves: that we will pursue the exceptional, as individuals and collectively as a global immigration firm. This promise takes many forms—and delivers many benefits. We pursue the exceptional in our real-time knowledge and insight into the immigration rules of every country in the world. We pursue the exceptional in our client partnerships, designing programs that deliver results and fit your culture. We pursue the exceptional in our service, with a passionate commitment to being empathetic and supportive. The BAL Mission is simple: to provide an experience that makes a positive difference in peoples’ lives. We pursue the exceptional in technology, delivering proprietary tools that enhance the user experience, increase compliance, and provide meaningful analytics.
Our approach generates results - and confidence.
We understand corporate immigration and how to get things done. Efficient execution is vital but true effectiveness requires a holistic approach and a true partnership. We don’t seek to simply answer a question or even to deliver a solution. Instead, we dig deeper to understand the business context behind your question or your need. As your business partner, we then develop more innovative, more bespoke, and more meaningful advice and solutions that reflect our unsurpassed knowledge and technological capabilities. This holistic approach is enhanced by our unique internal structure that ensures you always receive the very best of our organization. And all of this is delivered with our passionate approach to service.
Our Commitment to Service
Our firm believes that pro-bono work is critically important to the legal profession and the good of society. We engage in extensive pro-bono representation through organizations like the Lawyer’s Committee on Civil Rights, the Asian Law Caucus and the American Immigration Council (formerly American Immigration Law Foundation). Our roles in these organizations include advocacy, clinic participation and activities to increase the awareness of the benefits of legal immigration. In addition, our attorneys volunteer their time to serve on local and national committees of AILA which advance the practice of immigration law and help advance the interests of our clients.
BAL is proud to support local community projects as well as a range of deserving and charitable causes. These include:
Our partnership firmly supports charitable giving and is a regular and major contributor to many organizations. Organizations we have supported over the years include the ACLU Foundation – Immigrants’ Rights Project, the American Immigration Council (formerly American Immigration Law Foundation), the American Red Cross, the B’nai B’rith Disaster Relief Fund, the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, and Doctors Without Borders.
I have been working at Berry Appleman & Leiden full-time (More than 3 years)
During these unprecedented times, when many organizations are struggling to respond appropriately, BAL's leadership stepped up to the plate and hit it out of the park. Our Managing Partner, Jeremy Fudge, personally created and sent video messages to the entire firm daily for the first 2 months of the lock down. He continues to create and send them regularly to this day, even as things are beginning to normalize. These are uplifting messages of hope during otherwise scary times, and I, along with many of my teammates, will be eternally grateful to Jeremy for taking the time to produce them. Additionally, the firm has and continues to take any and all precautions to keep us safe. Masks and social distancing are required in the office, they have a cleaning/sanitizing crew come in every weekend to deep clean/sanitize the entire office, in addition to the cleaning that takes place throughout each workday (I can't even imagine how much that costs), only 50% of the team is allowed in the office at any one time to facilitate social distancing, and no one is required to be in the office who doesn't want to be. BAL's response to COVID should be a model for other organizations to follow.
I cannot think of anything they could do better.
Advice to Management
None. Just a heart felt thank you.
I applied online. I interviewed at Berry Appleman & Leiden (Richardson, TX) in April 2019.
It was really an easy process in all. First I had a phone interview before I was invited for the one on one interview with a group of 2 member. I was also introduced to the BAL Team on the resumption day.