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Berry Appleman & Leiden Overview

San Francisco, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
1980
Company - Private
Legal
Unknown / Non-Applicable
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 ... Read more

Mission: The BAL Mission is simple: to provide an experience that makes a positive difference in peoples’ lives.

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Berry Appleman & Leiden – Why Work For Us?


We are a global firm helping 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 constantly looking for talented, motivated people to join our team – for people who share our unique culture and commitment to client service.

BAL is also 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 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 and great benefits, as well as, the opportunity to work on a critical business need for some of the world’s most prominent companies.

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The caliber and quality of the people we hire are absolutely central to our success. We are constantly looking for talented, motivated people to join our team – who share our unique culture and commitment to client service. BAL is a very diverse place and people who thrive here share a few characteristics: We are intellectually agile, quick to pick up new skills and we think strategically. We love the work we do and are passionate about the level of service we deliver in performing our work.

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.

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

Pro-Bono Work
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.

Community Service

BAL is proud to support local community projects as well as a range of deserving and charitable causes. These include:


  • Supporting charitable events, such as Friends of Camp Concord, which provides financial support to underprivileged children to attend summer camp
  • Participating in Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Hosting blood drives through the American Red Cross
  • Participation in local food drives
  • Participating in community clean-up activities

Charitable Contributions
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.

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    This company genuinely CARES about its employees and is becoming more awesome by the day. They don't always get it right, but they get it right a lot of the time and they always try. They also actively seek feedback, listen, acknowledge any issues and then continually try to improve. They recently took all of leadership to an amazing resort in Puerto Vallarta and challenged each person to be exceptional in our personal lives, professional teams and in our firm. The sessions with our Managing Partner and Equity Partners were authentic and genuine, and we left feeling inspired, proud and empowered. We just opened our New York office and added a ton of cool, talented people and we are growing like crazy after our Deloitte alliance. It's been an awesome 2018 and 2019's going to be even better!! #cantwait #placetobe #futuressobright #myBAL

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    Still can't bring our dogs to work

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing and continually strive to be exceptional. We notice and we appreciate it.

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    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Berry Appleman & Leiden (Houston, TX) in April 2018.

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    Applied online on the company's website; got an email from a recruiter in their Richardson office indicating interest and set up a phone interview and then, after that, an in-person interview in their Houston office

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Berry Appleman & Leiden Awards & Accolades

  • BEST CIO OF A PRIVATE COMPANY, San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley Business Journal, 2017
  • Top 20 Ceiling Smasher, Law 360, 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2017
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