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Berry Appleman & Leiden Overview

San Francisco, CA
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
Accounting & Legal
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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?

Working at BAL - BAL's dedicated professionals share core values that support our mission to be the world’s most trusted resource for corporate immigration services.  These values enable us to deftly navigate every step of the immigration process and rapidly resolve even the most complex cases.  Our collegial environment is one that we cherish and work to maintain.  We look for bright talent to deepen our experience and deliver the type of service our clients have come to expect.

BAL’s culture is shaped by our commitment to our core values, including respect for individual differences and unwavering commitment to client service.  We take tremendous pride in finding team members who will add to our culture.  We strive to hire individuals as diverse and unique as the clients we serve.

Berry Appleman & Leiden is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of BAL to ensure an equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (with or without sexual conduct), age, disability, alienage or citizenship status, marital status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.  BAL prohibits and will not tolerate any such discrimination or harassment.


BAL's dedicated professionals share core values that support our mission to be the world’s most trusted resource for corporate immigration services. These values enable us to deftly navigate every step of the immigration process and rapidly resolve even the most complex cases.

Dedication to Service
  • Single point of contact: You will have easy access to BAL members through one point of contact from start to finish. We address problems candidly and stand behind our work.

  • Highest service standards: Our strict compliance with published service levels instills client trust and peace of mind and promotes the most expeditious path to case resolution.

  • Continual improvement: Feedback from our client surveys affords the opportunity for constant improvement and ongoing client satisfaction.

Focus on Excellence
  • Thought leadership: Decades of experience and superlative talent have earned us the respect of our peers and the highest rankings in our industry.

  • Government relations: Our ability to shape immigration policy, regulations, and legislation is unmatched in the field of corporate immigration.

  • Superior training: We provide the most advanced internal legal training to enable our professionals to sharpen their skills and to practice at the forefront of international migration.

Passion for Client Success
  • Unwavering commitment: We persevere until we find the right solution for each case. We have the knowledge to anticipate difficulties and the agility to act quickly.

  • Genuine compassion: We understand the stress that immigration places on individuals and their families. We strive to provide peace of mind for employees and human resources leaders.

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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    I worked at Berry Appleman & Leiden full-time (More than a year)


    Amazing people and great entry job to learn about Immigration law.


    Not enough recognition. Heavy work days. Low compensation.

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Berry Appleman & Leiden Interviews



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    Immigration Assistant Interview

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Berry Appleman & Leiden (San Francisco, CA).


    Invited for an interview quickly but it took a month to find out I wasn't selected. Prior to interview, be ready to present your desired salary and a writing sample. I got interviewed by two young lawyers and questions were straight forward then directed to exam room. The exam is designed to assess analytical, writing/English, and attention to details skills. Overall the interview process was fair but the time and lack of communication and attentiveness to candidates was painful. I never gotten a proper rejection letter and was stood up for weeks before actively inquiring for it. It was terrible experience and revealed a lot about BAL's poor communication.

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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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