Lynden Melmed

Lynden Melmed
1133 Connecticut Avenue NW
Suite 1050
District of Columbia
+1 202 842 5830


Who's Who Legal Corporate Immigration: Lawyers

Lynden Melmed is a partner in the Washington, DC office where he oversees the firm’s compliance and government affairs practices. Before joining BAL, Lynden served as chief counsel of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), that agency’s highest ranking legal position. As chief counsel of USCIS, Mr Melmed managed a legal programme of approximately 130 attorneys and was a key advisor to senior leadership within USCIS, DHS, the White House, and other federal agencies on all aspects of immigration law. Prior to his appointment as chief counsel, he served as special counsel to Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), who at that time was chairman of the Senate subcommittee on immigration, border security and citizenship. In that capacity, he was actively involved in oversight of federal immigration agencies and played a leading role in drafting and managing the comprehensive immigration legislation that passed the US Senate in 2006.

Today, Mr Melmed counsels corporate clients on complex immigration matters, assists businesses in establishing and managing global immigration programmes and represents businesses in connection with audits and investigations by the federal government. He has served as immigration counsel in connection with several of the largest immigration investigations ever pursued by the federal government.

He serves as counsel to several prominent business trade associations, has testified before the US Senate’s judiciary subcommittee on immigration, and has strong bi-partisan connections with House and Senate leadership.

Mr Melmed received his JD and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia. He is admitted to the State Bar of Texas.

WWL says: Lynden Melmed is “very savvy about immigration legislation” say sources who note, “he is well respected and has important insight from his government experience.”

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Corporate Immigration which can be purchased from our Shop.

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