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Global Leader

Corporate Immigration 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

Peers and clients say

"She was very knowledgeable about potential issues and the nuance in the timing of a transfer"

"Vernadette always places a high priority on the part of the employee-clients to ensure their needs are met"

"She has excellent immigration knowledge"


Vernadette is a partner at Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP, and oversees the global immigration practice for the San Francisco office. She has over 18 years’ experience in practicing corporate immigration law, and provides expert advice to clients in managing successful global immigration programmes. Vernadette represents clients in a variety of industries, with a primary focus in aerospace, high tech, engineering, and construction. Her client base ranges from companies with emerging international programmes to those well established in over 60 countries.

Vernadette started in the US practice where she guided clients in all aspects of US immigration, including employment-based non-immigrant visas, PERM labour certification applications, immigrant petitions, and adjustment of status. Her transition to the global practice was an organic one as companies built their international presence. Assisting companies to navigate immigration in other countries was a natural extension in service.

Prior to joining BAL, Vernadette practiced immigration with several firms in the San Francisco bay area, including a prestigious law firm specialising in criminal deportation and business immigration, a boutique immigration firm, and a large full service immigration firm.

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