A group of internationally renowned immigration law professionals – including Daryl Buffenstein, from the Atlanta office of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP (BAL) and Bo Cooper of BAL's Washington, DC office – has joined Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP.
In total, approximately 80 immigration professionals from BAL are joining Fragomen – 16 partners and attorneys and approximately 64 paralegals and professional staff.
The new group establishes Fragomen's presence in Atlanta, where the office is headed by partners Mr. Buffenstein, Deborah Marlowe and Kyle Sherman. They are retaining their current offices at 600 Peachtree Street Northeast, Suite 2000, in Atlanta, and will continue to serve clients with a full range of local, regional, national and international immigration services, now fully supported by Fragomen's global resources.
Mr. Buffenstein, who prior to his time at BAL led Paul Hastings' immigration practice for over 20 years, said, "We are thrilled about becoming part of what is truly a global corporate immigration firm and the leader in the field. It is a win-win for both us and our clients. Being part of Fragomen gives us a platform to extend our service capabilities and access to cutting-edge resources to meet our clients' ever-evolving business immigration needs."
At the same time, Mr. Cooper and Daniel Brown are joining Fragomen's Washington, DC. office, where Mr. Cooper will lead the firm's Government Relations practice. Fragomen's D.C. office has been part of the firm for over 30 years, and was originally established by Sam Bernsen, a former general counsel to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).
Mr. Cooper, also a former general counsel to the INS through two administrations, commented, "Corporate immigration issues have become more and more complex, requiring innovative approaches, a global platform, and a thorough understanding of government agencies and Congress. In joining forces with Fragomen, our combined resources are unique – allowing us to best serve our clients during these changing, challenging times. We look forward to working with our new partners and clients going forward as part of the Fragomen firm."