Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP recognised by Best Lawyers®

Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) LLP, one of the world’s largest immigration law firms, has been named “Immigration Law Firm of the Year” by US News – Best Lawyers®. Only one law firm per legal practice area receives this recognition, making the award a significant achievement. BAL has also received a First Tier ranking in Houston, San Francisco and Washington, DC by Best Lawyers®.

The award caps a tremendous milestone year for the firm:

  • Opening of a 60-person office in mid-town Manhattan.
  • Establishing an unprecedented strategic alliance with Deloitte UK that combines the best of Deloitte’s scale, expertise and breadth outside of the US with BAL’s unparalleled legal expertise and high quality immigration services in the US.
  • Launching a large-scale Center of Excellence in Richardson, Texas to support over 600 cross-functional professionals including attorneys, legal and operational staff, as well as expansions of offices in Boston, Houston, McLean, Va. and Walnut Creek, Ca.
  • Unveiling of the industry’s first mobile immigration app, enabling anytime, anywhere case management across Android and iOS devices. The app is a component of Cobalt® the firm’s innovative digital immigration platform.

Commenting on the award, Managing Partner Jeremy Fudge stated, “This has been another extraordinary year for BAL. We have been quietly leading the industry for several years now and are honoured to receive the US News – Best Lawyers® ”Law Firm of the Year’ in immigration.”

About Best Lawyers®

Best Lawyers® “Law Firm of the Year” awards are country and practice area specific. They are determined based on a handful of factors, including: feedback from lawyers recognized by Best Lawyers® on individual lawyer and firm-wide work, the size and coverage of the firm in a specific practice area, historical analysis of the firm’s “Lawyer of the Year” awards in this area, and research surrounding the firm’s overall scope and areas of expertise.

About Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

BAL is singularly focused on meeting the immigration challenges of corporate clients around the world in ways that make immigration more strategic and enable clients to be more successful. Established in 1980, the firm provides immigration expertise, top-notch information security and leading technology innovation like its Cobalt® digital immigration services platform. In 2018, the firm formed a strategic alliance with Deloitte UK to create the world’s first global immigration service delivery model. BAL and its leaders are highly ranked in every major legal publication, including Best Lawyers, Chambers, The Legal 500, and Who’s Who Legal. For more information about Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP, please visit:

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Former attorney’s book named ‘Book of the Year’ at award ceremony

The steel mill is an industrial giant, providing livelihood for the immigrant neighbourhoods all around the city.

Christmas shoppers frequent the bustling downtown storefronts.

And major crime in the city of about 70,000 people isn’t an issue.

That is until the arrest of Casper Bennett, accused in the death of his wife, Florence Bennett, who was found by her husband in a bathtub of scalding water, just before Christmas 1963.

Was her death an accident? Was it suicide? Or was it murder?

Retired attorney David Miraldi still isn’t sure, but in his book, “The Edge of Innocence: The Trial of Casper Bennett,” Miraldi re-creates the trial of a man that captivated the city, and 54 years later still demands attention.

Miraldi was just a boy when his father served as Bennett’s defense attorney in 1964. But he still remembers the case. And he remembers reading the ongoing newspaper coverage and asking the question, “Did he do it, Dad?”

So when his mother moved to an assisted living facility in 2005, and Miraldi and his family were going through boxes, finding his father’s file on the case was intriguing.

The file stayed closed for another five years, but Miraldi felt himself pulled back to it.

When he finally opened it, he discovered his father’s closing arguments and some briefs, altogether not very much. But there was something about it that Miraldi could not put down.

“You’ve got a man accused of murdering his wife in scalding bath water,” Miraldi said. “His hand showed some burns. He had an alibi that was not that solid. And the police rushed to arrest him.”

Because there was no transcript of the trial, Miraldi had to piece the story together using his father’s file and newspaper accounts, such as articles from The Chronicle-Telegram that were written by then-reporter Don Miller.

“I imagined the thoughts of the characters, and I had to re-create the testimony,” he said.

He published the book as historical fiction, and it was named the 2018 Book of the Year by the International Rubery Book Awards.

“The Rubery Prize is a prestigious international book award that seeks out quality books from independent writers, self-published writers, and books published by small independent presses from all over the world,” according to a news release.

When the book won the award, it was reclassified as non-fiction.

“It’s somewhere between narrative non-fiction and creative non-fiction,” Miraldi said.

Whatever it is called, the story is compelling, agreed authors and critics who judge submissions for the award.

In awarding the top prize to Miraldi, the judges found that the book was “a page turner (that built) to a gripping climax.” The judges praised the book because “it provided an insider’s perspective on the gamesmanship that underlies the jury system.” The judges also “were captivated by the author’s description of Lorain in the mid-1960s, a typical Midwestern steel town with its sense of community, strong immigrant population, and belief that its thriving way of life would never change.”

A Lorain native, Miraldi is a 1971 graduate of Lake Ridge Academy. He received his undergraduate degree from the College of Wooster, and his law degree from the Ohio State University College of Law.

He began practicing law in 1978 and worked as a civil trial attorney until three years ago, when he retired.

As an attorney, Miraldi often would write legal briefs on issues, trial briefs, evidentiary briefs or motions to dismiss, and it always was something he enjoyed.

Writing a book wasn’t too difficult, he said.

“It actually flowed pretty well,” Miraldi said. “It took four to five months to write the first draft. I took some advice from another attorney-turned-writer, John Keyse Walker, who said to let it sit 60 days and revise it again. So, that’s what I did.”

Miraldi enjoys the writing process.

“It’s laborious, but it is also fun and rewarding,” he said.

He’s already been working on two new books, but is focusing his attention on just the one for now, a narrative non-fiction book about a former client and an episode in her life. He’s about one-third of the way finished, he said.

“I have a lot of things I enjoy doing,” Miraldi said. “I play tennis. I like to play the piano. I’m interested in photography. And I have two grandchildren in Cincinnati that I try to see, and I travel. But I also try to write a little every day.”

As for his award, Miraldi was pleased and surprised after learning he had won.

“It’s nothing I expected, but it’s certainly the icing on the cake,” he said. “I had a story to share. You always wonder if anyone is going to read it; and if they do read it, you wonder if they are going to enjoy it. If nothing else happens, I’ve had a tremendous amount of fun.”

“The Edge of Innocence: The Trial of Casper Bennett” is available online at Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Google Play, iBooks and Audible. It also is available locally at Nielsen Jewelers in Lorain, Jax Store for Men and Women in Lorain, Ben Franklin in Oberlin and Barnes and Nobles in Westlake.

“It’s a courtroom drama, but it’s also the story about a bygone era,” Miraldi said. “It returns us to Lorain, Ohio, when it was a thriving industrial city. It is fun to revisit that era and think about life back then. I grew up in Lorain. I’ve lived in Amherst, Elyria and now Avon. I’m Lorain County through and through.”

Miraldi resides in Avon with his wife, Leslee, who also is an attorney. The couple has three adult children and two grandchildren.

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Williams Parker Attorneys Named Super Lawyers, Rising Stars

Williams Parker has announced that Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters lawyer-rating service, has named 13 of its attorneys as 2018 Super Lawyers and three as 2018 Rising Stars. Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The multi-phased selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. The following Williams Parker attorneys were named as 2018 Super Lawyers: Charles D. Bailey, III, Gail E. Farb, Jennifer Fowler-Hermes, Rose-Anne Frano, Ric Gregoria, John M. Hament, J. Michael Hartenstine, Elizabeth C. Marshall, Mark A. Schwartz, William M. Seider, Jeffrey T. Troiano, Kimberly P. Walker and Michael J. Wilson. 2018 Rising Stars are Douglas J. Elmore, James-Allen McPheeters and Elizabeth M. Stamoulis.

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Awards Spotlight: Best Best-Practice in Financial Advisory

The best examples of excellence within the international finance industry will come into focus on 4 October at the 19th annual International Fund & Product Awards, which is held at the Merchant Taylors Hall, London.

In recognition of the extraordinary talent in the industry, the Award for Best Best-Practice in Financial Advisory/Wealth Management is now receiving entries.

This category is intended to recognise wealth management/financial advisory firms located in and/or operating in any region of the world, which have not only adopted best practices on behalf of their clients, but have gone the extra mile to put in place practices that serve as a beacon for others looking to improve their own businesses. This perennially popular award will be presented to 8 regional winners from which an overall category winner will be selected:

– North America
– Latin America
– Europe
– Middle East
– Africa
– Asia
– Australasia
– United Kingdom

To cast your nominations, DO NOT DELAY: for further information and the full list of this year’s categories, please visit

The deadline for entries is 22 June.

Last year’s International Fund & Product Awards took place at the Four Seasons Hotel Park Lane.

For any questions regarding the awards, please contact Christopher Copper-Ind at [email protected] or telephone +44 (0)20 3892 7910.

Click here to view the online version of our magazine’s supplement edition, featuring highlights of the event and a list of all of the winners of last year’s awards.


Lawyers honoured at Manchester Legal Awards 2018

Leading lawyers from across Manchester have gathered together for the ninth annual Manchester Legal Awards.

The sold-out event, hosted by Eamonn O’Neal, saw the region’s legal professionals gather at The Midland Hotel to celebrate excellence in Manchester’s legal community.

The prestigious event was sponsored by Capita Translation and Interpreting, Manchester Law Society’s legal language specialist partner.

The ceremony culminated with Anthony Lyons of Kuits Solicitors picking up the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award for his services to the legal profession following an illustrious 40-year career.

Speaking about the award, President of the Manchester Law Society, Mike Devlin said:

“Anthony is one of the true stand out individuals in the North West’s legal community and he hugely deserves to be the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Throughout his remarkable career, Anthony has exhibited an inspiring commitment to the legal profession, forging a formidable reputation for his expertise in licensing and leisure.

“Reflecting on the tremendously successful career Anthony has enjoyed to date and considering the high esteem in which he is held by his peers, Anthony was a clear choice this year.”

Other individuals to pick up awards on the night were Geraldine Ryan, Hill Dickinson LLP who was named Partner of the Year and Mary O’Rourke QC of Deans Court Chambers – who was named Barrister of the Year.

Zak Golombeck from Slater and Gordon Lawyers was named Solicitor of the Year and Shez Anjum from JMW Solicitors LLP received the award for Trainee/Paralegal of the Year.

Eversheds Sutherland was named Law Firm of the Year – Large while Myerson Solicitors LLP picked up the award for Law Firm of the Year – Medium and Bromleys Solicitors LLP was named Law Firm of the Year – Small.

Fran Eccles-Bech, chief executive of the Manchester Law Society, said:

“Yet again it’s been a wonderful night for everyone involved – all the hard work has definitely been worth it.

“The awards serve to recognise genuine brilliance in Manchester’s legal sector – it’s a considerable achievement to be shortlisted for the awards in the first place, even before our eventual winners are decided.

“The sheer amount of talent on display continues to astound me, and everyone who was nominated should feel truly proud of their achievement.

“The night itself though is a huge amount of fun and I must thank all the judges and sponsors for their commitment and hard work.”

MEN Media was once again media partner to the awards and RMS was again named as marketing and PR partner for the event.

Guests arrived at 7.00pm to be treated to a drinks reception, sponsored by VDocs.

Back on Track was the charity partner for the awards, chosen by Mike Devlin, President of Manchester Law Society.

All entries, with the exception of Lifetime Achievement, were assessed against five criteria. Leading lights from Manchester’s business community met to assess entries during the Judging Day, which was sponsored by Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

The winners of this year’s awards will be treated to a Winners & Sponsors Celebration Reception on March 28 courtesy of Fazenda who are sponsoring the evening.

A total of 20 awards were awarded on the night.

Here is the full list of winners:

Trainee/Paralegal of the Year Award
Shez Anjum, JMW Solicitors LLP

Solicitor of the Year Award
Zak Golombeck, Slater and Gordon Lawyers

Pro Bono/Community Initiative Award
University of Manchester Legal Advice Centre Network

Law Firm Innovation Award
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Corporate/Commercial – Team of the Year Award
Eversheds Sutherland

Crime – Team of the Year Award
Morton’s Solicitors Limited

Employment – Team of the Year Award

Family – Team of the Year Award
Hall Brown Family Law

Litigation – Team of the Year Award

Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence – Team of the Year Award
JMW Solicitors LLP

Private Client – Team of the Year Award
Slater and Gordon Lawyers

Property – Team of the Year Award
Eversheds Sutherland

Regulatory – Team of the Year Award
Mills & Reeve

Barrister of the Year Award
Mary O’Rourke QC, Deans Court Chambers

Barristers’ Chambers of the Year Award
Deans Court Chambers

Partner of the Year Award
Geraldine Ryan, Hill Dickinson LLP

Law Firm of the Year – Small (1-5 partners nationally) Award
Bromleys Solicitors LLP

Law Firm of the Year – Medium (6-20 partners nationally) Award
Myerson Solicitors LLP

Law Firm of the Year – Large (20+ partners nationally) Award
Eversheds Sutherland

Lifetime Achievement Award
Anthony Lyons, Kuits

For more information about the Manchester Legal Awards, please visit:

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Exclusive: Linklaters opens fifth German office to chase banking work

Linklaters will open its fifth office in Hamburg in the first quarter of this year to capitalise on an increase in banking work for German clients.

The firm has made no lateral hires with the launch, instead transferring two existing partners from Frankfurt and Dusseldorf.

Linklaters LLP is a multinational law firm headquartered in London. Founded in 1838, it is a member of the “Magic Circle” of elite British law firms. It currently employs over 2,000 lawyers across 29 offices in 20 countries.

In 2016, Linklaters achieved revenues of £1.31 billion ($1.97 billion) and profits per equity partner of £1.45 million ($2.2 million), making it the world’s fourth highest-grossing law firm, and the most profitable member of the Magic Circle. In the UK, the firm has top-tier rankings across many practice areas, including corporate/M&A, capital markets, litigation, banking and finance, restructuring and insolvency, antitrust and tax. Linklaters counts more FTSE 100 companies among its clients than any other law firm. For direct deals by institutional investors in the first half of 2016, Linklaters tied for first place. In the 2012 Global Elite Brand Index, Linklaters was named the third strongest global law firm brand.