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BERRY APPLEMAN EXPANDS TO TEXAS DALLAS � Jenkens & Gilchrist is losing three Dallas-based immigration shareholders to San Francisco-based corporate-immigration firm Berry Appleman & Leiden, which plans to open offices in Dallas and Houston on Feb. 12. When Berry Appleman opens its Texas offices, Steven Ladik will become managing partner of the Dallas office, and Paige Taylor will join as a partner. Shawn Orme will become managing partner of the Berry Appleman office in Houston. Ladik expects about seven Jenkens immigration associates to join Berry Appleman. Jenkens currently has 12 lawyers firmwide in its immigration practice group, according to the firm’s Web site. Ladik says he and others in the immigration group have been evaluating their practice model for a long time. Operating a corporate immigration practice in a large, general practice firm is like putting a square peg in a round hole, Ladik says. “We are really billing flat rates, doing processes that can be quoted flat fees. . . . There’s no need to keep time. There’s no need for hourly rates . . .,” he explains. Ladik also notes that moving to 26-lawyer Berry Appleman, which also has an office in McLean, Va., gives his group the opportunity to expand its reach nationally and globally. “It gives us the critical mass to actually handle the largest corporate client you can conceive of at a moment’s notice. Immigration is a high-volume type of work with very short deadlines. If a client has 1,000 foreign nationals and says, “We want you to do our work’ . . . you need to be filing cases in a day,” he says. Ladik says his decision to join Berry Appleman was not related to any recent development at Jenkens, such as talks the firm’s management is having with Hunton & Williams management about a substantial number of lawyers from Jenkens’ Dallas office laterally moving to Hunton & Williams’ Dallas office. Ladik notes that he has known Walter Leiden, the managing partner of Berry Appleman, for 25 years, and Leiden was the best man at his wedding in 2000. Leiden says Berry Appleman’s new Texas offices provide a central hub for the firm’s operations, which are located on the West Coast in California and on the East Coast in the Washington, D.C., area.

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