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Rosanna Berardi

Berardi Immigration Law

Buffalo, NY, USA

In June of 2005, Rosanna Berardi, Esq. founded Berardi Immigration Law, a full-service immigration law firm.  Ms. Berardi has a unique combination of government, university and corporate experience that provides her with a broad perspective of the immigration landscape.

Ms. Berardi’s immigration career began in 1993. She attended the legacy Immigration & Naturalization Service (“INS”) Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia, and then worked as an Immigration Inspector at the Peace Bridge while attending law school at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Ms. Berardi was then promoted to the position of Legal Intern at the legacy INS’s District Office, where she performed legal research and prepared legal memoranda on various immigration issues. Upon her graduation from law school in 1997, Ms. Berardi was hired as a full-time Immigration Trial Attorney at the New York City Office through the Attorney General’s Honor Program, which placed only 25 law graduates with the INS.  In this position, Ms. Berardi gained extensive litigation experience by representing the INS in Immigration Court on a daily basis.  She prepared and presented over 400 cases in immigration court before 31 different immigration judges.

In 1998, Ms. Berardi returned to Buffalo, New York and was hired by the University at Buffalo’s International Student & Scholar Services Office as Immigration Counsel.  In this role, she was responsible for preparing and submitting all employment-based immigration petitions including OPT, CPT, TN, H-1B and green card petitions as well as Outstanding Researcher/Professor and Special Handling immigrant petitions. Ms. Berardi was the legal point-of-contact for all of the University’s immigration needs.  She delivered educational seminars and workshops to the University, and she created informative documents for the office’s website.  She routinely met with the University’s faculty, staff, and students to identify and develop their U.S. immigration strategies.

Ms. Berardi entered private law practice in 1998 when she joined Buffalo’s largest law firm as an Immigration Associate.  She spent six years there and gained extensive experience working with multi-national companies in connection with B-1, H-1B, L-1, TN and O-1, and green card transfers to the U.S.  She also represented Canadian corporations expanding or relocating to the U.S. Ms. Berardi was a frequent speaker at SUNY personnel conferences, client seminars and corporate seminars.

Today, as the Managing Partner of Berardi Immigration Law and of Kaplan and Berardi Immigration Law, Ms. Berardi continues to identify emerging trends in adjudication procedures and leverage that knowledge for the benefit of her clients.


  • Juris Doctor, State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, Buffalo, NY, 1997
  • Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY, 1994

Memberships & Affiliations:

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) – Public Relations Committee Chairperson
  • Customs & Border Protection Liaison Committee – Chairperson
  • Citizenship & Immigration Services Liaison Committee

Admitted to practice in New York.
Member of the Bars of New Jersey and District of Columbia.


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