Greg L. Berk

Greg Berk Partner
gberk@cdflaborlaw.com
(949) 622-1661 Ext. 1432

Greg L. Berk Orange County

As chair of CDF's immigration practice group, Greg Berk assists employers with hiring and retaining talented foreign nationals.  One of Berk's strengths is simplifying the immigration process for employers so they can understand it and be an active participant.  Frequently, HR managers must place a foreign national on the payroll within a few weeks.  Berk and his team understand these time pressures and jump to meet client expectations.  Berk works closely with employers throughout California, the U.S., and overseas on immigration matters including: work visas, H-1B, L-1, TN and O-1 petitions, employer sponsored green cards (labor certifications), overseas consular matters, consultations and second opinions on complex matters. 

Education

Western State University College of Law, Fullerton CA, J.D., 1990

George Washington University, Washington D.C., MBA, 1984

California State University Overseas Chinese Language Program, Taipei, Taiwan, 1982-83

California State University, Dominquez Hills, B.A. Business Administration, 1982

Publications

"International Migration to the U.S.," The California International Law Journal, Vol. 20, No. 1 & 2, Spring/Summer 2012

"Reforming Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Breaking the Congressional Stalemate," Orange County Bar Association Magazine, March 2011

"Immigration Options for Investors and Entrepreneurs," Contributing Author, American Immigration Lawyers Assoc (AILA), 2006

Immigration Concepts: A Primer for Law Students and Paralegals on the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act, Copyright 2004; Compilation of materials written to assist students in understanding the complexities of immigration law

Presentations

"Slaying the Dragon: Understanding the 1,200-Page U.S. Senate CIR Bill," Orange County Bar Association, Immigration Law Section Meeting, November 2013

"The Future of Immigration: What The Final Legislation Will Likely Look Like & What It Means For Your Company," CDF Webinar Series, October 2013

“Hot Topics in Immigration Law: The Latest in EB-5 Investment and Preparing Your Practice for Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” Panel Discussion, 2013 State Bar of California's Annual Meeting, October 2013

"I-9’s, E-Verify and the Latest Immigration Benefits," California Landscape Contractors Association, Orange County Chapter, April 2013

"Immigration Session - Fundamentals of Employment Law Seminar," Sterling Education Services, March 2013

"Visa War Stories and Consular Processing," 2012 State Bar of California Annual Meeting, October 2012    

“EB-5 Investors Immigration 101 Seminar”, Pincus Professional Education, October 2012

"Trouble Knocks: Top 10 HR Mistakes," Vistage All-City Conference, September 2012

"Immigration & Legislative," California Restaurant Association, September 2012

"Overview of U.S. Immigration Options," State Bar of California, September 2012

"The World Is a Big Playground: Cross Over Issues Involving Foreign National Clients in Family Law, Estate Planning, and Immigration," The State Bar of California Webinar, Panel Speaker, July 2012

"I-9's: Paper or Digital, Should We E-Verify, and How to Keep Things Cool with DHS," CDF Webinar Series, October 2011

"Presentation on B-1 business visitor visas – opportunities and challenges," Southern California International Sister Cities Regional Conference, January 2011

Professional Affiliations / Leadership / Awards

"Thurgood Marshall, A Salute to a Giant in Civil Rights Jurisprudence and Leadership,” OCBA Seminar Program Chair, November 2012 

International Law Section, State Bar of California, Executive Committee, 2011-present

  • Chair of Immigration Subcommittee, Oct. 2012 – present

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Member, 1999-present

AILA National EB-5 Investors Committee, Member, 2008-2009

Orange County Bar Association Education Committee, Co-Chair, 2011-present

Orange County Bar Association Immigration Section, Chair, 2005 and 2010

Orange County Bar Association Lawyer, Referral Advisory Committee, Member, 2006-2010

Civic Activities

Southern California Sister Cities International Organization, Board of Directors, 2011

Long Beach – Qingdao Sister City Organization, Member, 2004-present