Partner

Phone: 703.543.9500

Email: glemelle@dbllawyers.com

Office: Vienna VA

  • In a career that spans 26 years, Gerald LeMelle has helped thousands of immigrants in the United States. Mr. LeMelle was raised in Africa and Europe, so he fully understands the challenges facing foreign nationals in this country. After a lengthy career advocating for immigration reform and human rights, Mr. LeMelle now brings his passion, determination, and unique insights to Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig and to our clients. EXTENSIVE INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE | ​Gerald LeMelle launched his legal career in New York City in 1987 as the in-house counsel and Director of Programs for the oldest international education foundation in the nation, the Phelps-Stokes Fund.
  • Mr. LeMelle handled immigration issues for students, exiles, and refugees from war-torn African nations in the 1990s, and he also worked to bring skilled medical practitioners to the United States. From 1995 through 2007, Gerald LeMelle supervised the largest refugee asylum casework program in the United States as Amnesty International USA’s Deputy Executive Director for Advocacy. Mr. LeMelle then served the Executive Director of Africa Action, which focuses on supporting immigrants and their communities in the United States, from 2007 through 2010.
  • In 2010, Mr. LeMelle returned to the full-time practice of law, | MAKING THE LAW WORK FOR YOU | Gerald LeMelle is a popular speaker and a widely-published author. His work has appeared in a number of newspapers, magazines, and professional journals, and he has been interviewed on CNN, CNN International, C-Span, Voice of America, Al-Jazeera, and the BBC as well as scores of local television and radio broadcasts across the country. Mr. LeMelle earned his B.A, at Wesleyan University and his J.D. at the Georgetown University Law Center.
  • He is a member of the New York Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and the Council on Foreign Relations. To speak with Mr. LeMelle or with any of our attorneys, call Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig in Vienna, VA at (844) 247-7891, or e-mail: glemelle@dbllawyers.com.
  • Georgetown University Law Center J.D., Washington, DC
  • Wesleyan University B.A College of Social Studies, Middletown, CT
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • New York Bar
  • Association American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Council on Foreign Relations