Virginia, US

Steve is a Partner in the Dallas office where he helps corporate clients develop and implement strategies to address complex immigration matters, including layoffs and workforce reductions, due diligence and management of the immigration process in mergers and acquisitions, evaluation of PERM recruitment options, and corporate compliance in the face of enhanced enforcement.

He is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Certification in Immigration & Nationality Law (1989).  

Steve has developed a highly regarded national sports industry practice, providing immigration-related counsel and representation to professional athletes, teams and leagues in a variety of sports, including tennis, golf, soccer, squash, basketball, baseball, figure skating, hockey, football, and track and field. He is a frequent speaker on immigration reform legislation and its impact on businesses.

Steve has served pro bono as the principal advisor to the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce through its International Business Council.

Education


Southern Methodist University | J.D., 1983
North Texas University | B.A., 1977

Awards

Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Immigration (Law Business Research Ltd), 2003-2004, 2006-2018

Listed in Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.), 1995-2018

Listed in Chambers USA (Chambers and Partners), 2016-2017

Named one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” by D Magazine, 2014, 2016

Listed as “AV Preeminent Rated” by Martindale-Hubbell (Internet Brands, Inc.), 2016

Listed in Super Lawyers (Thompson Reuters), 2003-2004, 2006-2017

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar Admissions: Texas

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

Past President, American Immigration Law Foundation (2003 – 2006)

Past President, American Immigration Lawyers Association (2001 – 2002)

Former Board of Governors, American Immigration Lawyers Association (1994 – 2010)

Past Chairman, Board Certification Examinations Committee, Immigration & Nationality Law, State Bar of Texas

Past Chairman, AILA, INS National Liaison Committee

Past Chairman, AILA Texas Chapter (1992 – 1993)

Past Co-Chairman, AILA INS Southern Region Liaison Committee (1990 – 1992)

From 2011 to 2013, developed and implemented a comprehensive immigration strategy to bring hundreds of personnel to participate in the America’s Cup sailing event using multiple visa categories for accountants, lawyers, sail makers, software engineers, ground crew, sailors and others

Advised and assisted a national retailer in preparing an I-9 strategy to work with hundreds of franchise operations across the country

Publications and Lectures

Speaker, “Sports Industry Immigration Update.” Panel presentation, Sports Lawyers Association 2017 Annual Conference, Denver, CO, May 2017.

Speaker, “Immigration Options for Investors and Entrepreneurs.” Lecture, American Immigration Lawyers Association Fall Conference, Austin, TX, October 2013.

Moderator, “SMU Town Hall on Immigration Reform.” Town hall discussion, SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas, TX, September 2013.

Speaker, “Strategies for Athletes, Artists, Entertainers and Other Extraordinary Individuals.” Lecture, American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, June 2011.

Speaker, “Athlete Visas.” Lecture, American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, National Harbor, MD, June 2010.

Speaker, “Visitor Visa Issues.” Lecture, American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, National Harbor, MD, June 2010.

Speaker, “Fundamentals of U.S. Immigration for Temporary Workers and Business Visitors.” Lecture, Global Personnel Alliance, Washington, D.C., May 2010.

Speaker, “Athlete Visas.” Lecture, American Immigration Lawyers Association Audio Seminar, audio recording, March 2010.

Speaker, “B-1 Business Visitors.” Lecture, American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, June 2009.

Speaker, “USCIS-DOS Issues.” Lecture, Global Personnel Alliance, Washington, D.C., May 2009.

Speaker, “Immigration Traps and Ways to Avoid Them.” Lecture, Sports Lawyers Association, Chicago, IL, May 2009.

Speaker, “B-1/B-2 Visitors.” Lecture, American Immigration Lawyers Association National Conference, Vancouver, Canada, June 2008.

Speaker, “Immigration Issues: How to Handle Foreign Athletes Playing in the U.S. and American Athletes Playing Abroad.” Lecture, Sports Lawyers Association, San Francisco, CA, May 2008.

Speaker, “Corporate Immigration Enforcement Forum.” Lecture, Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce with Julie Myers, Assistant Secretary, Immigration Customs Enforcement, Dallas, TX, April 2008.

Speaker, “Immigration Law and Employer Compliance.” Lecture, Sterling Education, Dallas, TX, March 2008.

Speaker, “Workplace Enforcement and ICE.” AILA National Conference, Orlando, FL, June 2007.

Speaker, “Business Immigration Update.” Texas Immigration Coalition, Plano, TX, May 2007.

Speaker, “Legislative Update.” Lecture, Houston H.R. International Roundtable, Houston, TX, March 2007.

Speaker, “Exploring Immigration Reform Issues.” Lecture, League of Women Voters of Dallas, Dallas, TX, September 2006. 

Speaker, “The Great Immigration Debate.” Lecture, John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies and the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations, Dallas, TX, May 2006.

Speaker, “Business Immigration Reform Panel Discussion.” Lecture, International Business Council, Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Dallas, TX, October 2005.

Speaker, “Employment-Based Petitions Exempt from Labor Certification.” Lecture, American Immigration Lawyers Association National Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, June 2005.

Speaker, “U.S. Visas for Entertainers & Athletes.” Lecture, American Immigration Lawyers Association Teleconference, teleconference, May 2005.

Speaker, “Immigration Debates – Bipartisan Proposals and Differing Viewpoints.” Lecture, Finnish-American Business Guild, Dallas, TX, January 2005.