Steven M. Ladik possesses 35 years of experience helping 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 in Immigration & Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (1989-Present). For 25 consecutive years, he has been listed in Best Lawyers® in America.
Mr. Ladik 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.
He has served pro bono as the principal advisor to the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce through its International Business Council.
Mr. Ladik has held multiple leadership positions with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). From 2001-2002, he was AILA President. From 1994-2010, he was a member of the AILA Board of Governors. He is a Past Chair of the AILA, INS, National Liaison Committee, a Past Chair of the AILA Texas Chapter (1992-1993), and a Past Co-Chair of the AILA, INS Southern Region Liaison Committee (1990-1992).
He is also a Past Chair of the Board Certification Examinations Committee, Immigration & Nationality Law, State Bar of Texas.
Since March 2011, he has also been a member of the North Texas Regional Board of UNICEF, USA.
From 2011 to 2013, Mr. Ladik 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.
He also advised and assisted a national retailer in preparing an I-9 strategy to work with hundreds of franchise operations across the country.
“We Are the Champions: Athletes, Coaches and Agents”, AILA Annual Conference, Orlando (June 2019).
“The Universe of Supporting Documents and the Issues That Hide Within”, AILA Central Florida Chapter, Orlando (March 2019).
"Advances Strategies for O-1s and P-1s", AILA Rome District Chapter, Feb. 2018 (Madrid Spain)
"Sports Industry Immigration Update", Sports Lawyers Association 2017 Annual Conference, May 2017 (Denver)
"Immigration Options for Investors and Entrepreneurs", AILA Fall Conf., Oct. 2013 (Austin)
"SMU Town Hall on Immigration Reform", SMU Dedman School of Law, Sept. 2013 (Dallas)
"Strategies for Athletes, Artists, Entertainers and Other Extraordinary Individuals", AILA Annual Conf., June 2011 (San Diego)
"Visitor Visa Issues", AILA Annual Conf., June 2010 (National Harbor, Md.)
"Fundamentals of U.S. Immigration for Temporary Workers and Business Visitors", Global Personnel Alliance, May 2010 (Washington, D.C.)
“USCIS-DOS Issues", Global Personnel Alliance, May 2009 (Washington, D.C.)
"Record Retention for Employers", DallasHR, Oct. 20, 2011 (Dallas)
"B-1/B-2 Visitors", AILA Annual Conf., June 2008 (Vancouver, Canada)
"Immigration Issues: How to Handle Foreign Athletes Playing in the U.S. and American Athletes Playing Abroad", Sports Lawyers Assoc., May 2008 (San Francisco)
"Corporate Immigration Enforcement Forum", with Julie Myers, Asst. Secretary, Immigration Customs Enforcement, Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, April 2008 (Dallas)
"Immigration Law and Employer Compliance", Sterling Education, March 2008 (Dallas)
"Workplace Enforcement and ICE", AIL Natl. Conf., June 2007 (Orlando)
"Business Immigration Update", Texas Immigration Coalition, May 2007 (Plano, Texas)
"Legislative Update", Houston H.R. International Roundtable, March 2007 (Houston)
"Exploring Immigration Reform Issues", League of Women Voters of Dallas, Sept. 2006 (Dallas)
"The Great Immigration Debate", John Goodwin Center of Political Studies and the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations, May 2006 (Dallas)
"Business Immigration Reform Panel Discussion", Intl. Business Council, Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Oct. 2005 (Dallas)
"Employment-Based Petitions Exempt From Labor Certification", AILA Natl. Conf., June 2005 (Salt Lake City)
"U.S. Visas for Entertainers & Athletes", AILA Teleconference, May 2005
"Immigration Debates -Bipartisan Proposals and Differing Viewpoints", Finnish-American Business Guild, Jan. 2005 (Dallas)
J.D., Southern Methodist Univ. (1983)
B.A., Univ. of North Texas (1977)
Who's Who Legal: Corporate Immigration (Law Business Research Ltd.), 2003-2004, 2006-2019)
Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.), 1995-2020
Chambers USA (Chambers and Partners, 2016-2020)
"Best Lawyers in Dallas", D Magazine, 2014, 2016
Texas Super Lawyer" (2003-2004, 2006-2019), Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers Rating Service.
Rating of 5.0 out of 5.0 (AV Preeminent) by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™.
"Texas Top Rated Lawyers" (2001-2019) by Martindale-Hubbell.
State Bar of Texas
Human Rights Initiative of North Texas