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Martin Valko - Dallas, TX

10670 N Central ExpySuite 300 Dallas, TX 75231

Updated: 12/15/2023

Dallas U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law Lawyer

Overview

Martin Valko is a founding partner of Chavez & Valko, LLP, managing its principal office in Dallas. He has navigated the complexities of the U.S. immigration process for decades-both as an immigration attorney and as an immigrant himself. His diverse practice embraces family, humanitarian, and employment-based immigration, along with the pursuit of temporary nonimmigrant visas.

Martin focuses primarily on representing both individual and corporate clients ranging from small businesses and startups to Fortune companies and transnational corporations. A former collegiate athlete himself, Martin has advised and represented other collegiate and amateur athletes and Olympians as well as professional teams and players from the NFL, NHL, and the USA Cricket Association.

Due to this deep and wide experience and a desire to give back, Martin is a frequent speaker at educational and business seminars on various immigration law topics. He is a former committee member of the AILA National USCIS Field Operations Liaison Committee as well the AILA National USCIS Service Centers Liaison Committee (SCOPS/Texas Service Center). He is also a legal advisor to the Mexican Consulate General in Dallas (2011 - 2027) as well as to the Slovak Embassy on U.S. immigration laws and represents the Slovak Republic as its Honorary Consul to Texas (since 2010).

A testament to his varied skillset and interests, Martin's career has included forays outside of traditional immigration law, into entertainment law and tech. Through his representation of legendary Slovak pop/rock singer Pavol Habera and his band TEAM, Martin obtained an out-of-court settlement with Sony Pictures regarding the use of the band's song in the 2005 horror film Hostel, including a written apology from the film's director, Eli Roth. Martin is also a co-founder of Lawpilot, an immigration case management platform that includes the Lawpilot Guardian, a one-of-a-kind mobile app that alerts attorneys of a client's encounter with ICE or the police, providing instant GPS location information and an audio recording.

Outside of the office, Martin is husband to a 5-time Olympian (2-time Olympic silver medalist) and a World Champion swimmer, Martina Moravcova Valko, and father to their children, Karolina and Michal with whom he resides in Dallas, Texas. He is an avid cyclist and spends his free time with an interesting book.

About Martin Valko

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Managing Partner - Dallas

Languages

  • Slovak
  • Czech

Practice Areas

  • U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law 100%

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas

Other Affiliations

  • Board Member, National Czech and Slovak Museum & Library (2015-2020)
  • Board Member, Consular Corps of Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Committee Member, AILA National USCIS Service Centers Liaison Committee (SCOPS/Texas Service Center, 2014-2015)
  • Committee Member, AILA National USCIS Field Operations Liaison Committee (2013-2014)
  • Member, Dallas World Affairs Council; Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce; Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; U.S.-Mexico Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas; District of Columbia Bar; Dallas Bar Association; American Immigration Lawyers Association; Dallas and Texas Young Lawyers Associations
  • Dallas Bar Association

Classes and Seminars

  • International Students in the Workplace (For International Students), Texas Wesleyan University, November 15, 2023
  • Hiring International Students (For Employers), Southern Methodist University, November 14, 2023
  • Hiring International Students (For International Students), Southern Methodist University, November 14, 2023
  • OPT and STEM Extension - Understanding F-1 Students and Their Employment Opportunities, 46th UTCLE Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law, September 30, 2022
  • Presentation with the Slovak Ambassador to Mexico about the Mexico-US relations under President Biden and the students of the University of Matej Bel in Slovakia, University of Matej Bel in Slovakia and the Slovak Embassy in Mexico, March 25, 2021
  • International Students in the Workplace, Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business, October 24, 2019
  • Employer Workplace Compliance Overview, Northwest Dallas Business Association, August 15, 2019
  • International Students in the Workplace, the DEC@Addison Treehouse, March 20, 2019
  • Law Firm Management and Best Practices, National Immigration Lawyers Association (CIL), March 22, 2017
  • H-1B Specialty Occupation Visas & Alternatives for International Students, Southern Methodist University International Student and Scholar Services, March 2, 2017
  • H-1B Specialty Occupation Visas & Alternatives for International Students, Southern Methodist University International Student and Scholar Services, November 2, 2016
  • Employer Strategies in H-1B and Immigrant Visa Processes for DFW Metroplex Accounting Firms, SMU Cox School of Business Accounting Department Advisory Board, April 22, 2016
  • H-1B Specialty Occupation Visas for Foreign Students, Southern Methodist University International Student and Scholar Services, March 9, 2016
  • H-1B Specialty Occupation Visas for Foreign Students, Southern Methodist University International Student and Scholar Services, October 13, 2015
  • Speaker, Immigration law and Classroom issues for Educators at the Teacher's Law School, American Board of Trial Advocates at the UNT Law School in Dallas, September 26, 2015
  • H-1B Specialty Occupation Visas for Foreign Students, Southern Methodist University International Student and Scholar Services, March 13, 2015
  • Speaker, Presidential Executive Action (DACA II, DAPA), Mexican Consulate General in Dallas, TX, December 2, 2014
  • H-1B Specialty Occupation Visas for Foreign Students, Southern Methodist University International Student and Scholar Services, October 23, 2014
  • H-1B Specialty Occupation Visas for Foreign Students, Southern Methodist University International Student and Scholar Services, March 20, 2014
  • Alternatives to H-1B Classification for Graduating Students, DFW-LINC Leading International Networking Clinic, March 10, 2014
  • H-1B Information Session at SMU, Southern Methodist University International Student and Scholar Services, October 11, 2013
  • Speaker, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Mexican Consulate in Dallas, September 8, 2012
  • Speaker, Nonimmigrant Derivative Beneficiaries and Household Members, 2012 AILA National Conference, June 13, 2012 - June 16, 2012
  • Speaker, Waivers of Inadmissibility (I-601; I-212), University of Texas CLE, October 20, 2011
  • Co-chair, AILA Spring 2011 Texas Chapter Conference, American Immigration Lawyers Association, April 14, 2011
  • Presenter, The I-9 Form: Employer's Compliance Responsibility, Dallas Federal Reserve Bank, January 18, 2011
  • Presenter, Temporary and Permanent Work Visas, Dallas Federal Reserve Bank, January 18, 2011
  • Speaker, "Overview of the Immigration Laws", Oklahoma City University School of Law, September 21, 2010
  • Speaker, "Overview of the Immigration Laws", The Fort Worth Breakfast Club, November 25, 2009
  • Speaker, AILA Fall 2009 TX/NM/OK Chapter CLE Conference (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico), American Immigration Lawyers Association, November 6, 2009 - November 7, 2009
  • Speaker, "Federal, State, and Immigration Consequences of Family Violence Convictions", CLE panel presenter for Tarrant County Mexican-American Bar Association, November 14, 2008
  • Presenter, "Know Your Rights" Videoseminar for respondents, American Immigration Lawyers Association, October 1, 2008
  • Speaker, "Employers' Ethical Obligations - Immigration Law & Employer Compliance", Sterling Institute CLE Seminar, February 15, 2008
  • Speaker, "No-Match" Regulations: Employers on "Constructive" Notice that Employee May be Working Illegally and How To Avoid Penalties, Hispanic Contractors Association of DFW, September 6, 2007

Education

  • Oklahoma City University School of Law, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 2002
    Juris Doctor (JD)
  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas, 2004
    Master of Laws (LLM)
    Law Review: Yearbook of International Financial and Economic Law, Notes Editor
  • Comenius University School of Law, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2005
    Bachelor of Law (BL)
  • University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, 1997
    Bachelor of Science (BS)
    Major: Psychology

Fees

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Office Information

Address

10670 N Central ExpySuite 300 Dallas, TX 75231

Fax

  • 214-251-8021

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