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*   Honorary Consul of the Slovak Republic to Texas
** Legal Advisor to the Mexican Consulate General in Dallas and the Embassy of Slovak Republic in the United States

An immigrant to this country, Mr. Valko is uniquely positioned to assist other foreign nationals as he has been through the entire immigration process himself. He has been a high school exchange student (J-1), college student (F-1) and a specialty occupation worker (H-1B). He also experienced the infamous wait for visas at US consulates abroad so he understands the importance of zealous representation. Martin has been representing and providing immigration counsel to all types of clients from around the World – they are spouses, fiancé(e)s, parents and children of US citizens or lawful permanent residents. His employment-based clients are not only small businesses with a few employees but also a publicly traded US company with over $8 billion in sales and one of the largest global LED manufacturers. Martin has represented and counseled Fortune 500 and other multi-national companies, MLB and NFL trading card manufacturer, medical doctors and nurses, World Champion Track & Field athletes and Olympians, a professional race car team and driver, Grammy-nominated artists and several NHL players.

Martin's immigration practice includes permanent labor certifications (PERM), EB-1, EB-2, EB-3 immigrant visas, H-1B specialty occupation and H-2A and H-2B seasonal worker visas, E-3 visas, L-1 visas for intracompany transferees, E-1 and E-2 treaty investor and trader visas, F and J visas for foreign and exchange students, and O and P visas for extraordinary ability aliens, athletes and performers as well as TN visas for Canadians and Mexicans under the NAFTA treaty. Moreover, he assists his clients with securing I-212 and I-601 and I-601A waivers of inadmissibility before the US Citizenship and Immigration Services and US State Department (Consular practice), provides assistance with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of designated countries, and represents clients in removal proceedings and on appeals. Finally, Martin Valko is has been 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 (2013-2014), and current committee member of the AILA National USCIS Service Centers Liaison Committee (SCOPS/Texas Service Center).

In 2008, the Texas Bar Journal published a story about Martin Valko's representation of Slovak athletes which has even led him into the entertainment industry. He represented a legendary Slovak pop/rock singer Pavol Habera and his band TEAM in a copyright dispute with Sony Pictures Entertainment regarding the use of part of its song in the 2005 horror film Hostel. He was picked over an entertainment law firm that had represented Habera's Victoria Secret model spouse. He obtained an out-of-court settlement with Sony Pictures, and a written apology from the film's director, Eli Roth.

Born in Levoca, Slovakia, Martin spent his childhood traveling and living in several countries thanks to his father's life-long career as a diplomat and Ambassador for the Slovak Republic (formerly Czechoslovakia). In 1984, Martin Valko had the honor of meeting the late Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

He is married to a 5-time Olympian (2-time Olympic silver medalist) and World Champion swimmer Martina Moravcova Valko, and they reside in Dallas, Texas, with their daughter Karolina and son Michal. Martin is fluent in Slovak, Czech, and English, and conversant in Russian.


Recent Legal Publications and Articles:

Advanced Topics in Conditional Permanent Residence (I-751)  [Download the article in PDF]


Languages spoken: Russian, Spanish, Slovak, Czech

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    11 years



Fixed (always)

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  • Geoffrey Emerson Schorr

    I endorse this lawyer. I highly recommend Martin and the legal services his firm provides. I have known Martin for several years and have found him to be very passionate about the rights of his clients. Whenever I need advice or information regarding immigration issues, I always think to call Martin. I would recommend any friend, family member or client to Martin for legal help with immigration matters, unconditionally.


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  • Barry Sorrels

    I endorse this lawyer. Top Notch immigration attorney.


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Contact info

10830 N. Central Expressway, Suite 400
Dallas, TX, 75231

Chavez & Valko LLP

5555 Bridge Street
Suite 100
Forth Worth, TX, 76112

Chavez & Valko, LLP

4913 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Suite A
Baton Rouge, LA, 70816



DCActive 200405/24/2015
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200310/19/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Honorary Consul to the State of TexasForeign Ministry of the Slovak Republic2010 - Present
Managing PartnerChavez & Valko, LLP2007 - Present
Associate AttorneyLaw Offices of Joseph E. Ashmore, PC2005 - 2007
ShareholderLaw Office of Martin Valko2004 - 2005
Associate AttorneyVial, Hamilton, Koch & Knox, LLP2002 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Czech and Slovak Museum & LibraryBoard Member2015 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationCmte Member, AILA National SCOPS Liaison Committee2014 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationCmte Member, AILA National Field Operations Liaison Committee2013 - 2013
Consular Corps fo Dallas/Fort WorthVice Dean2010 - Present
World Affairs CouncilMember2009 - Present
Greater Dallas Chamber of CommerceMember2009 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2005 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
2012 AILA Annual National ConferenceGood For You, What About Me?: Treatment of Derivative Beneficiaries in the Nonimmigrant Context2012
University of Texas Conference on Immigration and Nationality LawExtreme Lawyering: Filing Waivers at Home and at Consulate Abroad2011
Texas Bar JournalTexas People2010
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Texas Chapter Fall ConferenceAdvanced Topics in Conditional Permanent Residence (I-751)2009
Texas Bar JournalTexas Lawyers Play a Part in 2008 Olympics2008
Sterling Institute Immigration CLE SeminarEmployers' Ethical Obligations - Immigration Law & Employer Compliance2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Comenius University in Bratislava, SlovakiaN/ABachelor of Law2005
Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of LawN/AMaster of Laws2004
Oklahoma City University School of LawLawJuris Doctor2002
University of Mary Hardin-BaylorPsychologyBS - Bachelor of Science1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
H-1B Presentation to Undergraduate Students at Southern Methodist UniversityH-1B Specialy Occupation Visas for Foreign Students2014
H-1B Presentation to Graduate Students at Southern Methodist UniversityH-1B Specialy Occupation Visas for Foreign Students2014
DFW-LINC Leading International Networking ClinicAlternatives to H-1B Classification for Graduating Students2014
H-1B Presentation to Undergraduate and Graduate Students at Southern Methodist UniversityH-1B Information Session at SMU2013
2012 AILA Annual National ConferenceSpeaker, Nonimmigrant Derivative Beneficiaries and Household Members2012
Human Resources Seminar (Part 2)Temporary and Permanent Work Visas2011
Human Resources Seminar (Part 1)Presenter, The I-9 Form: Employer's Compliance Responsibility2011
AILA AILA Spring 2011 Texas Chapter ConferenceConference Co-chair2011
35th Annual UTCLE Immigration Law ConferenceSpeaker, Waivers of Inadmissibility (I-601; I-212)2011
Career Panel & Networking SeriesImmigration Law2010
The Fort Worth Breakfast Club"Overview of the Immigration Laws"2009
AILA Fall 2009 Texas/Oklahoma/New Mexico Chapter ConferenceAdvanced Topics in Conditional Permanent Residence (I-751)2009
Presenter, "Know Your Rights" Videoseminar for respondentsRelief in removal proceedings2008
Federal, State, and Immigration Consequences of Family Violence ConvictionsFederal, State, and Immigration Consequences of Family Violence Convictions2008
Employment-based ImmigrationEmployers' Ethical Obligations2008
New "No-Match" Regulations: Employers on "Constructive" Notice that Employee May be Working Illegally and How To Avoid PFederal Compliance - I-9 and E-Verify2007