Kari Konikowski Blackman is a Senior Associate in Houston, TX. She works primarily in employment-based immigration, including I-9 and E-verify compliance.

She is a founding member of the State Bar of Texas Section on Immigration and Nationality Law and served as the Vice President, Employment-based Issues for the Section. Mrs. Blackman regularly speaks on matters related to corporate immigration law and I-9 compliance. She has contributed to the Immigration Law and Procedure treatise, published nationally, and has authored articles related to The Trump Administration’s travel ban, I-9 compliance and strategies for responding to Requests for Evidence for nonimmigrant visa petitions. Mrs. Blackman received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.

Education & Admissions

University of Houston Law School, Juris Doctorate
University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Science in Corporate Communication
Admitted to: State Bar of Texas


American Immigration Lawyers Association
Katy Bar Association
Vice President, Employment Based Issues, State Bar of Texas Section on Immigration and Nationality Law, 2017-2019


Best Lawyers 2019-2020
Super Lawyers Rising Star by Thomson Reuters 2018-2019

Professional Accomplishments

Speaker, December 2020, AILA CLE Web Seminar, will serve as Faculty presenter, “DOL Audits of Public Access Files: Compliance Tips and Trends”
Speaker, September 2020, served as co-presenter for Worldwide ERC Learning webinar, “Adapting to the New Reality: Tips for Immigration Professionals”
Speaker, November 2019, served as panelist at AILA Texas Chapter Fall Conference, “ I-9, E-Verify, SSA No-Match, and Worksite”
Speaker, October 2019, presented to the Forum Expatriate Management (FEM) Austin Chapter meeting, “US Immigration Briefing: How a Dynamic Policy Environment is Impacting Employers and Employees Alike”
Speaker, October 2018, presented at the Houston Business and Estate Planning Council monthly meeting, “Immigration Options for Domestic Employees”
Speaker, June 2018, State Bar of Texas Annual Conference, moderated a panel, “Legislative Updates & Proposed Rulemaking under the Trump Administration”
Speaker, May 2018, AILA CLE Web Seminar, served as Faculty presenter, “L-1 New Office and Extension Issues”
Speaker, May 2017, HR Houston Gulf Coast Symposium, co-presented at “Alternatives for Foreign Workers Not Selected under the H-1B Cap”
Author, March 2017, Law360, “9th Circ. Legal Concerns Influence Trump’s New Travel Ban”
Author, October 2016, Workforce Magazine, “5 Ways to Manage the Workforce Immigration Process”
Author, August 2012, Travel Risk Management Newsletter, “Key Considerations for Sponsoring Foreign Workers in the United States”
Author, 2012, Immigration Law and Procedure Treatise, Chapter 2, “Nonimmigrant Classifications, Terms of Admission and Procedures”
Author, 2011, Immigration Daily, “New M-274 Handbook for Employers Fills Gaps in Form I-9 Guidance”
Author, 2010, Advanced Immigration Law Seminar, “Strategies for Responding to Requests for Evidence on Nonimmigrant Worker Petitions”