Kari Konikowski Blackman is a senior attorney at Foster LLP in our Houston office. Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star, she works primarily in employment-based immigration, including I-9 and E-Verify compliance.
A graduate of the University of Houston Law Center with an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Kari served as a student attorney in the University of Houston Immigration Legal Aid Clinic and competed on the University of Houston’s award-winning Moot Court team.
Kari is a founding member of the State Bar of Texas Section on Immigration and Nationality Law and currently serves as “Vice President, Employment-Based Issues” for the Section. She 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.
Prior to joining the firm and receiving her law degree, Kari worked as a Business Development and Client Services associate at an international energy consulting firm.
Kari is licensed to practice in the State of Texas and is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and Katy Bar Association (KBA).
Why Did You Decide To Become An Immigration Attorney
I have always been driven by a need to make a difference in people’s lives. As an immigration attorney and first-generation American, I am motivated by the notion that helping someone today will influence generations to come. I like to think of it as my way to make a small yet impactful mark on history. Plus, the field of immigration law is exciting. It’s challenging and dynamic. Opportunities for advocacy are everywhere. The nature of the field keeps me passionate about learning and achieving outstanding results on behalf of clients. I wouldn’t have it any other way. – Kari Blackman
- October, 2018 – Presented on “Immigration Options for Domestic Employees” At the Houston Business and Estate Planning Council (HBEPC) luncheon in Houston, TX.
- June, 2018 – Session moderator at State Bar of Texas Annual Conference, Immigration & Nationality Law Section panel on “Legislative Updates & Proposed Rulemaking Under the Trump Administration.”
- May, 2018 – Faculty presenter for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) CLE session on “L-1 New Office and Extension Issues.”
- December, 2017 – Co-presented a webinar hosted by HR Houston on “The Broader Immigration Implications of Extreme Vetting and Buy American and Hire American.”
- May, 2017 – Co-presented “Alternatives for Foreign Workers Not Selected Under the H-1B Lottery” at the HR Houston Gulf Coast Symposium.
- Advanced Immigration Law Seminar (2010) “Strategies for Responding to Requests for Evidence on Nonimmigrant Worker Petitions”
- Law360 (March, 2017) 9th Circ. Legal Concerns Influence Trump’s New Travel Ban
- Workforce Magazine (October, 2016) 5 Ways to Manage the Workforce Immigration Process
- Travel Risk Management Newsletter (August, 2012) “Key Considerations for Sponsoring Foreign Workers in the United States”
- LexisNexis, Immigration Law and Procedure treatise, Chapter 2 (2012) “Nonimmigrant Classifications, Terms of Admission and Procedures”
- Immigration Daily “New M-274 Handbook for Employers Fills Gaps in Form I-9 Guidance”
- Texas Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2018)