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Haynes and Boone

Steven Malm

Steven Malm



  • Labor and Employment
  • Immigration

WSG Practice Industries


Haynes and Boone
California, U.S.A.

Steven Malm is counsel in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the Orange County office of Haynes and Boone, LLP, where he leads the Immigration Practice Group. Steven has vast experience representing small, mid-size, and Fortune 500 employers in a wide array of immigration and compliance matters.

Steven's practice of employment-based immigration law includes assisting employers in monitoring and maintaining the immigration status of their foreign workforces. He assists employers in sponsoring foreign workers for such nonimmigrant visas as H-1B specialty worker, L-1 intracompany transferee, and O-1 extraordinary ability visas, as well as other nonimmigrant classifications, and sponsorship for permanent residence through analogous green card categories and the PERM labor certification test of the U.S. labor market.

In addition, Steven counsels employers on compliance with I-9s and the prohibition against employment of unauthorized workers, as well as compliance with the anti-discrimination provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act ("INA").

Further, Steven has extensive background in other immigration law specialties including family-based immigration, immigration removal proceedings, naturalization proceedings, and the intersection of criminal and immigration law, which enables him to devise unique, creative, and holistic solutions for his corporate clients and their employees.

In recognition of Steven's experience in the field of immigration, he has been certified as an Immigration and Nationality Law Specialist by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. Certification requires satisfaction of a rigorous testing and peer review requirement, and only a small percentage of immigration practitioners hold this distinction.

Steven also takes pride in his litigation background and courtroom experience and his drive to vindicate his clients' rights and not take no for an answer when a case has been erroneously or unlawfully denied. He has successfully won the reversal of denials by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") and Department of Labor ("DOL") by litigating cases before Federal Courts and various administrative bodies.

In addition, Steven brings an international background to the practice of immigration law that makes him passionate about the subject and allows him to empathize with his clients. Steven grew up overseas in France and the UK as a "Third Culture Kid" and encountered some of the same global mobility challenges his clients face today. He is also an avid traveler who has lived in or visited over 50 countries, which helps him relate to his international clients.

Bar Admissions



J.D., University of Southern California, 2007
M.A., University of Southern California, 2007
B.A., University of Notre Dame, 2004
Areas of Practice

Immigration | International | Labor and Employment | Litigation | Mergers and Acquisitions

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