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Marketa Lindt

Martika Lindt


The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) elected Marketa Lindt, an immigration attorney from Chicago, IL, as the association’s Treasurer for the 2015-2016 term.

Ms. Lindt is a partner at the Chicago office of Sidley Austin LLP, where she works with U.S. and multinational corporations to manage their business immigration visa programs to best attract and retain foreign national talent. She also leads her firm’s I-9 compliance practice, where she assists employers with implementing best practices for worker verification, advises companies on immigration-related issues in mergers and acquisitions, and defends companies in administrative and criminal immigration-related proceedings.

In addition to her work in representing U.S. companies, Ms. Lindt is actively engaged in AILA and other networks to advocate for change in our immigration laws to better serve U.S. employers and immigrant communities. Ms. Lindt has also worked for a number of years in AILA’s government liaison efforts to advocate for reasonable interpretations of the immigration laws. Most recently, she served as chair of AILA’s liaison committee on worksite enforcement, where she met with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the E-Verify unit and the Office of Special Counsel regarding worksite enforcement issues.

Ms. Lindt is a primary author of the immigration law and practice treatise Business Immigration Law (for both the Strategies for Employing Foreign Nationals and Forms and Filings volumes) and has also authored numerous articles for leading immigration texts, including AILA’s Guide to Worksite Enforcement and Compliance, the Guide to PERM Labor Certification, and numerous annual editions of the Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook. She has appeared a number of times on television, radio and print regarding developments in immigration law. She also serves as an adjunct professor at the Loyola University School of Law where she teaches a course on immigration worksite enforcement.

Beyond her service to her clients and the immigration bar, Ms. Lindt is committed to pro bono work and providing access to counsel for underserved immigrants. For a number of years, Marketa has served as a member of the Leadership Board of the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago and provides pro bono representation to refugees, asylees and immigrant survivors of domestic violence. She also serves in an advisory capacity to several Chicago-area cultural institutions and to organizations that provide assistance to underserved immigrant communities.

Business, E-Verify, Worksite Enforcement, Refugee, and Asylum

Recent Blog Posts:
Building on a Shared Moment of Community to Move Forward (AILA Leadership Blog, December 5, 2014)
Remembering Nelson Mandela and Working Toward a Better World (AILA Leadership Blog, December 9, 2013)

Selected Articles Quoting Ms. Lindt:
H-1B Fee Expiration May Be Short-Lived Win For IT Firms (Law360 (sub req’d), October 9, 2015)
Q&A With Sidley Austin's Marketa Lindt (Law360 (sub req’d), May 13, 2015)
Why Obama's executive action on immigration excluded parents of 'dreamers' (Washington Post, November 30, 2014)
Obama says law enforcement must be made fairer (Washington Post, November 25, 2014