Ann Badmus knows a little something about assimilation, having moved her practice from Delaware to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex more than 10 years ago. So it's no surprise she's carved out her niche helping hundreds of other people do the same thing, only on a much larger scale. Her law firm, Badmus Law Firm, focuses exclusively on immigration and citizenship law and has helped hundreds of people achieve their goals of becoming U.S. residents. Now, the Dallas Business Journal recognizes her work with one of its 2009 Outstanding Minority Business Owner awards.
“It's a great feeling to be acknowledged for all the hard work I've put in the last 15 years in building the firm, but I also get a lot of personal satisfaction out of what I do with or without an award,” says Badmus, who will be honored at the second-annual Minority Business Leader Awards luncheon on March 26. “Immigrating to the United States is a tremendous step for anyone and if we can help them achieve their dream and have the opportunity to contribute to this country, it's very fulfilling.”
Badmus has published numerous articles on immigration and is also the author of a well-received book, The Immigration Prescription: The Practical Guide to U.S. Immigration for Foreign Born Physicians, a step-by-step manual that shows foreign-born doctors how to legally practice medicine in the United States. Badmus estimates close to 75% of her business is working with other businesses; including helping companies comply with immigration employment verification rules, and working extensively with physicians, hospitals and universities on immigration matters.
She also works on family-based immigration cases; something she says is particularly close to her heart. “I come from an immigrant family. My mother is an immigrant from Korea and I have aunts and uncles whom my family helped bring over here,” says Badmus. “It's personal for me. My husband is originally from Nigeria. I went through the process with him, applying as my spouse, and that experience was one of the factors that made this what I wanted to do.”
Badmus began her law career at a corporate law firm in Wilmington, Delaware, after her graduation from the Widener University School of Law in 1989. She began her own practice in 1993, and while she continued to concentrate on business law, she began expanding her practice to include immigration law before focusing exclusively on Immigration and Nationality Law upon her move to Dallas in 1998. Badmus is licensed to practice in both Texas and Delaware.