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Steve Laxton

Steve Laxton is licensed in Wisconsin and Illinois, and has over 22 years of immigration law experience and more than 13 years of criminal defense experience.


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Attorney Laxton is certified to practice immigration law throughout the United States principally before the immigration courts in Chicago, IL and Bloomington, MN, as well as the Board of Immigration Appeals in Falls Church, VA.  He practices before the immigration service (USCIS) in Chicago, Milwaukee and Bloomington. He has appeared before Wisconsin State Courts in criminal law matters and post-conviction relief cases. 


Attorney Laxton is fluent in Spanish and has worked for nine years with the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago, Illinois, where he became a supervisory attorney.  He has directed the "Defenders Initiative", which advises criminal counsel, including Federal defenders, on the immigration consequences of pleas and the "Know Your Options" community outreach program in Chicago neighborhoods.  Attorney Laxton participated with Mayor Richard Daley’s outreach program against immigration fraud and was awarded Mayor Daley’s Leadership Scholarship at De Paul University School of Law in Chicago.

Attorney Laxton is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the National Immigration Project, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  He is a member of the federal trial bar of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Northern District of Illinois, and the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin. He has served as president of the Monroe County Bar Association and currently serves as a member of the Monroe County Ethics Board. 


Attorney Laxton has years of defending deportation cases before the immigration courts where he has an outstanding record of success. Further, he specializes in family-based immigration cases and has helped many hundreds of clients attain lawful permanent residence and citizenship in the U.S. 

Attorney Laxton oversees criminal defenses, specializing in cases in which immigration issues are at play. He also provides representation in post-conviction relief in the criminal law courts.

"Our experience with the Matousek & Laxton Law Office was great, they are very trust-worthy, professional, extremely reliable and tell you the things you need to know up front. When we started this process we had no idea what to expect. Steve Laxton is our attorney and he has always been there for us with any questions we had, he always made himself available.


We were scared of the cost as anyone would be, here they work with you.  You make a down payment and they will let you make payments on the rest!  Made the whole process much easier and it was one less thing to worry about. Thank you for all you have done for us, It is greatly appreciated. I always strongly recommend this office to our friends."

"My husband was under I.C.E. custody and we needed immediate legal assistance for his case. Attorney Steve Laxton was and continues to be a blessing in our lives. He was able to handle my husband’s difficult case in a very short period of time, and represented him in a very professional manner. The judge granted my husband relief and thanks to Steve’s hard work and dedication my husband was able to come back home to his family.


Steve is an exceptional attorney, whom without a doubt demonstrates sincere care and honesty. Despite his office being located in Sparta, Wisconsin he was always on time to all meetings and Court hearings held in Chicago, IL. I truly appreciate everything he has done for the well being of my family. He was able to keep us together and to this date he continues to assist us. I know I can count on him with advice on legal matters because he genuinely loves what he does and embraces moral ethic at its fullest. 


I will continue to refer my family and friends to Attorney Steve Laxton because he is truly one of a kind. He impacted my daughter’s life in such a positive way, that when she grows up she wants to be an amazing attorney such as Steve."

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