Leukocytes follow the well-defined steps of rolling, spreading, and crawling prior to diapedesis through endothelial cells (ECs). We found increased expression of DLC-1 in stiffness-associated diseases like atherosclerosis and pulmonary arterial hypertension. Depletion of DLC-1 in ECs cultured on stiff substrates drastically reduced cell stiffness and mimicked leukocyte transmigration kinetics observed for ECs cultured on soft substrates. Mechanistic studies revealed that DLC-1-depleted ECs or ECs cultured on soft substrates failed to recruit the actin-adaptor proteins filamin B, α-actinin-4, and cortactin to clustered ICAM-1, thereby preventing the ICAM-1 adhesome formation and impairing leukocyte spreading. This was rescued by overexpressing DLC-1, resulting in ICAM-1 adhesome stabilization and leukocyte spreading. Our results reveal an essential role for substrate stiffness-regulated endothelial DLC-1, independent of its GAP domain, in locally stabilizing the ICAM-1 adhesome to promote leukocyte spreading, essential for efficient leukocyte transendothelial migration.