Practice & Background
Maka Hutson’s practice covers a variety of international trade, immigration, and litigation matters.
Ms. Hutson frequently advises clients on various aspects of immigration and nationality law, including employment visas, permanent residency, naturalization, employment portability, EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, visa issuance abroad, waivers of inadmissibility, family-based petitions, I-9 audits, immigration-related hiring practices, legislative and regulatory proposals, and U.S. policy on admission of refugees.
Ms. Hutson also counsels clients on U.S. laws and policies affecting international trade and business, including customs and import control laws and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
Ms. Hutson’s recent engagements include:
- representing businesses and individuals before the Department of Homeland Security, Department of State and Department of Labor in employment-based visa petitions, including H-1B, L-1, O-1, EB-1, etc.
- representing individual investors before the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State in EB-5 Immigrant Investor petitions
- representing a major fast-food restaurant chain in a DOJ investigation of its immigration-related hiring practices
- conducting a comprehensive ITAR compliance investigation into export and import practices of a major defense contractor
- representing a foreign investor in a real estate dispute involving multiple properties in various jurisdictions
- representing foreign investors in actions to obtain discovery under Section 1782 and to enforce a foreign judgment in California
- advising a U.A.E.-based construction company on a contract dispute with a U.S. entertainment company
Additionally. Ms. Hutson is active in the firm’s pro bono practice and has handled multiple asylum and VAWA cases. She has also represented clients in impact litigation under the Torture Victims Protection Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. She received the 2013 Washington, DC Pro Bono Associate of the Year award and the 2016 Pro Bono Litigation Matter of the Year award in recognition of these achievements. Ms. Hutson serves on the Los Angeles pro bono committee.
Ms. Hutson received her J.D. with honors in 2011 from the University of Texas School of Law where she served as executive editor of the Texas International Law Journal, as well as a teaching assistant in contract law and legal writing. While attending law school, Ms. Hutson represented clients as a student attorney in the Immigration Clinic and won a case in Immigration Court.
Prior to law school, Ms. Hutson worked as a program coordinator at the University of Texas at Austin advising international students and faculty on immigration and tax matters. She was a member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators and served as a liaison with the Department of Homeland Security, Department of State and Social Security Administration. She is currently a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and serves as a liaison for the AILA Southern California Chapter with the national organization.
- Presenter, “Impact of the Trump Administration's Immigration Policies on the Life Sciences Sector," Akin Gump hosted webinar in connection with CLSA's Corporate Counsel Committee, June 8, 2017