Key Experience

  • Concentrates her practice on immigration and international trade matters.


Maka Hutson regularly advises clients on various aspects of immigration and nationality law, including:

  • Employment visas
  • Permanent residency
  • Naturalization
  • I-9 compliance, including in mergers and acquisitions
  • Immigration-related internal investigations
  • Foreign national hiring practices
  • EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program
  • Visa issuance abroad
  • Waivers of inadmissibility
  • Family-based immigration petitions
  • Legislative and regulatory immigration policy proposals.

Representative Work

  • Counseling a major fast-food restaurant chain in a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation of its immigration-related hiring practices.
  • Obtaining approvals for several executives and persons of specialized knowledge transferring from an overseas office of a major investment fund to U.S. offices.
  • Counseling a major manufacturing company in an acquisition of a competitor and transfer of multiple foreign national employees, both on the equity and asset sides of the deal.
  • Conducting a comprehensive International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) compliance investigation into export and import practices of a major defense contractor.
  • Counseling foreign investors in actions to obtain discovery under Section 1782 and to enforce a foreign judgment in California.


Public Service and Affiliations