Ralph Hua

Email: ralphH@mhb.com

Practice Emphasis and Experience

Immigration Law

Ralph’s practice focuses on all aspects of immigration law. He handles a wide variety of cases including employment and family based petitions, humanitarian reliefs, and removal defense. He represents clients in appeals of adverse agency actions both at the agency level and at the federal court. Ralph also specializes in employer I-9 compliance. He advises employers in I-9 best practice; and represents them in defending I-9 audits and litigations at the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO).

Representative Cases 

  • Almanza-Arenas v. Lynch, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 22690(9th Cir. 2015) (on amicus brief representing American Immigration Lawyers Association, et al.): en banc court found California vehicle theft conviction is categorically not a crime involving moral turpitude.
  • July 18, 2013 Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) case in which the AAO found that the foreign national did not willfully participate in persecution of civilians during his military service.
  • United States v. Occupational Resource Management, 10 OCAHO no. 1166 (2013): I-9 litigation, which resulted a reduction of employer’s penalty amount by over 40% ($80,000).

Professional Involvement 

American Immigration Lawyers Association (Member)

King County Bar Association (Volunteer Immigration Lawyer)

Bar/Court Admissions 

Washington State Bar Association

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington


American University, LL.M.

Seattle University, J.D.

Nanjing University, B.A.


Mandarin speaker