Matthew Hughes guides businesses, individuals, and families through the U.S. immigration system.


Matthew represents global organizations moving talent and knowledge around the world, start-ups seeking a foothold in North America, families creating new lives in the United States, and more. Matthew’s practice includes, among other things, L-1 executives, managers, and specialized knowledge workers; E visa investors; STEM-focused H-1B employees; Green Cards; and U.S. naturalizations. Matthew is a specialist in tricky consular issues, visa interviews, and other matters that involve the U.S. Department of State. He speaks German fluently, as well as some Spanish and Nepali.


As a former American diplomat and consul who has moved his own family around the world multiple times, Matthew understands the importance of a trustworthy advisor. Before entering private practice, Matthew ran visa units for the U.S. Department of State in three countries (Immigrant Visa Unit, U.S. Embassy Kathmandu; Visa Unit, U.S. Embassy Belmopan; Visa Unit, U.S. Consulate General Munich) and received multiple awards for his work and leadership on many sensitive issues. Because of his experience, he has often been a speaker at American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (AILA) conferences on consular and visa matters.

Matthew has also served as a public defender and completed a clerkship in the Probate and Tax Division of the District of Columbia Superior Court.

Practice limited to U.S. immigration and nationality law. Admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania only. Not admitted in Oregon.


  • Pennsylvania


  • George Washington University Law School, J.D. 2006
  • Connecticut College, B.A. 1999