joined Arnold & Porter LLP on January 1, 2012, when the firms of Arnold & Porter and Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin PC combined.
Mr. Hughes is a partner in the firm's Litigation practice group, where he focuses on representing law firms and lawyers in complex litigation and legal ethics matters. He has tried and won numerous cases, including, recently, the defense of a national law firm and several of its individual partners in a case brought by the Chapter 7 trustee of a law firm that dissolved and filed for bankruptcy, in which the trustee was seeking profits, under Jewel v. Boxer, on matters that originated at the dissolved firm.
Mr. Hughes also represents technology and financial services companies, and businesses and executives in partnership dispute, unfair competition, and other commercial litigation matters. Mr. Hughes tried and won a four-week jury trial in Tampa, Florida for a California-based software company. He also was part of the trial team for the Oakland Raiders in a four-month jury trial in Sacramento, California resulting in a $34.2 million jury verdict for the Raiders.
Mr. Hughes has lectured on a variety of issues, including legal ethics, electronic discovery and evidence, and the use of technology in trial.
Prior to joining the firm, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Melvin Brunetti of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. During law school, Mr. Hughes was a member of the Hastings Law Journal
and a member of the Thurston Society. He was an extern to the Honorable Fern M. Smith of the United States District Court, Northern District of California.
Mr. Hughes was recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer in 2007 and is an AV-rated attorney, a peer-awarded honor given by Martindale-Hubbell. He was also honored by the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley with the Honorable Robert F. Peckham Award for his outstanding public interest litigation work.
- JD, Order of the Coif, UC Hastings College of the Law, 1996
- AB in Political Science, cum laude, University of California, Davis, 1993
- US District Court for the Central District of California
- US District Court for the Northern District of California
- US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit