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W. Charles Hughes

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Biography

W. Charles “Charlie” Hughes is Board Certified by the Florida Bar Association in the area of business litigation. Mr. Hughes also practices in the areas of general civil litigation, probate and estate litigation, real estate litigation, wrongful death and insurance litigation. A native Floridian, and a double Gator, Mr. Hughes was raised in Ft. Myers, Florida. Mr. Hughes attended the University of Florida, where he earned his undergraduate degree from the College of Journalism and Communications in 1998, and his Juris Doctor (with honors) in 2002.

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Throughout Mr. Hughes’s career he has handled a wide variety of cases and participated in many bench and jury trials in various civil practice areas. With his Florida Bar Business Litigation Board Certification, Mr. Hughes is a specialist in the area of business litigation, and has experience representing both small and large businesses in resolving their disputes.

Mr. Hughes is a member of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, the James C. Adkins, Jr. American Inn of Court and has served as a member of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee. Mr. Hughes also has an “AV” peer review rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is the highest rating available. He is admitted to practice before all Florida State Courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

While not at work, Mr. Hughes enjoys spending time and traveling with his wife, Ewa. He also is an avid Gator fan and attends many University of Florida sporting events.

Areas of Practice

BUSINESS AND COMMERCIAL MATTERS
  •  Breach of Contract & Contract Disputes
  •  Business Dissolution
  •  Shareholder/Derivative Actions
  •  Partnership Disputes
  •  Insurance Litigation
TRUSTS AND ESTATES
  •  Estate & Will Disputes
  •  Lack of Capacity
  •  Undue Influence
  •  Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  •  Trust Disputes
REAL ESTATE
  •  Land Use Disputes
  •  Boundary Disputes
  •  Residential and Commercial Lease Disputes
  •  Construction Defect
  •  Sale and Purchase Disputes
TORT
  •  Personal Injury 
  •  Wrongful Death
  •  Manufacturing Defect
  •  Inadequate/Defective Design, Motor Vehicles & Aircraft
  •  Agency Liability
  •  Sexual Abuse of Children by Catholic Priest
  •  Wrongful Death by Inadequate Supervision
  •  Premises Liability
  •  Airline/Trucking

Representative Matters

  • Mr. Siegel & Mr. Hughes obtained and collected a judgment after trial of nearly $500,000.00 for a founding partner who the court found was improperly ejected from a partnership.

Associations, Forums & Courts:

Florida Bar Board Certification as an expert in Business Litigation since 2011

Current Organizations include:

  • Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association

Former Memberships:

  • Eighth Circuit Florida Bar Grievance Committee
  • Gerald Bennett American Inn of Court

Honors and Distinctions

  • Florida Bar Board Certified as a Specialist in Business Litigation since 2011
  • Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory “AV” Preeminent rating
  • Named a 2019 & 2020 Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters

Bar Licensure and Court Admissions

  • Florida Bar Association, 2003
  • Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida since 2003
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida since 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit since 2006
  • United States Supreme Court since 2010

Education

  •  University of Florida, BS
  •  University of Florida, JD

Awards & Certifications

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