Education & Honors

University of Chicago Law School, 2004, J.D., with High Honors

Order of the Coif

University of Chicago Law Review

James Nelson Raymond Merit Scholarship

Wake Forest University, 1996, B.A., summa cum laude

Phi Beta Kappa

Presidential Scholar for Academics and Debate

Intercollegiate Debate Team:  winner of the 1995 Rex-Copeland Award for the top-ranked debate team nationwide; semifinalist at the 1995 Intercollegiate National Debate Tournament

Government service

Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable Clarence Thomas, United States Supreme Court, 2005-2006

Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable J. Michael Luttig, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2004-2005

Awards & Recognition

Recognized by Law Week Colorado as one of the "Compleat Lawyers" for 2010

Recognized as one of Colorado's "Rising Stars", Colorado SuperLawyers, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014

Featured in the September 2007 Edition of the American Lawyer

Bar admissions

Colorado 

John M. Hughes

Denver Office
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Professional Practice

John Hughes has been with Bartlit Beck since 2006, and as a partner since 2010. John has significant trial experience in high-stakes cases in both state and federal court. Since joining Bartlit Beck, John has spent over 100 days in the courtroom, examining witnesses, arguing motions, selecting juries and delivering opening statements and closing arguments. Most recently, John was co-lead counsel in a $50 million damages-only breach of contract trial in Colorado for Tyco. John and his colleagues won a major victory for Tyco, holding damages to roughly 10% of what plaintiffs were seeking by convincing the jury to award the damages number sponsored by the defense.   

John also has significant experience preparing cases for trial. He has taken over 150 depositions, briefed and argued dispositive motions, and worked with dozens of experts in disciplines ranging from structured finance to polymer chemistry to genetically modified crops to accounting and auditing standards.

Prior to joining Bartlit Beck, John clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas on the United States Supreme Court and Judge J. Michael Luttig on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Cases tried or otherwise taken to judgment

Core-Mark v. Sonitrol (Adams Cty, Colo.)
Co-lead trial counsel for defendant Sonitrol, former subsidiary of Tyco, International, in one-week damages-only trial where plaintiffs were seeking over $50 million in damages because Sonitrol willfully and wantonly breached its burglar-alarm monitoring contract by failing to detect three burglars in plaintiffs’ warehouse who looted the warehouse and eventually lit fires that ultimately destroyed the warehouse. The jury awarded plaintiffs the damages number sponsored by Sonitrol, which was roughly 10% of what plaintiffs were seeking and included no fire-related damages.

Riceland Foods v. Bayer, et al. (Arkansas Circuit Court, Arkansas County)
Second chair (Phil Beck was first chair) in a four week jury trial in state court in Stuttgart, Arkansas in which Riceland Foods, the country’s largest rice mill, sued Bayer Crop Science for damages due to the contamination of the nation’s rice supply by Bayer’s experimental genetically modified rice. Riceland sought $390 million in actual damages, plus punitive damages. Judgment for Riceland for $12.9 million. Case settled on appeal.

In Re Genetically Modified Rice Litigation (United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri)
National trial counsel for Bayer CropScience LP in multi-district and state court litigation concerning the alleged presence of genetically engineered rice in commercial rice shipments. Member of two trial teams that tried cases to verdict.

City of Milwaukee v. NL Industries (Circuit Court of Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Member of the trial team that represented NL in jury trial to declare lead paint throughout Milwaukee to be a public nuisance and to hold NL liable for costs of the city’s childhood lead poisoning program.  NL, the former National Lead Company, was alleged to have been the largest U.S. producer of lead pigment in the 20th century.  Complete defense verdict for NL in May-June 2007.

City of Milwaukee v. NL Industries (Wisconsin Court of Appeals)
Briefed and argued NL’s defense of the jury’s verdict before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.  In November 2008 the Court affirmed the verdict, finding that “the evidence reflected that the nuisance was unknown to NL Industries until after its conduct had ceased.” 

In Re Teflon® Products Liability Litigation (United States District Court, Southern District of Iowa)
Counsel for DuPont in more than 15 alleged intrastate class actions brought on behalf of consumers who purchased Teflon®-coated cookware.  The cases have been consolidated for pretrial proceedings pursuant to an order of the panel on multidistrict litigation.  The district court denied plaintiffs’ motion to certify a class action.

Other representative cases

Deutsche Bank AG v. Deloitte & Touche LLP; Neil F. Luria v. Deloitte & Touche LLP; Ocala Funding, LLC v. Deloitte & Touche LLP (Circuit Court, Miami-Dade County, Florida)
National lead trial counsel representing Deloitte & Touche in a multi-billion dollar accounting malpractice case concerning the failure of Taylor Bean & Whitaker, formerly one of the largest mortgage origination companies in the nation.

Confidential Arbitration
Lead trial counsel for plaintiff in a confidential patent infringement arbitration.

LaPlant v. The Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company (Mil. Cty Ct.., E.D. Wis. 2011-present)
Trial counsel for defendant Northwestern Mutual in putative class action alleging breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duties in connection with certain Northwestern Mutual annuity products. Recently won appeal regarding application of the Class Action Fairness Act in the Seventh Circuit. Plaintiff is currently seeking class certification in the federal district court.

In Re Metropolitan Securities Litigation (United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington)
Representing Ernst & Young in federal securities class action concerning the collapse of Metropolitan Mortgage & Securities Co., a $2 billion investment, real estate and insurance conglomerate.  Plaintiffs’ allege accountants’ negligence relating to audit work.

Tandberg Data Corp. v. Hewlett-Packard Company (U.S. District Court, Colorado)
Represented defendant and counterclaim plaintiff HP in patent infringement action relating to data storage technology.  Action settled prior to trial.  

Data Network Storage Corp. v. Hewlett-Packard Company (United States District Court, Northern District of Texas)
Represented HP in a patent infringement action relating to data storage technology.  Action settled prior to trial.

Edge Capture v. Citadel Investment Group (United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois)
Represented Citadel in patent infringement matter involving patents related to automated trading systems in electronic exchanges.  Case settled before trial.

Big Wins