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John E. Hughes
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John E. Hughes
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John Hughes has been a trial lawyer in state and federal courts for more than 45 years, focusing primarily on civil litigation and appeals representing plaintiffs and defendants. He is a Registered Civil Mediator with an active mediation practice. His extensive trial experience involves business and commercial litigation including prosecution and defense of injunction actions. He has extensive experience in insurance coverage and first party claim litigation, the defense of employment and discrimination matters, and municipal law. His trial practice includes serious personal injury and wrongful death actions including medical malpractice and railroad liability. Mr. Hughes has been an adjunct professor at the Valparaiso University School of Law.

Areas Of Practice

  • Trial and Appellate Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 1971
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 1971
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1971
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1978
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1978


  • Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana
    • J.D. - 1971
    • Honors: With High Distinction
  • Capital University
    • B.A. - 1968

Published Works

  • Managing Fraudulent Use of Leave under the FMLA

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers, 2010 - 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2006 - 2020
  • Lake County Bar Association President's Award, 2011

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Lake County Bar Association, Co-Chair, Civil Litigation Section
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Lake County Bar Association, President, 2009
  • Porter County Bar Association

Pro Bono Activities

  • Christ Lutheran Church, Finance Board and Past Congregation President (3 terms)
  • Hillcrest Improvement Association, Board Member
  • Hilltop Neighborhood House, Past Board Member
  • Hilltop Community Health Center, Past Board Member


  • English