Brian Hughes was named a limited partner at the firm in May of 2018. He is a civil trial lawyer in the firm’s Taunton office, advocating for businesses and individuals in all state and federal courts in Massachusetts. He is also part of the firm’s education law team representing parents of students with special needs in Massachusetts. With more than a decade of legal experience, he is known as a skilled and analytical strategist who guides clients through the myriad laws and regulations to reach the best possible outcome.
- In 2017, while representing a large, regional financial institution, he received an award that included damages and attorneys fees totally close to six figures in a hotly-contested case involving two competing, family-owned businesses. The jury trial in New Bedford Superior Court reinforced that landlords cannot take the law into their own hands and act without legal process. “Self-help” is not allowed in Massachusetts (as it is in Rhode Island) and, in this case, was tantamount to theft. See more.
- In 2016, he successfully defended a local manufacturer in a discrimination suit where the client was accused of wrongful employment termination based on allegations of whistle-blower protections, age and disability discrimination. After a five-day jury trial, the court ruled in favor of the manufacturer, avoiding damages. The case involved highly disputed facts and passionate and emotional testimony. See more.
Over the years, Brian has litigated cases that include: business and construction disputes, real estate and landlord-tenant cases, discrimination matters, commercial loan disputes, commercial foreclosure and creditors’ rights, and bankruptcy matters. He has also protected his clients’ rights in dozens of construction disputes involving mechanics liens, avoiding litigation in most cases. He has successfully handled appeals in state and federal court and defended a banking client in a foreclosure matter involving an alleged due process violation before the US Supreme Court.
Brian was a member of several committees for the Town of Rockland. He is active in the Weymouth United Masonic Lodge, and received the Meritorious Service Certificate in 2009 from the Grand Lodge of Masons.
Articles & Publications:
“Supreme Court Expands Employment to Gay & Transgendered Employees” (June 2020) BRCSM Insights
“He Didn’t Mean To Do It: How the Law Treats Discipline for Students with Special Needs” (April 2018) BRCSM Insights
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Bar
United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States
United States Department of Veterans Affairs (accredited since 2012)
Bristol County Bar Association
Plymouth County Bar Association
Massachusetts Bar Association
Civic & Charitable Involvement:
Town of Rockland Capital Planning Committee, Chair (2017-18). Vice Chair (2016)
Town of Rockland Day Care Advisory Committee, Past Member
Town of Rockland Zoning Board of Appeals, Past Member
Town of Rockland 40R Smart Growth Overlay District By-Law Committee, Past Member
Willow Pond Condominium Board of Managers, Past Chair
Weymouth United Masonic Lodge, Past Master
Rockland Youth Lacrosse, Coach
Seton Hall University School of Law, 2002
University of Massachusetts, 1999