Defense Experience

When you hire a lawyer to work on your case, I think it is important that you hire someone with notable experience. You don't want a new lawyer handling a case that could have a lasting impact on your future. Instead, you should hire someone with intimate knowledge of trial law who can approach your case with complete confidence.

Education and Previous Law Experience

Prior to establishing Hughes Law, PLLC, I worked at the following law firms:

  • Matovich, Keller and Murphy, P.C., Billings, Montana
  • Hedger, Friend, P.L.L.C., Billings, Montana
  • United States Attorney's Office, Missoula, Montana

While working for these firms, I argued cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. I also had the opportunity to brief numerous appeals to the Montana Supreme Court.

Other Legal Experience and Volunteer Work

Today, I am primarily a litigation attorney at Hughes Law, PLLC, though I do contract title opinions for another law firm. In the past, I have served as outside counsel for the BNSF Railway, a busy litigation practice which defends against the Federal Employer Liability claims. I have been involved in at least one multi-day jury trial at with the BNSF Railway each year.

I also work as a Billings Municipal Court Judge Pro Tem, where I preside over arraignments, changes of plea, petitions for orders of protection, and misdemeanor trials. I also use my legal skills to help those in need in my community. I am a volunteer at the Yellowstone CASA as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. At this organization, I represent abused and neglected children and work with social workers, teachers, parents, and others involved in the children's lives to help protect the young ones. I prepare reports of the court and present live testimony to help these children get the assistance they need.

Rare Combination of Qualifications

My entire family has worked on the railroads. I have family members that have worked as construction workers and others who are conductors. I know an extensive amount about railroad law, so I am very adept at handling these cases. I also have a unique knowledge of oil, gas and mineral rights and often review contracts that are used in these industries.

My experience in the field of oil and gas involves examining title and advising clients about mineral and property ownership, preparing curative documents, and pursuing other quiet title remedies. I also have practice researching and interpreting operating agreements to ensure compliance or determine whether a breach of the agreement has occurred.

If you need assistance in a personal injury, railroad, or oil, gas and mineral rights case, I can help. Don't hesitate to call Hughes Law, PLLC today for a free case evaluation!