David A. Hughes

Attorney in Atlanta, GA
David Hughes is a Shareholder in the Atlanta office of Jackson Lewis P.C. After gaining extensive trial experience at a small general practice firm during his first four years following law school, Mr. Hughes has been representing large and small businesses in labor and employment matters for the balance of his career.

Mr. Hughes has represented corporate clients in jury and bench trials throughout the country. Through trial and motion practice, Mr. Hughes has protected the interests of employers in all types of employment discrimination and harassment cases, actions arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), ERISA cases, and in various employment/agency contract and business disputes. Mr. Hughes's litigation experience includes a vast array of single plaintiff cases, as well as numerous multi-plaintiff cases and class/collective actions. Mr. Hughes also regularly collaborates with in-house counsel and human resources professionals, and advises them on day-to day issues encompassing all aspects of employment law, including state and federal discrimination statutes and application, wage and hour matters such as job classification and overtime pay, non-compete agreements and enforceability, ADA and FMLA compliance, mass layoff and related issues arising under state/federal WARN acts, and workplace safety. In addition, Mr. Hughes has effectively assisted clients in resolving numerous cases and claims in an expedient and cost-effective manner through mediation or otherwise, including claims brought by the EEOC and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Mr. Hughes has earned Martindale Hubbell's “AV” (highest) rating from his peers. Mr. Hughes has spoken to large audiences of attorneys and HR professionals on topics such as ADA/FMLA/ workers compensation interplay and recent trends and developments in 50-state employment law. He also provides training to smaller groups of managers or employees at the request of clients.

Mr. Hughes is a member of the American Bar Association (Litigation Section) and the Georgia, Tennessee and West Virginia Bar Associations. Mr. Hughes is licensed to practice in four states - Georgia, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Arkansas. Mr. Hughes also is admitted to numerous federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Georgia, the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Tennessee, the Southern District of West Virginia, the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, the Eastern District of Michigan, and the Northern District of Florida.

Mr. Hughes received his B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, his M.S. in Management from Troy University (while on active Air Force duty), and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University.

Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity
•“AV” preeminent rating for 14 consecutive years with Martindale-Hubbell
•U.S. Air Force, 1984-88, attained rank of Captain.

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Labor and EmploymentCivil Litigation
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Admission Details

Admitted in 1991, Tennessee
1992, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
1996, Arkansas
1997, Georgia
1997, U.S. District Courts, Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia
2002, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
2003, U.S. District Courts, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
2006, U.S. Supreme Court
2008, West Virginia
2008, U.S. District Courts, Southern District of Georgia, Eastern District of Michigan and Southern District of West Virginia
2012, U.S. District Courts, Northern District of Florida and Western District of Tennessee

Law School Attended

Vanderbilt University Law School
Class of 1991

University Attended

Vanderbilt University
Class of 1984
Mechanical Engineering

Troy University
Class of 1987

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David A. Hughes
 1155 Peachtree Street, N.E., Suite 1000,
Atlanta, GA 30309-3600


Jackson Lewis P.C. (Atlanta, Georgia)

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