Joseph D. Hughes

Joseph D. Hughes (Bakersfield, California)

Joseph D. Hughes

Attorney in Bakersfield, CA
Joseph D. Hughes is the managing partner at KDG and joined the firm in 2006. His practice concentrates in the areas of water law, public agency law, and trust litigation. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1993 after obtaining his law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law that same year. Hughes holds a B.A. degree from UC Santa Barbara.

Professional Experience

•Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP, 2006-Present
•Kern County Counsel, Bakersfield, Deputy County Counsel, 1994
•Kuhs, Parker & Hughes, Associate & Partner, 1995 - 2005

Published Works

• Jans v. Nelson 83 Cal.App.4th 848, 2000
•Schwartz v. Schwartz 167 Cal.App.4th 733, 2000
•Conservatorship of the Estate of Edde, 173 Cal.App.4th 883, 2009

Honors and Awards

•AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest designation, 2016

661-401-7755
Credit Cards Accepted
Client Rating N/A
Peer Rating 4.6 of 5

Areas of Law

Areas of Law
  • Water and Public Agency Law

Peer Reviews (13)

Peer Reviews (13)
AV Rated
4.6/5.0
Peer Rating
 
High Ethical Standard
Trust Litigation, Trusts and Estates, Estate Litigation, Water Districts, Litigation, Public Law, Water Law, Probate Litigation and Estate Administration
Areas of Practice
Legal Knowledge
Legal Knowledge
4.6/5
Analytical Capabilities
Analytical Capabilities
4.7/5
Judgment
Judgment
4.7/5
Communication Ability
Communication Ability
4.7/5
Legal Experience
Legal Experience
4.5/5
Peer Reviews (13)
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Managing Partner on 03/18/16
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Joe is one of the best attorneys I have ever worked with. He is extremely detailed oriented and has a tremendous understanding of the law. What separates Joe from other attorneys, however, is his practical approach to matters. He looks at matters from a real-world perspective and not just the minutia of the law. This really helps him relate well with his clients and also goes a long way with judges, which is why Joe has such a successful track record. I HIGHLY recommend Joe!
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Sole Practitioner on 03/18/16
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Principal on 03/11/16
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Partner on 03/10/16
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
I really respect Joe...
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Partner on 03/10/16
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
I worked as an associate under Joe Hughes. He made me a great attorney. I grew so much under his wing.
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Associate on 03/10/16
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Associate on 03/10/16
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
4.8/5.0 Posted by a Sole Practitioner on 03/21/16
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
4/5
4.8/5.0 Posted by a Sole Practitioner on 02/15/13
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
4/5
4.8/5.0 Posted by a Partner on 02/08/13
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
4/5
4.4/5.0 Posted by a Sole Practitioner on 03/10/16
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Legal Knowledge
4/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
4/5
Legal Experience
4/5
4.2/5.0 Posted by a Partner on 03/10/16
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Legal Knowledge
4/5
Analytical Capabilities
4/5
Judgment
4/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
4/5
4.0/5.0 Posted by a Managing Partner on 08/24/09
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Legal Knowledge
4/5
Analytical Capabilities
4/5
Judgment
4/5
Communication Ability
4/5
Legal Experience
4/5
*Individual reviews provided before 2009 are not displayed

Experience & Credentials

Firm Details
Position
Managing Partner
Admission Details
Admitted in 1993, California
Credit Cards Accepted
Additional Payment Information
Fixed Hourly Rates
Fixed Fees Available
Law School Attended
Santa Clara University School of Law
Class of 1993
Juris Doctor
University Attended
University of California at Santa Barbara
Class of 1990
Bachelor of Arts
Birth Information
Born in 1968
San Jose, California, March 18, 1968
Associations & Memberships

Professional Associations and Memberships
•General Counsel, Belridge Water Storage District, Lost Hills Water District, North of River Sanitary District, West Kern Water District
• Kern County Bar Association, Member, 2013 - Present, Board of Directors, 2014 - 2017, Probate & Estate Planning Section, President, 2009- 2010
• Kern County Law Library, Member of the Board of Trustees, 2000 - Present
• Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc., Member of the Board of Directors, 2000 - 2011
• Kern County Employees Retirement Association, Member of the Board of Trustees, 2004-2012, Chairman, 2009
• Judge Pro Tem, Small Claims, Kern County Superior Court, 2001 - 2004
• Kern County Superintendent of Schools Programs, Attorney Coach, South High School, Mock Trial Team, 1996 - 1998
• Associate Professor, California State University, Bakersfield, Wills and Probate, 2010 - 2012
• AYSO, Coach, U-6 and U-8

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Contact Information

Contact Information
Firm Address
Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP
4550 California Avenue, Second Floor,
Bakersfield, CA 93309
U.S.A.
Phone
661-401-7755
Fax
661.326.0418
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Office Information
Office Information
Joseph D. Hughes
Managing Partner
Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP
4550 California Avenue, Second Floor,
Bakersfield, CA 93309

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