Joseph D. Hughes (Bakersfield, California)
Joseph D. Hughes (Bakersfield, California)

Joseph D. Hughes

Licensed for 23 years

Practice Area: Water and Public Agency Law

Awards
AV Preeminent

Joseph D. Hughes

Credit cards accepted, Fixed hourly rates, Fixed fees available

Serving Bakersfield, CA view address

Managing Partner at firm Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP

Serving Bakersfield, CA view address

Credit cards accepted, Fixed hourly rates, Fixed fees available

Awards AV Preeminent

About Joseph D. Hughes

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...

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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

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Areas of Law

  • Water and Public Agency Law

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Peer Reviews

  • 4.6/5.0 13 reviews
  • AV Preeminent
  • Legal Knowledge

    4.6/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

    4.7/5.0
  • Judgment

    4.7/5.0
  • Communication

    4.7/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    4.5/5.0
  • 5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 03/18/16 in Trust Litigation

    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 a... Read more

    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!

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 03/18/16 in Trusts and Estates

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      5.0/5.0
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      5.0/5.0
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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Principal on 03/11/16 in Estate Litigation

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 03/10/16 in Water Districts

    I really respect Joe... Read more

    I really respect Joe...

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 03/10/16 in Litigation

    I worked as an associate under Joe Hughes. He made me a great attorney. I grew so much under his wing. Read more

    I worked as an associate under Joe Hughes. He made me a great attorney. I grew so much under his wing.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Associate on 03/10/16 in Public Law

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      5.0/5.0
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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Associate on 03/10/16 in Water Law

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      5.0/5.0
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      5.0/5.0
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  • 4.8/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 03/21/16 in Probate Litigation

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      5.0/5.0
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      5.0/5.0
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      5.0/5.0
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  • 4.8/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 02/15/13 in Probate Litigation

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      5.0/5.0
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      5.0/5.0
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  • 4.8/5.0 by a Partner on 02/08/13 in Estate Administration

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      5.0/5.0
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Community Contributions

      Credentials

      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