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John D. Hughes
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John D. Hughes; 1966 graduate of Punahou High School; graduate of Texas Christian University in 1971 (Bachelor of Arts, English); graduate of Baylor University in 1977 (Juris Doctor); member of Baylor Order of Barristers; licensed to practice law before all State Courts in Texas (1977), the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas (1980), Western District of Texas (1990) and Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (1990); member of the Hawaii State Bar, 2007; Board certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1992-2004 (inactive status); (former) member of Texas Trial Lawyers Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, Texas District and County Attorneys Association, 1978-1996; attended University of Texas School of Law: Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution Basic Mediation Training, 2004; College of the State Bar of Texas, 2003; volunteer mediator at the Mediation Center of the Pacific, 2004-2006; County Attorney for Hood County, Texas, 1981-1992; Assistant County Attorney for Hood County, Texas, 1978-1980, 19931996; partner Hughes & Hughes, 1977-1985; partner in Messina & Hughes, 1985-2004; member of the State Bar of Texas, 1977-present; (former) member of the Granbury Optimist Club; practice concentrating in Family Law litigation including divorce, paternity, child custody and support, postdecree enforcement and mediation.

Areas Of Practice

  • Divorce with Decency
  • Divorce & Separation
  • Alimony & Property Division
  • Spousal Abuse
  • Custody
  • Child Support Modification & Enforcement
  • Paternity
  • Guardianships
  • Pre-Marital Agreements
  • Mediation & Arbitration

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1990
  • Hawaii, 2007


  • Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
    • Juris Doctor - 1977
    • Honors: Order of Barristers
  • Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas
    • Bachelor of Arts, English - 1971
  • Punahou Schools
    • Graduate - 1966

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Hawai'i State Bar, Member, 2007

Past Employment Positions

  • Hood County, Texas, County Attorney, 00/1980 to 00/1992