John D. Hughes is a treasured member of Coates Frey Tanimoto & Gibson, AAL, LLLC. Before applying his professional skills in Hawaii, John was a successful lawyer in Texas. At our firm, his equally fruitful practice is concentrated in family law litigation including divorce, paternity, child custody and support, post decree enforcement and mediation.
John’s experience officially began in 1977 when he became a member of the State Bar of Texas and was licensed to practice law before all State Courts in Texas. In 1980, he became licensed to practice law before the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas. A decade later, he was licensed to practice law before the Western District of Texas and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He returned for another certification in 1992 for Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, which he held until 2004. In 2007, he became a member of the Hawaii State Bar.
John started working as a partner at Hughes & Hughes and was a partner again later at Messina & Hughes. While working at his practice, he also served as Assistant County Attorney for Hood County, Texas from 1978 to 1980. He went on to become the County Attorney for Hood County, Texas from 1981 until 1992.
John was a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, and Texas District and County Attorneys Association from 1978 until 1996.
John attended the University of Texas School of Law: Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution Basic Mediation Training in 2004 which gave him the skills he needed to act as a volunteer mediator at the Mediation Center of the Pacific from 2004 until 2006.
Finally, in 2007, John brought his legal skills to Hawaii.