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DOUGLAS R. HUGHES is a Senior Associate with David J. Crouse & Associates, PLLC and has been a practicing attorney for more than 13 years. He joined the firm after nearly 10 years as a Deputy Prosecutor in Spokane County after having his own family law practice immediately after law school. While a prosecutor, Mr. Hughes was the first to charge and prosecute a case of human trafficking in Washington state. From 2009 to 2011, he was designated the Spokane County Auto Theft Task Force Prosecutor and was instrumental in the formation and funding of the task force. Mr. Hughes has litigated nearly 100 cases to jury trial, many to bench trial and is responsible for resolving hundreds more as well. His current practice consists of family law with a focus on child custody matters in both marriage and non-traditional family structures, especially those cases involving litigation and high-conflict situations. Mr. Hughes earned his undergraduate degree from Washington State University and his J.D. degree from the University of Oregon School of Law.


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Practice areas


  1. Child Custody: 80%
  2. Family: 10%
  3. Divorce: 5%
  4. Child Support: 5%



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  • Michael John Gainer

    I endorse this lawyer. I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Hughes and I have had several cases over the years and I've always found his representation of his clients to be superb. He is well respected in our community and is a zealous advocate for his clients. He and the attorneys of his firm adhere to the highest ethical standards and professionalism. I would highly recommend him and the attorneys at his firm - if I had a conflict. :) Even if I didn't, I would have no hesitation recommending him or the attorneys in his firm. I highly recommend anyone looking at the AVVO reviews to take them as simply one factor in evaluating possible attorneys. Ask friends and family in the community. However, consistent good reviews by peer attorneys and clients are very good signs.


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    I endorse Douglas. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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Contact info

David J. Crouse & Associates, PLLC

422 W. Riverside Ave.
Suite 920
Spokane, WA, 99201


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top LawyerSpokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2015
Client's Choice AwardAvvo2013
Best Of Media DemocracyPacific Northwest Inlander2012
Service AwardSpokane County Bar Association2011
Graduation Class SpeakerUniversity of Oregon School of Law2000
Paul Harris FellowRotary International2000
President's Honor RollWashington State University1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior AssociateDavid J. Crouse & Associates, PLLC2011 - Present
Attorney and Counselor at LawLaw Office of Douglas R. Hughes2000 - Present
ProfessorItt Corp.2008 - 2012
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneySpokane County Prosecuting Attorney's Office2002 - 2011
Legal InternLane County Legal Aid & Advocacy Center1999 - 2000
Torts TutorUniversity Of Oregon School Of Law1998 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Spokane County Bar Assn. Family Law SectionMember2011 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2011 - Present
1553PA Local - AFSCMEBoard Member2010 - 2010
1553PA Local - AFSCMESecretary2009 - 2009
1553PA Local - AFSCMESecretary2008 - 2008
1553PA Local - AFSCMETrustee2006 - 2006
1553PA Local - AFSCMETrustee2005 - 2005
1553PA Local - AFSCMEUnion2002 - 2011
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Spokane County Bar AssocianMember2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Sa*****Conviction and restitution order.
State v. Ma*****Conviction with aggravating factors and sentencing enhancements, along with restitution order
S****** v. M*****International child custody parenting order respecting rights of both parents.
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Publication nameTitleDate
National Business Institute SeminarNon-Traditional Family Structures and Paternity Law Update2013
DVDHandling Infractions2011
Wenatchee WorldCase Profile (by Jamie Adame)2008
Spokesman ReviewCase Profile (by Bill Morlin)2008
KHQ (Q6 News)Case Profile (KHQ)2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oregon School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Washington State UniversityEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLENon-Traditional Family Structures and Paternity Law Update2013
Criminal Law Hodgepodge CLEHandling Infractions2011
Spokane Police Academy TrainingApproaches and Techniques for Auto Theft Prosecution and Investigation2010
Law Enforcement (various)Stolen Vehicle Legal Update2009
Prosecutor's in Schools ProgramLife and The Law (various)2007