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Celebrated Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer Evan Hughes is nationally recognized not only as the premier criminal defense attorney in the Philadelphia area, but also as one of the top criminal defense lawyers in the United States. He has received dozens of accolades and honors from fellow attorneys as well as awards from Super Lawyers and AVVO. Recently, Evan Hughes has been listed in the top 100 criminal defense lawyers by Newsweek. Evan Hughes enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a skilled trial lawyer and relentless advocate for his clients. Never shying away from tough and unpopular cases, Evan Hughes has obtained not-guilty verdicts in several high-profile cases including Commonwealth v. Hall and United States v. Awopetu.

Evan Hughes is a graduate of Drexel University where he majored in Finance and International Business. Following his undergraduate studies, Hughes worked at Deutsche Banc before attending Widener University School of Law. During law school, Hughes clerked for the Honorable Carol Engle Temin in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas and spent his last year of law school trying cases for the Philadelphia County District Attorney’s office.

Resulting from his strong analytical background, Hughes specializes in serious and complex criminal defense work, he has vast experience in cases of professional crime; murder and manslaughter; armed robbery; cases of a sexual nature; as well as cases involving police corruption, blackmail, kidnapping, and serious drug-related crime.

As a natural complement to his criminal defense practice, Evan Hughes, a criminal lawyer in Philadelphia, maintains a significant personal injury and civil rights practice that is focused primarily on catastrophic injury and police misconduct. Evan Hughes has obtained individual verdicts and settlements for his clients in excess of $5,000,000.

Many of his cases have received substantial national press coverage.


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Contact info

The Hughes Firm, LLC

1845 Walnut Street
Suite 932
Philadelphia, PA, 19103

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
    12 years
  2. White Collar Crime: 25%
    10 years



Hourly ($500-650/hour), Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Slade H. Mclaughlin

    Evan is a fighter. Skilled in both civil and criminal law, he is an up and coming member of the Philadelphia Bar, and will be one of the great ones!


    Slade Mclaughlin Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Sean Michael McDonough

    I have referred numerous cases/clients to Mr. Hughes, ranging from misdemeanors to serious felonies. In every instance, Mr. Hughes achieved amazing results, whereby no client served any jail time. In many instances he was able to have the charges dismissed, or in the event of a trial, found not guilty.


    Sean McDonough Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Top criminal defense attorneys in the United StatesNewsweek2012
memberJustinian Society of Lawyers2012
2011 Superlawyer list for criminal defense and civil rights.Super Lawyers2011
Ranked "excellent" two years straightAvvo2011
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalThe Hughes Firm, LLC2014 - Present
PartnerKrasner, Hughes, & Long, LLC2012 - 2014
FounderHughes Defense, LLC2006 - 2011
AttorneyQuinn & Quinn2005 - 2006
Defense LawyerRuthrauff & Sibick2004 - 2005
Certified Legal InternPhiladelphia District Attorney2003 - 2004
Summer AssociateCourt of Common Pleas2003 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2009 - Present
Justinian SocietyMember2007 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2006 - Present
Justinian SocietyMember2006 - Present
Philadelphia Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Commonwealth v. Brian HallNot Guilty
Commonwealth v. Raphael CalhounNot Guilty
Commonwealth v. Askia SaburAcquitted on all charges.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Philadelphia Bar AssociationMurder defendant admits punching child2014
Philadelphia InquirerJury has trouble agreeing2014
www.nbcphiladelphia.comPhilly Police beat Man bloddy on Tape2013
abclocal.comAskia Sabur acuitted in alleged assault of police officer2013
phillydeclaration.orgWith final testimony and closing arguments completed, Askia Sabur awaits verdict2013
NewsweekLeaders in criminal defense2012
CNN's Rick ListFalse charges against West Philadelphia man2011
Fox29Police procedure in Philadelphia2011
Daily NewsProbe launched in violent W. Phila. arrest2010
Daily NewsShe claims cops got rough with her2010
Fox29 PhiladelphiaShooting suspects found not guilty2010
Daily NewsPhilly Police Under Investigation for Assault Of Suspect2010
InquirerFamily accuses police of brutality during searc2010
Fox BostonAcquitted Man Speaks On Violent Arrest2009
NBC10North Philadelphia Man found not guilty in shooting2009
Fox29 PhiladelphiaCase of violent arrest goes to trial2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Widener University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Drexel UniversityBusiness AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Zysk TrialCriminal defense2014
nightly newsMan acquitted of assaulting police2013
Fox PhiladelphiaPolice Brutality2013
JFA ColitionSearch and Seizure2012
NBC10North Philadelphia Man found not guilty in shooting2011
Standing your ground in PA2nd Amendment Rights2010
Justice for Askia marchPolice misconduct in the19th district2010
Daily NewsPolice misconduct2010
CNN's Rick's ListPolice misconduct2010
CBS Evening NewsNot guilty in North Philadelphia Shooting2009