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Katie's practice is concentrated in the areas of tax, trust and estate matters with an emphasis in estate planning, trust and probate administration, and estate and gift taxation.  Her practice also includes estate and trust litigation, guardianships and conservatorships. 

Before joining Albrecht & Barney, Katie practiced law at the law firm of Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. Katie also previously worked as a senior tax consultant at Deloitte Tax L.L.P. and tax associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers L.L.P.

Katie was recognized by Southern California SuperLawyer Magazine in 2008 as a "Rising Star" in the field of Estate Planning and Probate.  Katie was also awarded the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services by the State Bar of California in 2010 for her legal services to the poor.  Katie is frequent speaker to legal and community organizations in the areas of estate planning, trust and probate.


In addition to her legal work, Katie serves on the Board of Directors of Women Helping Women, an Orange County non-profit dedicated to providing business apparel, image consulting and employment search support to low-income men and women to assist them in attaining and sustaining employment.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 50%
    12 years
  2. Trusts: 25%
    12 years
  3. Probate: 25%
    12 years



Hourly ($425/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (45 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Laurie Gormican Rowen

    Katie Hughes is an excellent lawyer. She has amazing credentials and her LLM in tax provides her with the knowledge to assist all type of clients with wills, trusts, and estate planning. I highly recommend her.


    Laurie Rowen Litigation Attorney
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Contact info

Albrecht & Barney

1 Park Plaza, Suite 900
Irvine, CA, 92614


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Specialist - Estate Planning, Trust & Probate LawState Bar of California2015
Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal ServicesState Bar of California2010
Rising StarCalifornia SuperLawyer Magazine2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerAlbrecht & Barney2011 - Present
PrincipalKatherine J. Hughes, P.C.2010 - 2011
AttorneySnell & Wilmer L.L.P Law Offices2005 - 2009
Senior Tax ConsultantDeloitte Tax LLP2003 - 2005
Tax AssociatePricewaterhouseCoopers LLP1998 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
WHW (Women Helping Women/Men2Work)Past President, Board of Directors2011 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2002 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
National Business Institute SeminarClosing the Estate and Other Issues2011
National Business Institute SeminarManaging the Estate Effectively2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Diego School of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws2003
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Texas A&M UniversityAnthropologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Wills and Trusts ClinicUnderstanding Estate Planning2011
Norman P. Murray Senior Center Speaker SeriesEstate Planning Basics2011
National Business InstituteThe Probate Process from A to Z2011
Its Your Estate WorkshopRetirement Plan Distributions2011
Florence Sylvester Senior Center Speaker SeriesEstate Planning Basics2011
National Business InstituteThe Probate Process from Start to Finish2010
Legacy Society LuncheonEstate Planning and Charitable Giving2010
Florence Sylvester Senior Center Seminar SeriesEstate Planning Basics2010
Money and MojitosFinancial and Estate Planning Tips2009
Continuing Education of the BarFundamentals of Estate Planning2008