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Scott David Hughes

Criminal defense Attorney at Newport Beach, CA

5.0   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Not Eligible to Practice Law (Not Entitled) Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2023

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2023. See details

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Prior to attending law school, Mr. Hughes served his country as a Military Police Officer in the United States Marine Corps.  He received a Good Conduct Medal, numerous Letters of Accomodation and a Meritorious Mast. 

 

Mr. Hughes attended the prestiguous State University of New York at Albany for Criminology and obtained a Bachelor's Degree in both Criminal Justice and English Literature.  SUNY Albany is ranked 2nd in the Country for the field of Criminology.  He then went on to complete his Master's Degree in just one year on a scholarship. 

 

Mr. Hughes then attended and later graduated with Honors from Western State University College of Law in 2007.  He was the Managing Editor of the Western State Law Review for 2005, and Assistant Managing Editor of the Law Review in 2006.  Upon passing the California Bar Examination, he has practiced law in the areas of Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, and Criminal Defense.

 

Mr. Hughes has handled a broad array of litigation matters including civil rights and personal injury.  He also handles criminal defense cases and has extensive trial experience.  He regularly practices before Courts in Orange County and Los Angeles County.

 

 

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Law Offices of Scott D. Hughes
620 Newport Center Drive
Suite 1100
Newport Beach, CA, 92660
Scott David Hughes
620 Newport Center Drive
Suite 1100
Newport Beach, CA, 92660
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Posted by Mike | August 31, 2013
An excellent professional attorney
We live in another state and engaged Scott based on these reviews for our son's case. My experience with attorneys in the past has left a bad taste for the most part and so we had trepidation. Our experience with Scott was vastly different and positive in every way. He is quickly responsive to queries. This is in marked contrast to our past experience and was such a relief to our anxiety. He is highly professional and gave our son SOLID professional advice guiding him through the process. He has even answered questions and gone above and beyond to find us information six months after the case was closed. We highly recommend him with no reservations.
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Posted by anonymous | September 5, 2012
Awesome Attorney!!!
Scott is one of the best attorneys OC has to offer... I am grateful that he got my case dismissed and now I can move on with my life and put this in my past. I really appreciate what you have done for me =)
Posted by Karen | June 30, 2012
Thank you!
Thank you for your help in my auto accident case! The insurance company was not going to pay but you got us a nice settlement!
Posted by Robert | April 22, 2011
Genuine
Attorney Scott Hughes is the best at what he does, which is protecting an individual’s legal rights. He exudes several great qualities. For one, he was genuine in his legal representation and treated me with much respect. Secondly, he resolved my case quickly and painlessly. Thank you for all your hard work! I’ll be calling you again should I need an attorney.
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Posted by Ron | April 16, 2011
Very trustworthy and reliable
Very trustworthy and reliable. Kept me informed all the time.
Posted by Dennis | April 16, 2011
Wonderful
Mr. Hughes was wonderful. He always answered all my questions and left me with hope. He worked very hard and we were thrilled with the outcome of our case. We will always be grateful.
Posted by Shawn | January 20, 2011
Great Attorney
Mr. Hughes provided excellent service to me. He was very attentive and concerned about all the details of my case. He immediately took control of the situation and work incredibly hard to bring all legal matters to an end quickly. During this process I witnessed that he had a commanding knowledge of the law and of court procedures. I recommend him to anyone who needs an attorney with a high level of professionalism that works hard to resolve cases quickly
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Posted by Frank | December 4, 2010
Best Attorney in Orange County, California
Scott Hughes was very professional and has the highest integrity. He resolved our dispute very quickly and efficiently. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who needs a lawyer.
Posted by Casey | November 16, 2009
Case dismissed
I came to Scott after speaking with four other attorneys, three of which told me I was looking at eighteen months in jail and several thousand dollars in fines, the fourth told me i was going to do twelve months. Immediately Scott had a completely different perception of my case, my defense was no longer about minimizing the time in jail that i was going to do, but about showing that I wasn't guilty of what I was being charged with. After all was said and done Scott was able to prove that the prosecution had no relevant evidence to support their charges and had my case dismissed. Scott saved me. I whole heatedly and strongly recommend him to anybody that needs an attorney.
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Posted by Bryan | November 9, 2009
For Scott
Dear Scott, Over one year ago, in one night and a brief moment my life changed. I never expected or could ever be prepared to face what was to come. I was arrested twice (once with an IV in my arm from a bum knee surgery where I contracted a serious case of Cellulitous) with double felony charges of assault and attempted murder, and the treat of up to six years imprisonment. For one year, I was in purgatory, a victim of the judicial system and felt as though no one believed me. This last year has, by far been the most difficult year of my life. There was no way I could have survived without the support of my family, friends and legal advisers. Scott, I can’t express in words what you have done for me. You did the impossible … by reducing my charges to self-defense misdemeanor with three years’ probation and the charges expunged after one and a half years. The professional manner in which you conducted the negotiations was exceptional. I couldn’t have asked for a better representation. You gave me my life back and for that I will be forever thankful. Bryan Bowden
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2023.

Interim suspension after conviction issued in CA, 2023
updated on 01/30/2024

This means the attorney temporarily lost his or her license to practice law while the State investigates whether the attorney should be disciplined. The suspension typically expires when the investigation is resolved.

Work Experience

  • Law Clerk
  • Corral, Muhar, Parish, & Arnett
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Offices of Ronald R. Talmo
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Military Police
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1995 - 1999

Education

  • Western State University College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • State University of New York, Albany
  • Master of Arts
  • 2004
  • State University of New York, Albany
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • McCrary v. Mitchell
  • $5,900,000
  • Olsen v. California
  • $600,000
  • Shirey v. Los Angeles
  • Reinstated with backpay
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Associations

  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyers Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Top Attorney
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • United States Olympic Committee
  • 2012
  • Client Rating: Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • College of Trial Advocacy
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • 2011
  • Client Rating: Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Before Accidents Happen; Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (30)
Endorse Scott
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Over the last few years, I have developed a professional friendship with Scott. Through this, I continue to be impressed by this work ethic, professionalism, and great attitude. He works endlessly for his client and achieves the best possible result for them. Use Scott with confidence."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Scott. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is an excellent lawyer. I constantly go to him for advice and he is valuable asset to the defense community. He's been there for me more than a few times and fights hard for his clients"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Hughes is well-versed in criminal defense and is dedicated to his clients' cases. I endorse his professionalism."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Scott for many years. I trust him to handle my practice while I am traveling. Scott is bright, efficient and dedicated to his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have been practicing criminal defense in Southern California for nearly twenty years. During that time I have been lucky to interact with Mr. Hughes on many occasions. I am continually impressed with his courtroom abilitiies, his knowledge of the law, and the handling of his cases. Whether a case needs to go to trial, or needs a resolution in some other fashion, anyone with a criminal issue would be lucky to have Scott Hughes as his lawyer. It is without reservation that I recommend him."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Friend
"Scott Hughes is a great litigator who works very hard to achieve the goals of his clients. He is ethical and he creates innovative strategies and tactics to prepare for and win cases. I am confident when I refer cases to Scott that he will do a great job."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Hughes, is a highly skilled attorney who knows how to handle criminal defense matters, competently, professionally, and in a diligent matter. Enjoyed working with Attorney Hughes and look forward to working with him again in the future."
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Newport Beach Criminal defense Lawyer Scott David Hughes
Scott David Hughes
Criminal defense Attorney
Newport Beach, CA
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2023. See details