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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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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
    9 years
  2. Personal Injury: 40%
    9 years



Retainer (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

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Contact info

Law Offices of Scott D. Hughes

620 Newport Center Drive
Suite 1100
Newport Beach, CA, 92660

620 Newport Center Drive
Suite 1100
Newport Beach, CA, 92660



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top AttorneyLos Angeles Magazine2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Certificate of AppreciationUnited States Olympic Committee2012
Client Rating: PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2011
College of Trial AdvocacyOrange County Bar Association2011
Client Rating: PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Law ClerkCorral, Muhar, Parish, & Arnett2006 - 2008
Law ClerkLaw Offices of Ronald R. Talmo2006 - 2008
Military PoliceUnited States Marine Corps1995 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Public Defenders AssociationMember2008 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionMember2007 - Present
Orange County Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
Consumer Attorney Association of Los AngelesMember2007 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. DanielsNot Guilty by Jury
People v. Rick R.Not Guilty by Jury
People v. JenkinsCase Dismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Word Association PublishersCalifornia DUI Handbook2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
State University of New York, AlbanyCriminologyMA - Masters2004
State University of New York, AlbanyEnglish and Criminal JusticeBA - Bachelor of Arts2003
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Before Accidents Happen; Insurance CoverageInsurance Coverage Litigation2012