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Colin Francis McHugh

Employment and labor Attorney at Vancouver, WA

5.0   8 reviews

also known as Colin F. McHugh

  • State Years
    Oregon - OR 2 years
    Washington - WA 9 years
  • Licensed for 2 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2021
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2014
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Colin

Learn Colin’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    Employment discrimination, hostile work environment, FMLA, MSHA retaliation, wrongful termination, non-compete clauses, retaliation, employment contracts, non-competes, severance negotiations.

    9 years, 400 cases

  2. Sexual harassment
    Sexual harassment claims, gender discrimination, hostile work environment.

    9 years

  3. Personal injury
    Car crashes, dog bites, motorcycle accidents, wrongful death, boat accidents, truck accidents.

    9 years, 6 cases

After spending time in many corners of the world, Mr. McHugh landed in Vancouver, Washington with a special affinity for Latin America. This connection with the region and its people led him to earn his Master’s degree in Latin America and International Law from the University of Texas School of Law. Since beginning his practice, Mr. McHugh has represented clients in many types of employment cases including severance negotiations, employment discrimination, wage and hour disputes, and more for both employees and employers. He also has experience in many types of business litigation, construction litigation, traffic infractions, and civil litigation matters. His breadth of experience makes him a compassionate counselor and a fierce advocate in the courtroom.

Colin enjoys traveling in Latin America, playing music in a band, photography, and anything involving the outdoors in the summertime with his partner Em, and his shiba inu, Banks.

*Se habla español*

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Contact Colin

McHugh Law, PLLC
1207 Washington Street, Ste. 225
Vancouver, WA, 98660


5.0 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
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Posted by Darren | September 29, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney Providing Phenomenal Results
I hired Colin two different times due to previous employers trying to keep my commissions after I resigned. Colin was extremely knowledgeable and his communication was prompt and thorough. I was blow away each time I read his response to the opposing counsel. Both times I worked with Colin I received my desired outcome without having to drag the process out and unnecessarily go to trial. I would definitely hire Colin again and would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking to swiftly win their case.
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Posted by Gina | September 8, 2021
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Knowledgeable with non-competes
I hired Mr. Mchugh to assist me in reviewing a very restrictive non-compete that I was under, not only did he take the time to thoroughly review the contract, he was able to assist me with insight and understanding of the legal terms in the agreement.
Posted by Jessica | June 5, 2020
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Most Appreciative
My fiance and I were in a pretty bad car accident last summer, and Colin and his team we're right there beside us from day one. They were extremely knowledgeable, always available at a moment's notice and genuinely seemed to have our best interest in mind. Colin and his team always took the time to thoroughly explain everything to us and address any questions or concerns we had whenever they arose.  I can honestly say that I am beyond grateful for Colin and his team and would highly recommend their services to anyone in need of a personal injury lawyer.
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Posted by Nathan | May 14, 2020
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Coliin McHugh represented us through an auto accident.
Last August we were in a disabled vehicle on the side of the freeway (waiting for a tow truck) and were struck by an intoxicated driver. This was an incredibly scary and overwhelming experience. Colin was very attentive and helpful throughout the entire process. He answered all of my questions and explained step by step how we would get through. I will use Colin for any future needs and would absolutely recommend him.
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Posted by Erik | April 25, 2020
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An Excellent Lawyer
Colin has helped me out a few times over the last few years. The first time was with getting my business up and going and the latest was with a personal injury claim stemming from an auto accident. He has been very helpful in all aspects of the process. He is by far the easiest to talk to of all the lawyers I have ever dealt with. He takes time to understand you and your needs and then explains the process so you can understand it. I would highly recommend Colin to anyone needing legal help.
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Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2020
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Highly Competent & Passionate Attorney
I had initial meetings with 8 different attorneys. My understanding of employment law is virtually nil — So I decided to select my attorney based upon this criterion: who shows the most interest/passion for my case. Naturally, Colin was highly competent; though, his passion for my case and his appreciation for our strategy sessions is what really set him apart. Highly recommended!
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Posted by Alisa | August 27, 2017
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5 starts from RN
Colin was a great help in getting me back to work after time off from an accident! He was attentive to the issues and didn't give any run around with legal talk. He was very accessible and quick in getting back to questions. I followed his advice and received the outcome I was hoping for. Definitely NOT the typical lawyer experience; I have great confidence in recommending him for employment and labor law issues.
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Posted by Laura | August 27, 2015
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Colin Francis McHugh; My Employment Case Attorney
I hired Colin to assist me with an Employment case. He listened closely, took copious notes as we talked, and was able to assess the situation quickly. That initial meeting with Colin convinced me that he was the right attorney for my case and for me. He was sympathetic without patronizing me. He told me that he felt I had a good case, but also explained the law and the chance that I might have struggles; emotionally as well as legally. Colin communicated with me on a regular basis as he worked on my case and kept me informed on the progress. We ended up going into mediation and my case ended successfully for me. Colin works hard for his clients. He seeks assistance from his mentors and associates to garner information and advice. He is confident in the face of his opponent but is never cocky!. I would call on Colin again if I was ever faced with another situation where I needed legal assistance.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 200-350 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Co-Owner | Attorney
  • Navigate Law Group
  • 2014 - 2023


  • University of Texas School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2014
  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • University of Arizona
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2009

Legal Cases

  • Robert Thomas v. CalPortand Company
  • Currently pending before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals


  • Washington Employment Lawyers Association
  • 2015 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2014 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Intro to Employment Law Issues
  • Discrimination, Client Intake, and Accommodating Disabilities
  • 2020

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (15)
Endorse Colin
Discrimination Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Colin is a super sharp attorney with a relentless desire to get to the heart of the matter and who cares deeply about his clients. He's very easy to talk to and work with. I highly recommend Attorney McHugh for all employment law matters without hesitation."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a fellow personal injury attorney, I am aware of Colin's reputation in our community. He is a compassionate, capable attorney. I would not hesitate to call him with a personal injury matter."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Colin McHugh, is an intelligent hardworking attorney who cares about his clients. I endorse this attorney."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Colin is a passionate and caring advocate for his clients. He is extremely hardworking, and does his best to get the best possible outcome for his clients. He handles sensitive issues very well and makes his clients feel heard."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Colin is a hard-working and intelligent attorney well experienced in the needs of employees dealing with separation / contract disputes as well as discrimination and wrongful termination. Colin is passionate about his work and helping others."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"Colin is an experienced legal professional and zealous advocate for his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've worked with Colin both as co-counsel and as opposing counsel. He is a very knowledgeable and creative lawyer that is committed to clients. I endorse him without hesitation."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I refer a lot of clients who have employment issues to Colin. Every time my clients are always happy with the results."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I refer a lot of cases to Colin for complex civil cases involving employment and labor. Colin is a smart and professional attorney and he works hard for his clients. I endorse this attorney's work."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have collaborated with him before on a tricky case involving a few overlapping areas of law, and he helped me prioritize the issues that needed to be addressed. I highly recommend Mr. McHugh."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. McHugh gets the job done. His analytical ability and dedication to every issue he encounters separates his skills from the rest. He is passionate, hard-working and not afraid to tackle any issue that presents itself. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Colin is intelligent and compassionate. He is great lawyer and a better person. I endorse him to anyone looking for a zealous and effective attorney."
Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Colin is a well-rounded attorney, and one I highly recommend."
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