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Douglas R. Hughes

Child custody Attorney at Spokane, WA

4.7   38 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
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  • Licensed for 23 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2000
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Douglas

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WHEN YOU NEED THE BEST TO HELP YOU THROUGH THE WORST.

DOUGLAS R. HUGHES, named the Top Lawyer in Child Custody, is a principal partner in Hughes & Nelson, P.L.L.C. handling child custody and divorce matters. Douglas R. Hughes was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Spokane County for over 9 years prior to focusing on high conflict and complex child cusotdy and divorce matters in the last 11+ years. These years of practice in both trial litigation as well as neogitaiton and mediation give Douglas R. Hughes a unique perspective on matters involving family law and child custody. Douglas R. Hughes has been recognized as the Top Lawyer in Child Custody for several years by Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine, a presenter at continuing legal education seminars as well as police academy training while a prosecutor. His expertise in the law combined with effective negotiation skills allow him to strive to achive the best result for clients under the circumstances in each case. Douglas R. Hughes graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law, as well as earning an English degree from Washington State University. Douglas R. Hughes is accepting clients in areas of divorce, separation, child custody/parenting plans, contempt, child support, third party custody, modifications and contempts. Douglas R. Hughes is also a certified Guardian ad Litem which informs his child custody practice. If you have a family law, divorce, or child custody matter, don't hesitate to call right away.

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2019,2013
Client's Choice
2023 2019 2013

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Location

Hughes & Nelson, Attorneys at Law, PLLC

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  38 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by Shawn | April 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review for Mr. Hughes
We met with Mr. Hughes and went over our case, he was able to cut through all the hard legal terms we did not understand and help us understand the pros and cons of our case. We were able to resolve our issue without going to court and are very satisfied with the outcome. We would recommend Mr Hughes to anyone looking for a understanding, professional family Lawyer.
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Posted by Susan | September 10, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Doug is awesome!
Doug Hughes did a wonderful job representing my brother through his divorce. I followed closely from the beginning through a 2 day trial and then the ruling. Doug and his entire office conducted themselves with the utmost character and integrity. I would recommend Doug to anyone who wants to win! Our family will be forever grateful Doug. Thank you and everyone in your office!!
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Posted by Lucas | December 17, 2023
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MR. Madison
He helped my family when no one else could at the time, can’t thank him enough for doing what he did for my sister.
Posted by Robert | December 13, 2023
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Thank you
They did ab amazing job on my friends case! Went above and beyond on the there case! Would recommend them to anyone! Thank you for your hard work!
Posted by Brenda | December 13, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Douglas is excellent attorney.. Helping to get custody of granddaughter ... Douglas is a very caring attorney... You can't go wrong hiring Douglas he is on your side
Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
Salesmen
Was prompt, curtious and was very helpful through what would be a very difficult process.
Posted by Bobbi | December 11, 2023
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Dispatch
Mr. Hughes was hired and has been helping us with a custody battle. The experience has been wonderful. My family is beyond grateful.
Posted by Colleen | December 10, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent lawyer
Did an amazing job with helping in court with two amazing people with a child custody battle that has lasted a while! Thank you so much and we appreciate all the help you have done for an amazimg family!
Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2023
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Review
They had Great communication, helped my family very well. I would refer them to anyone that needs help.
Posted by Nicole | December 9, 2023
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Review
My experience with Hughes and Nelson was professional and on point. I would refer them to anyone that needs help. Super understanding.
Posted by Sharon | December 9, 2023
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Review
Thank you Doug. You did a great job for us. I will recommend you and your firm. You prices w
Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2023
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Mrs.
Very understanding and values family. Very respectful, honest, and trustworthy. Done amazing things
Posted by Mike | December 8, 2023
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Review
Hughes and Nelson Law Firm did amazing work representing us. I would definitely hire them again and recommend anyone needing legal help to them!
Posted by Kenny | December 8, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
Review
Hughes and Nelson law firm did an amazing job representing us. I would definitely refer people to this firm.
Posted by Carol | December 8, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lawyer
I just want to say that he is a very good lawyer. he did a lot for the family and it's very thorough and efficient. I would recommend him to anybody in my family or any of my friends.He did a great job. With the case that he had in front of him. His law firm is a great establishment. I really appreciate everything he did for us
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Posted by Shon | December 8, 2023
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Lawyer
Did an excellent job for us in his work he did. I am very impressed with his detail and his thoroughness.I would refer him to any of my friends or family.He is a very nice man and genuine.He has done so much for my family.He made things so easy to understand.He put in a lot of hour's to make sure things were done properly.
Posted by Charles | December 8, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
Reveiw
Best lawyer in the county, i recommend this lawyer to anyone that needs one.
Posted by Dawn | December 8, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Lawyer review
Doug Hughes and his associates are amazing. I would 100% refer him to any and all.
Posted by Mindy | December 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend!
I was represented by Doug’s team in a dvpo case leading into divorce and custody. My attorney was very honest from the start regarding what to expect, and always communicative and straightforward. I discontinued services due to my financial status, but they were very understanding and willing to work with me on how to move forward. Would definitely retain them again if I need down the road.
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Posted by Patricia | October 1, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney and Nice People
Having to deal with complicated and emotional legal problems is never great, but having a team like Doug and his staff made things much better. It was hard when the other attorney kept trying to make things totally high drama, Doug pushed to find solutions instead of making things worse. Eventually we reached a very positive settlement, and I was glad that reasonable advice was there. When we had to go to court he was great, but also just walking me through the process was important. Highly recommended!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Hughes & Nelson, Attorneys at Law, P.L.L.C.
  • 2011 - Present
  • Partner
  • David J. Crouse & Associates, PLLC
  • 2011 - 2017
  • Professor
  • ITT Corp.
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
  • 2002 - 2011
  • Attorney and Counselor at Law
  • Law Office of Douglas R. Hughes
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Legal Intern
  • Lane County Legal Aid & Advocacy Center
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Torts Tutor
  • University Of Oregon School Of Law
  • 1998 - 2000
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Education

  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Washington State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • D******** v. D********
  • Won at trial, upheld on appeal. Substantial trial result.
  • State v. J*******
  • Conviction in Washington's first case involving charge of human trafficking
  • State v. Sa*****
  • Conviction and restitution order.
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Associations

  • Spokane County Bar Assn. Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Spokane County Bar Associan
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • 1553PA Local - AFSCME
  • Board Member
  • 2010 - 2010
  • 1553PA Local - AFSCME
  • Secretary
  • 2009 - 2009
  • 1553PA Local - AFSCME
  • Secretary
  • 2008 - 2008
  • 1553PA Local - AFSCME
  • Trustee
  • 2006 - 2006
  • 1553PA Local - AFSCME
  • Trustee
  • 2005 - 2005
  • 1553PA Local - AFSCME
  • Union
  • 2002 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Lawyers in Washington
  • The National Advocates
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyer
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyer
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Best Of Media Democracy
  • Pacific Northwest Inlander
  • 2002
  • Graduation Class Speaker
  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • 2000
  • Paul Harris Fellow
  • Rotary International
  • 2000
  • President's Honor Roll
  • Washington State University
  • 1996
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Spokane Police Academy Training
  • Approaches and Techniques for Auto Theft Prosecution and Investigation
  • 2010
  • Law Enforcement (various)
  • Stolen Vehicle Legal Update
  • 2009
  • Prosecutor's in Schools Program
  • Life and The Law (various)
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (23)
Endorse Douglas
Unknown Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug is a fierce litigator with a substantial amount of courtroom experience. Doug is truly an expert in his field."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug is so smart and skilled. He is a person in whose hands you can feel good about entrusting your family's future."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Douglas is a highly respected lawyer. I endorse him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Hughes and I have had several cases over the years and I've always found his representation of his clients to be superb. He is well respected in our community and is a zealous advocate for his clients. He and the attorneys of his firm adhere to the highest ethical standards and professionalism. I would highly recommend him and the attorneys at his firm - if I had a conflict. :) Even if I didn't, I would have no hesitation recommending him or the attorneys in his firm. I highly recommend anyone looking at the AVVO reviews to take them as simply one factor in evaluating possible attorneys. Ask friends and family in the community. However, consistent good reviews by peer attorneys and clients are very good signs."
Family Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Douglas. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug's high level of passion and legal knowledge were evident when he worked at the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office. He now exhibits that same passion in private practice. I can confidently recommend and endorse him."
Family Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug Hughes is an exceptional family law attorney. Many of my clients also have family law matters, and I refer them to Doug with confidence. All have thanked me for the referral and commented on what a great job Doug did for them. Doug demonstrates compassion and sensitivity towards his clients while zealously advocating on their behalf. Any person with a family law matter will be well served by hiring Doug Hughes."
Child custody Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Doug Hughes for more than a decade and I endorse this lawyer without reservation. Doug is competent and engaging. He shows a true passion for his work. Doug has earned a reputation for being professional and courteous in his dealings with clients and fellow attorneys. I've previously worked with Doug and I know him to be an excellent litigator and negotiator."
Family Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Hughes is a true professional. He is an exceptional and polished courtroom advocate, with excellent communication skills, and represents his clients with integrity. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Douglas Hughes for many years at the Spokane County Prosecutor's office. He handled a great deal of trials and is an excellent litigator. He brings these excellent skills to his work on complex parenting plan and family law matters."
Family Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Hughes has extensive experience ranging from many years as a felony deputy prosecutor to his current work as a family law attorney. Few attorney have more actual trial experience than Mr. Hughes. He is an excellent advocate."
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