John D. Hughes: Lawyer with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

John D. Hughes

Boston,  MA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Complex Litigation
  • Insurance & Reinsurance
  • Securities Litigation
  • Insurance & Reinsurance Litigation
  • Coverage & Claims
  • White Collar & Government Enforcement
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
University Columbia University, B.A., 1971
Law SchoolSuffolk University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1974
AdmittedNew York; Massachusetts


American Bar Association
Boston Bar Association
Massachusetts Bar Association
Professional Liability Underwriters Society
fellow in The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

BornWorcester, Massachusetts, August 28, 1949

John practices business litigation and has extensive trial and appellate experience in courts throughout the country. He assists liability insurers with complex claims and coverage matters. He also represents insurers in coverage and bad faith litigation in state and federal courts. Many of his engagements have concerned financial institutions, particularly banks, investment advisers, mutual funds, venture capital, private equity and hedge funds, and insurance and securities brokers. These cases have involved claims under ERISA, the Investment Company and Investment Advisers Acts of 1940, federal and state securities laws and state law on negligence and breach of fiduciary duty.

In addition, John represents property and casualty insurers with respect to large exposure, complex claims. These have involved the successful resolution of allocation, aggregation and equitable contribution issues.

John has been named a New England Super Lawyer and a Massachusetts Super Lawyer by Law & Politics magazine in 2007 - 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014. John has also achieved an AV Preeminent peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell, in which John's peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence and has is recognized in the The International Who's Who of Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers 2014.
•John is actively involved in the representation of liability insurers in coverage litigation throughout the country in state and federal courts, including bankruptcy courts.

•He has represented investment advisers in fee dispute litigation under the Investment Advisors Act of 1940 and state law.

•John litigates accounting malpractice cases, including both audit and tax preparation services, in state trial and appellate courts throughout the country.

•He continues to represent employers in employment discrimination cases in state and federal courts throughout the country.

Representative Decisions
Morgan Fuel & Heating Co. v. Lexington Ins. Co., et al., No. 272/11 (Sup. Ct., Dutchess Cty., Dec. 21, 2011), aff'd, 2013 WL 1811259 (2d Dep't 2013) (summary judgment for insurers in a dispute concerning the scope of coverage afforded by the insuring agreement of certain CGL policies and application of the policies' workers' compensation exclusion).

Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA, 87 A.D. 3d 1057, 930 N.Y.S. 2d 215 (2d Dep't 2011).

XL Specialty Insurance Co. v. John D. Agoglia, et al., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16244 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 2, 2009).

Millennium Partners, L.P. v. Select Insurance Company, 68 A.D.3d 420, 889 N.Y.S.2d 575 (1st Dep't 2009).

Finn v. National Union Fire Inc. Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 452 Mass. 690, 896 N.E.2d 272 (Mass. 2008).

GE HFS Holdings, Inc. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA, 520 F. Supp. 2d 213 (D. Mass. 2007).

Besides Edwards Wildman

John is a member of the Union Boat Club and sits on the Advisory Board of Greater Boston Catholic Charities. John is also a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.


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Director Liability & Financially Distressed Companies in Turkey: Turkish Regime Far More Stringent than Corresponding Rules in the US and UK
John O. Faurescu,Arzum Gunalcin,Alexander G. Henlin,John D. Hughes,Jonathan Yorke, February 17, 2014
American and British directors of corporations should be mindful of the different standards of conduct, obligations, and potential personal liability when holding directorships in Turkish companies, particularly if such companies’ financial situation is deteriorating. Unlike the rules...

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John D. Hughes

111 Huntington Avenue
BostonMA 02199-7613


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