James M. Hughes

James M. Hughes: Attorney with Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor, LLC


A sitting member of the Ohio Senate known for his approachability, Jim Hughes believes his dual role as an attorney and state senator sharpens his skills for both positions.

As a senator, he’s become an expert listener to better respond to the needs of constituents, which walks nicely to his legal work when lending an ear to help solve a client’s problems.

Jim has decades of experience in a variety of legal areas including business, criminal justice, probate and government relations/elections/lobbying. He’s also been recognized for his service and excellence by a wide range of legal, political and industry organizations.


•Dom Tiberi Service Award, Agonis Club (2010)
•Watchdog of the Treasury Award, United Conservatives of Ohio (2010)
•Legislator of the Year Award, Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters (2010)
•Legislator of the Year Award, AMVETS Department of Ohio (2010)
•Legislator of the Year Award, Ohio School Counselors Association (2011)
•ACU Conservative Award, The American Conservative Union (2011)
•Outstanding Central Committee Member of the Year, Franklin County Republican Party (2011 Janice Colwell Award)
•Named Defender of Liberty, American /Conservative Union (ACU) (2012)
•Watchdog of the Treasury Award, United Conservatives of Ohio (2012)
•Hometown Hero Award, WSYN-Sunny 95 94.7 FM, 2014 Policy and Legislation Award, Ohio Attorney General (2013)
•Champion for the Congress Award, Ohio Quarter Horse Association (2014)
•Legislator of the Year Award, Fraternal Order of Police - Capital City Lodge No. 9 (2011 & 2014)

Areas of Practice (9)

  • Business & Contracts
  • Criminal Justice/Traffic Law
  • Education Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Trust & Probate
  • Government Relations / Elections / Lobbying
  • Litigation
  • Public Law
  • Real Estate

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
614-826-6938  Phone
614.221.2121  Phone
University Attended:
The Ohio State University, B.S., Business Administration, 1987
Law School Attended:
Capital University Law School, J.D., 1994
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio; 1994, Ohio

Professional & Community Activities


•Ohio Senate, State Senator 16th Senate District, 01/01/09 to Present

Past Positions

•Ohio House of Representatives, State Representative 22nd Ohio House District, 09/13/00 to 12/31/08
•Assistant Prosecutor, Franklin County Prosecutor's Office, Columbus, Ohio, 01/97 to 09/00
•Assistant Prosecutor, City Prosecutor's Office, Columbus, Ohio, 06/95 to 01/97
•Bailiff, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Columbus, Ohio, 03/88 to 06/95
•Member of the Commission on the Rules of Superintendence for Ohio Supreme Court, 2011-13


•Phi Gamma Delta Alumni
•Past Member, Goodale Lodge
•Honorary Member, Kentucky Colonel
•Member of Reception Unit and Ambassador West, Aladdin Shrine Temple
•Member, Psi Upsilon Fraternity
•Faith America
•Member, Ohio State University Alumni Association
•Member, Charity Newsies
•Member, Agonis Club of Columbus (President, Vice President, Board of Directors)
•Clintonville Chamber of Commerce
•Worthington Chamber of Commerce
•Dublin Chamber of Commerce
•Upper Arlington Chamber of Commerce
•Grandview Chamber of Commerce
•Hilliard Chamber of Commerce
•Grove City Chamber of Commerce
•Ohio House of Representatives Cancer Caucus
•Shamrock Club Member
•Congressional Youth Leadership Council Board of Ohio State Legislators
•Ohio Prematurity Caucus
•Ohio Legislative Manufacturing Caucus
•BILLD fellow, Midwestern Council of State Governments
•Honorary Board Member, Kids Voting
•Board of Governors, Central Ohio Crime Stoppers
•Ohio Council of the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision
•Board Member, Impact Community Action
•Supreme Court Commission on the Rules of Superintendence, 2008-12
•Board of Counselors, Capital University Law School, 2010-13
•Ohio General Assembly Cancer Caucus Co-Chair, 2011-13
•Founding Member, Clintonville Rotary - President, 2012-13

Birth Information:
Columbus, Ohio, September 17, 1964
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa and MasterCard
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

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