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James J. Hughes

Jim Hughes is the administrative partner of Bricker & Eckler LLP. In that position he is responsible for the administrative oversight of the firm’s overall practice, management and day-to-day operations. Jim also assists the firm’s managing partner with strategic planning and policy level measures. Jim is a partner in the firm’s Litigation group and represents clients in complex commercial litigation matters, including health care and environmental litigation. His practice also includes developmental disabilities law with an emphasis on Medicaid litigation. His litigation experience includes recovering $6 million in an action against the Ohio Department of Education in a matter involving calculation of state foundation funding for public school systems — Cincinnati City School District v. State Board of Education, 2008 Ohio 1434; recovering $7.2 million on behalf of Dayton City School District in a matter involving calculation of state foundation funding; and recovering ...

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Professional & Community Activities

  • Member of the Columbus, Ohio State and American Bar Associations
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Arthritis Foundation, Central Ohio Chapter

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Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Admitted to practice before Ohio Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Sixth Circuits; United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, Northern District of Ohio, Eastern District of Kentucky

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers 2007-2015
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America 2011-2015
  • Ranked as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell


  • Capital University School of Law (J.D., with honors, 1986); Order of the Curia; Capital University Law Review; recipient Dean's Scholarship based on academic merit
  • Union College (B.A., with honors in history, 1980)
  • The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business (Executive Education Leadership Program, 2008)

Featured Video

Oil and Gas Litigation Based on Mineral Rights

Oil and Gas Litigation Based on Mineral Rights
Bricker Attorneys Dan Gerken and Jim Hughes discuss the various mineral rights issues that can lead to litigation.