James J. Hughes, III

A partner in the firm’s Litigation group, Jim Hughes represents clients in all phases of complex commercial litigation matters, with a focus on health care, energy and environmental litigation. With over 30 years of experience, Jim is a knowledgeable and proficient litigation attorney who is considered one of the firm’s “go to” litigators serving a diverse client base. Clients view him as a strategic thinker and trusted advisor who is successful and adept in achieving early resolution of disputes and lawsuits by providing precise and careful counseling to clients.

Jim’s practice also touches Medicare and Medicaid compliance and litigation through his representation of health care providers, nursing homes, county boards serving persons with developmental disabilities, and ADAMH boards that serve persons with mental health challenges. Additionally, he advises health care systems on regulatory compliance, false claims, fraud and abuse, and anti-kickback matters. He has defended health care systems in matters brought by physician groups alleging tortious interference with business opportunities and anti-trust activities.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, Columbus Bar Association Ohio State Bar Association; American Bar Association
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Past Member, Board of Trustees, Arthritis Foundation, Central Ohio Chapter
  • Past Member, Board of Trustees, International Field Studies
  • Past Member, Board of Trustees, Columbus Academy

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Admitted, 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, Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation; Environmental Law; Litigation - Environmental), 2011–2020
  • Columbus Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America (Litigation - Environmental), 2019
  • Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers (Health Care; Business Litigation; Eminent Domain), 2012–2018
  • Ranked, AV Preeminent, 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)