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Scott D. Hughes

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Top Rated Civil Rights Attorney in Newport Beach, CA

Scott D. Hughes, A Professional Law Corporation
620 Newport Center Drive, Suite 1100
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: 714-423-6928
Fax: 714-845-0030
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012, 2015 - 2017
Licensed in California Since: 2007
Practice Areas: Civil Rights (40%), Criminal Defense (30%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%)
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An attorney with Scott D. Hughes, A Professional Law Corporation, Scott D. Hughes handles civil law, criminal law and personal injury matters for clients in Orange County, California. He also has experience in immigration law and takes pride in his ability to manage cases in a diverse range of legal areas. A former United States Marine Corps Military Police Officer, he was given Meritorious Masts, Letters of Accommodation and a Good Conduct Medal during his service.

Named to the National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40, Los Angeles Magazine named him a Top Attorney in Southern California in 2012. Mr. Hughes worked with Word Association Publishers to write the California DUI Handbook and at Yale University, he earned the Constitutional Law Course Certification in 2016.

Mr. Hughes is an active member of the legal community and is passionate about constantly learning more about his profession. He is a member of the following organizations: the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, the California Public Defenders Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the State Bar of California, the Orange County Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

In 2003, Mr. Hughes graduated from the State University of New York with a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice and English literature. At the same school, he earned his Master of Arts in criminal justice before attending Western State College of Law and graduating with his Juris Doctor. For his high ethical standards and long list of successful results, he holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Civil Rights
  • 30%Criminal Defense
  • 30%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Police Misconduct, Arrest & Arraignment, Criminal Law, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff


4 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2012, 2015 - 2017

About Scott D. Hughes

First Admitted: 2007, California

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles, 2007- Present
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, 2007- Present
  • California Public Defenders Association, 2008- Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Member, 2007- Present
  • California Bar Association Member, 2007 – Present
  • Orange County Bar Association Member, 2004- Present
  • American Bar Association Member, 2004 - Present

Educational Background

  • Masters Degree, Criminal Justice - State University of New York, 2004
  • BA Criminal Justice/ English Literature - State University of New York, 2003

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Authored California DUI Handbook, Word Association Publications, 2011
  • Assistant Managing Editor of Western State University Law Review, 2006
  • Managing Editor of Western State University Law Review, 2005


  • Published Opinion, Shirey v. Los Angeles (2013) 216 Cal.App.4th 1, 2013
  • $1.6m Settlement in Civil Rights Police Shooting Case against Orange County, 2020
  • $110k settlement Auto Accident Case, 2020
  • 3.4M Jury Verdict Civil Rights 400,000 Settlement Civil Rights 250,000 Settlement Civil Rights 150,000 Settlement Personal Injury 100,000 Judgment Personal Injury, 2019

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Volunteered at the Orange County Food Bank, 2020


  • Obtained a rating of 10.0 from Avvo, Avvo 10.0 Rating, Avvo, 2021
  • , Named Top Attorneys in Southern California, Los Angeles Magazine, 2012
  • , Named to Southern California Super Lawyers, 2015
  • , Completed Constitutional Law Course Certificate, Yale University, 2016
  • , Named Top 40 under 40 by National Trial Lawyers, 2018
  • AV Preeminent: The highest peer rating standard. This rating signifies that a large number of the lawyer's peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence for his legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards, AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2021
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Office Location for Scott D. Hughes

620 Newport Center Drive
Suite 1100
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Phone: 714-423-6928

Fax: 714-845-0030

Last Updated: 4/28/2021

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