David R. Hughes

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Decatur, GA

Hall Hirsh Hughes, LLC
 | 150 East Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 450
Decatur, GA 30030
Phone: 404-638-5880
Fax: 404-638-5879
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (20%)
Attorney Profile

A partner at the Decatur, Georgia, law firm of Hall Hirsh Hughes, LLC, David R. Hughes offers general civil litigation services to clients across the state. Focusing his practice on employment, business and real estate law, as well as catastrophic personal injury claims, Mr. Hughes has also handled cases on behalf of clients throughout the Eastern United States.

Before receiving a Juris Doctor from the Emory University School of Law in 1990, Mr. Hughes completed his undergraduate education at the same institution, earning a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University in 1982. Upon graduating from law school, he was named to the Emory University School of Law chapter of The Order of the Barristers. In 1986, Mr. Hughes graduated with a master of divinity from Harvard College.

Having over 20 years of experience, Mr. Hughes has assisted clients with a range of complex matters, including those involving the following: railroad injuries, wrongful death, medical malpractice, alleged securities fraud claims and violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, business and commercial litigation, and invasion of privacy claims against employers. He has received the highest possible rating of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Hughes has previously served as aide for a chief deputy majority whip in the U.S. House of Representatives and as legal aide for the Georgia State Senate’s Committee on Special Judiciary.

Staying active in the community is a priority for Mr. Hughes. In addition to involvement in various civic and community affairs, he is a member of and has served in varying capacities for several professional organizations, including the Atlanta Bar Association, the DeKalb Bar Association and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta.

*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
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (60%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff

Business Litigation (20%)

Employment & Labor (20%): Employment Law - Employee

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Employment Law - Employee


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Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2019

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About David Hughes

Admitted: 1990, Georgia

Professional Webpage: http://www.h3-law.com/david-r-hughes/


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review rating from Martindale Hubbell
  • Regional Champion for the National Moot Court Competition, Emory University School of Law
  • Order of the Barristers, Emory University School of Law
  • American College of Trial Lawyers Medal of Excellence in Advocacy

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • DeKalb Bar Association, Former Litigation Section Chair
  • DeKalb Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2002-2004
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Litigation Section, Member
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U. S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Georgia Senate Special Judiciary Committee, Legal Aide, 1994
  • Woodlands Garden, Capital Campaign Committee.
  • Venetian Pools Association, Inc., Former Director and Secretary
  • Habitat for Humanity, Former Coordinating Committee member
  • Columbia Theological Seminary, Co-President, 2002-2003
  • Columbia Theological Seminary, President’s Advisory Council, 1996-2003
  • Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde, Former President of Board of Directors
  • Decatur High School Leadership Team, Decatur City Charter Schools, Chair, 2009-2010
  • Decatur High School Leadership Team, Decatur City Charter Schools, Elected member, 2008-2010
  • International Rescue Committee, Development Board Chair
  • Decatur Presbyterian Church, Personnel Committee member
  • Decatur Presbyterian Church, Former Administration Council Chair
  • Decatur Presbyterian Church, Pastor Nominating Committee Chair
  • Decatur Presbyterian Church, Elder
  • Decatur Rotary Club, Past Club Secretary
  • Decatur Rotary Club, Board of Directors, 2016-2018
  • Decatur Rotary Club, Board of Directors, 2008-2010
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Harvard Club of Georgia
  • Georgia Mock Trial Competition, Decatur High School coach, 2012-2013

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Book Review of The Articulate Advocate: New Techniques of Persuasion for Trial Lawyers, in Georgia Bar Journal, Vol. 15, No. 1, p. 82, August 2009
  • Investigating Alleged Employee Misconduct, Georgia Local Government Personnel Association Conference, St. Simons Island, Georgia, 2007, Presenter
  • Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act, Georgia Local Government Personnel Association Conference, Lake Lanier, Georgia, 2007, Presenter
  • How Not to Shoot your Eye Out: Pretrial Pleading Basics, GTLA 2008 Holiday Workshop, Atlanta, Georgia, 2008, Presenter
  • NITA instructor, Emory Law School, 1994-1999
  • Georgia Bar Program for Transition in Law Practice Program, Mentor, 2008-present
  • Atlanta Bar Association Equal Justice in Law Enforcement Initiative, Presenter

Educational Background:

  • Emory University, B.A., Bachelor of Arts
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, M.Div., 1986
Find Me Online
Website - www.h3-law.com
Office Location for David R. Hughes

150 East Ponce de Leon Avenue
Suite 450
Decatur, GA 30030

Phone: 404-638-5880

Fax: 404-638-5879

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Last Updated: 12/6/2018

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