David R. Hughes

Top rated civil litigation attorney in Decatur, Georgia

Hall Hirsh Hughes, LLC
David R. Hughes
Hall Hirsh Hughes, LLC

Practice Areas: Civil litigation, Personal injury; view more

Licensed in Georgia since: 1990

Education: Emory University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2022

Hall Hirsh Hughes, LLC

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


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 business and real estate litigation, 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 University.

Having more than 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, securities fraud claims and violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, business and commercial litigation, and catastrophic personal injury claims. 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 has served in varying capacities for several professional organizations, including the Atlanta Bar Association, the DeKalb Bar Association, the DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, and the Decatur Rotary Club.

*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

Civil litigation: plaintiff, Personal injury - general: plaintiff

Focus areas

Personal injury - plaintiff, Wrongful death

  • 60% Civil litigation: plaintiff
  • 40% Personal injury - general: plaintiff

First Admitted: 1990, Georgia

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

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review rating from Martindale Hubbell
  • Order of the Barristers, Emory University School of Law
  • American College of Trial Lawyers Medal of Excellence in Advocacy
  • Regional Champion for the National Moot Court Competition, Emory University School of Law
Educational Background:
  • Emory University, B.A., Bachelor of Arts
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, M.Div., 1986
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
  • Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act, Georgia Local Government Personnel Association Conference, Lake Lanier, Georgia, 2007, Presenter
  • Investigating Alleged Employee Misconduct, Georgia Local Government Personnel Association Conference, St. Simons Island, Georgia, 2007, Presenter
  • Atlanta Bar Association Equal Justice in Law Enforcement Initiative, Presenter
  • Georgia Bar Program for Transition in Law Practice Program, Mentor, 2008-present
  • 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
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Decatur High School Leadership Team, Decatur City Charter Schools, Chair, 2009-2010
  • Decatur Presbyterian Church, Elder
  • Columbia Theological Seminary, Co-President, 2002-2003
  • Decatur Presbyterian Church, Personnel Committee member
  • Woodlands Garden, Capital Campaign Committee.
  • Georgia Mock Trial Competition, Decatur High School coach, 2012-2013
  • Decatur Rotary Club, Board of Directors, 2008-2010
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Columbia Theological Seminary, President’s Advisory Council, 1996-2003
  • Decatur Presbyterian Church, Pastor Nominating Committee Chair
  • Venetian Pools Association, Inc., Former Director and Secretary
  • Decatur High School Leadership Team, Decatur City Charter Schools, Elected member, 2008-2010
  • Decatur Rotary Club, Past Club Secretary
  • Harvard Club of Georgia
  • Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde, Former President of Board of Directors
  • Decatur Presbyterian Church, Former Administration Council Chair
  • Habitat for Humanity, Former Coordinating Committee member
  • International Rescue Committee, Development Board Chair
  • Decatur Rotary Club, Board of Directors, 2016-2018
  • Georgia Senate Special Judiciary Committee, Legal Aide, 1994
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Litigation Section, Member
  • DeKalb Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2002-2004
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U. S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
  • Georgia
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • DeKalb Bar Association, Former Litigation Section Chair
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals

Office location for David R. Hughes

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

Phone: 404-638-5883


7 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2022

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