Elizabeth S. Hughes

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Lexington, KY

Green Chesnut & Hughes PLLC
 | 201 East Main Street, Suite 800
Lexington, KY 40507
Phone: 859-475-1471
Fax: 859-455-3332
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1991
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (30%),
  • Family Law (30%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (20%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Elizabeth S. Hughes is a partner at Green Chesnut & Hughes PLLC. Located in Lexington, Kentucky, she provides representation to clients throughout the region in several different practice areas. An astute trial lawyer, Ms. Hughes has extensive criminal defense experience. In that regard, she assists people who are facing state or federal charges such as drug possession and trafficking as well as fraud, embezzlement and other types of white collar crimes.

    In her civil litigation practice, Ms. Hughes provides representation to employers who have been accused of discrimination in cases arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal and state statutes. She also provides advice and counsel regarding the preparation of employee handbooks, contracts and policies. Ms. Hughes also has experience in helping clients who are facing the end of their marriages deal with such divorce-related issues as property division and child custody and visitation. Her efforts in all of these areas have earned her an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

    Ms. Hughes attended Vanderbilt University as an undergraduate and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1988. Her legal education came at the University of Kentucky College of Law, and she was awarded her Juris Doctor in 1991. Ms. Hughes spent several years at another Lexington law firm before joining her current firm in 2013. A life fellow of the Kentucky Bar Foundation, her other professional memberships include the Kentucky and Fayette County bar associations. Admitted to practice in Kentucky, Ms. Hughes is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

    *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
    • 30%Criminal Defense
    • 30%Family Law
    • 20%Employment & Labor: Employer
    • 20%Business Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Traffic Violations


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    Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021

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    About Elizabeth Hughes

    Admitted: 1991, Kentucky

    Professional Webpage: http://www.gcandh.com/elizabethhughes.html


    • Kentucky Law Journal, Associate Editor, University of Kentucky College of Law
    • Super Lawyers
    • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Kentucky Bar Association, Criminal Law, Litigation and Labor and Employment Law Sections, 1991
    • United States District Court in the Western District of Kentucky
    • Fayette County Bar Association, Director, 1998-2006
    • United States District Court in the Eastern District of Kentucky
    • Fayette County Bar Association, President, 2004-2005
    • Kentucky Supreme Court
    • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Fayette County Pro Bono Program, Inc., Member and Director, 2003-2007
    • Kentucky Board of Bar Examiners, 2002-2009
    • Kentucky Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
    • Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Criminal Justice Commission, 2004-2006
    • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
    • Fayette County Bar Foundation, Founding Fellow, Vice President, 2007-2010
    • Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, Inc., Member and Director, 2005-2009
    • University of Kentucky College of Law Alumni Board of Directors, 2005-2008

    Educational Background:

    • B.A., Vanderbilt University, 1988
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    Office Location for Elizabeth S. Hughes

    201 East Main Street
    Suite 800
    Lexington, KY 40507

    Phone: 859-475-1471

    Fax: 859-455-3332

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    Last Updated: 7/7/2020

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