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Michael R. Hughes- Bend Attorney

In a world full of cookie-cutters and conformity, every now and then, you come across someone who is just a little bit different. These folks tend to swim upstream and hear a drum beating that nobody else hears. When you encounter someone like this you immediately know it. Their passion emanates from their very being. A certain intensity burns in their eyes. There always seems to be a purpose when you are in their presence.

Michael R. Hughes is such a person. When you meet him, you immediately recognize something is different about this attorney. Mr. Hughes grew up a farm kid from eastern Nebraska, an area known for hard-working, no-nonsense people. He attended high school in southwest Missouri in a blue-collar factory town on the edge of the Ozarks. Mr. Hughes has worked in farm fields, factories, lumber yards, construction sites, and as a security guard, prior to going to law school. Mr. Hughes had no connections to the legal world when he left home after high school and embarked on the journey to become a trial lawyer. He knew more people in need of legal services than those that could provide them. Mr. Hughes' goal was to become a lawyer. Not to chase power or fortunes for himself, but to fight for justice and freedom for others.

By the late 1980's Mr. Hughes was already aware of the police state that was enveloping the nation, caused in large part by the "War on Drugs". Mr. Hughes has been a critic of prohibition since he was old enough to think clearly. He had a particular interest in studying controlled substance laws. This lead Mr. Hughes to the study criminal law in college, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska in 1995.

Mr. Hughes then went on to study at Drake University Law School in Des Moines, IA. He graduated with a Juris Doctor Degree in 1999. While in law school, Mr. Hughes continued his studies of criminal law and justice. He also studied litigation and Agricultural law. While in law school, Mr. Hughes was a law clerk for the United Stated Department of Agriculture, Wetland Restoration Team.

Shortly after graduating from law school in 1999, Mr. Hughes was licensed to practice law in Minnesota. He started doing criminal defense work in Moorhead, Minnesota in December of 1999. As a hard-fighting criminal defense attorney, Mr. Hughes has handled every conceivable type of criminal matter. He developed a reputation as a fierce trial lawyer and advocate for his clients.

Mr. Hughes attended and graduated from the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College in 2006. For several years, Mr. Hughes was also an adjunct professor of Criminal Law and Procedure at Minnesota State University – Moorhead.

By 2007, Mr. Hughes was almost entirely focused on personal injury cases, including automobile accidents, slips, falls, dog bites, pedestrians hit by cars, dram shop cases, toxic tort class action suits, excessive force/civil rights, and other types of personal injury cases. Mr. Hughes has develop a special place in his heart for personal injury cases and the seemingly constant uphill battle people face trying to be fully and fairly compensated when they are injured by others.

In 2011, Mr. Hughes relocated to the west coast and has now opened a law office in beautiful downtown Bend, Oregon. He is currently working on the conclusion of his first novel, High Way, the first book in a series called High, Higher and Highest: A Trilogy of Prohibition Parables. Mr. Hughes is licensed to practice law in Minnesota, Nebraska and Oregon.

Mr. Hughes possess the rare combination of passion, instinct and experience that is necessary to make a great trial lawyer. A passionate advocate for the wrongfully accused and injured. A street-smart person, with the type of sharp instincts needed to make tough decisions in the heat of battle. A legal warrior with experience in the trenches, who understands that freedom and justice flow from victory. Call Hughes Law today to meet A Different Kind of Lawyer.

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