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Michael Hughes

541-667-9567
Michael  Hughes
Hughes Law
920 NW Bond Street, Suite 206
Bend, OR 97703
www.mrhugheslaw.com
Phone: 541-667-9567
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

Michael Hughes

Lifetime Member

NORML Marijuana Business Section

NORML Marijuana Business Section

Michael Hughes

About Michael Hughes

Attorney and farmer, Michael Hughes has been practicing law since 1999. He has dedicated his practice to helping people navigate complex legal issues and fighting for their rights. His practice areas include agricultural law, business law, criminal defense, political consulting, personal injury, land use and litigation. Mr. Hughes is also an expert regarding cannabis law and cannabis production. H... read more »

Biography

Attorney and farmer, Michael Hughes has been practicing law since 1999. He has dedicated his practice to helping people navigate complex legal issues and fighting for their rights. His practice areas include agricultural law, business law, criminal defense, political consulting, personal injury, land use and litigation. Mr. Hughes is also an expert regarding cannabis law and cannabis production. He consults with hemp and cannabis companies regarding both legal and production issues. He also provides expert witness opinion and testimony regarding in both criminal and civil cases involving cannabis and hemp.

Mr. Hughes has extensively studied the cannabis plant for over 25 years. "Hemp", a non-psychoactive strain of the cannabis plant, was a feral crop in eastern Nebraska where he grew up. Hemp had been grown commercially in that area for multiple generations. Mr. Hughes was able to learn much about this plant at an early age, both from observing the feral hemp growing every year, and by learning about its production from those who used to do it commercially. His grandfather's generation was the last to legally farm hemp in the United States, prior to 1937. This life experience provided Mr. Hughes with a wealth of information about the cannabis plant and a particular interest in industrial hemp.

Mr. Hughes founded the Industrial Hemp Producers Association in 1997 while still in law school. In 1999 he wrote an unpublished article called “Industrial Hemp: What is there to legalize?”

Mr. Hughes grew up in 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 studied 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 was a law clerk for the United Stated Department of Agriculture. Mr. Hughes was also an adjunct professor of Criminal Law and Procedure at Minnesota State University – Moorhead. Mr. Hughes was also selected to attend the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College and graduated from there in 2006.

As a hard-fighting attorney, Mr. Hughes has developed a reputation as a fierce trial lawyer, an advocate for his clients and street savvy business consultant. He has obtained many favorable outcomes for his clients at jury trial, including many not guilty verdicts. Mr. Hughes possess the rare combination of passion, instinct and experience, that provides the organic ingredients necessary to make a great lawyer and consigliore. A passionate advocate for the wrongfully accused and injured. A street-smart person, with the type of sharp instincts needed to make tough decisions when it matters. A legal warrior with experience in the trenches, who understands that freedom and justice flow from victory. Mr. Hughes is licensed to practice law in Minnesota, Nebraska and Oregon.

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Michael Hughes -
Hughes Law
920 NW Bond Street, Suite 206
Bend, OR 97703
www.mrhugheslaw.com
Phone Numbers:
  • Office: 541-667-9567

Practice Areas

Area of Practice % Focus
Criminal Defense50.00%
Business Law11.00%
Environmental Law10.50%
Local Government Law10.00%
Land Use and Zoning9.50%
DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving9.00%

Credentials

Bar Licenses

State Status Year Acquired
Oregon Member in Good Standing 2013
Nebraska Member in Good Standing 2004
Minnesota Member in Good Standing 1999

Work Experience

Position Duration
Hughes Law 2013 – present
The Hughes Companies 2012 – present
Berg & Associates 20112012
Hazelton Injury Attorneys 20072011
Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law and Procedure 20042007
Public Defender - 7th Judicial District Minn. 19992007

Education

School Major Degree Year Graduated
Drake University Law School Litigation/Ag Law J.D. 1999
University of Nebraska Criminal Justice B.S. 1995

Associations

Position Organization Duration
Executive Cannabis Law Section – Executive Committee 2016 – present
Member Industrial Hemp Rules Advisory Committee 2016 – present
Member Marijuana Advisory Committee 2015 – present
Member American Civil Liberties Union 2013 – present
Member National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2013 – present
Member Oregon Trial Lawyers Association 2013 – present
Member Oregon State Bar 2013 – present
Graduate Trial Lawyers College 2006 – present
Member Nebraska State Bar Association 2004 – present
Lifetime Member National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws present
NORML Marijuana Business Section present

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