Paul Hughes is co-chair of the Firm’s Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group. He briefs and argues complex appeals, and he develops legal strategy for trial litigation. An experienced appellate lawyer, Paul has argued more than 30 cases in courts throughout the country, including five times in the US Supreme Court, before en banc sittings of the Fifth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits, and several arguments before panels of the First, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, DC and Federal Circuits. He has handled more than 250 appellate matters, including 21 merits cases at the US Supreme Court. Paul litigates in a wide variety of substantive areas, including administrative law, intellectual property, False Claims Act, bankruptcy, securities and high-skilled immigration.

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  • Obtained a nationwide preliminary injunction on behalf of a consortium of leading colleges and universities, blocking an immigration policy detrimental to the interests of international students (Guilford College v. McAleenan, M.D.N.C. 2019)*
  • Won a summary affirmance in the Federal Circuit of the appeal of a complex, multi-week patent trial (Zhejiang Med. Co. v. Kaneka Corp., Fed. Cir. 2019)*
  • Successfully reversed the adverse decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (In re Tropp, Fed. Cir. 2018)*

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  • Law360, MVP, 2018
  • Law360, Appellate Rising Star, 2017 & 2018
  • National Law Journal, Appellate Rising Star, 2017

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  • Yale Law School, visiting clinical lecturer in law, 2015 to present
  • National Police Accountability Project, board member, 2014 to present


Yale Law School, JD, 2008
Georgetown University, MA, 2005
Georgetown University, AB, summa cum laude, 2004

District of Columbia
New York

Courts / Agencies
US Supreme Court
US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

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Paul W. Hughes

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