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L. Bradfield Hughes

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  • 41 South High Street
    Suite 2900
    Columbus, OH 43215

Contact Information

Brad, partner in Porter Wright’s Litigation Department and member of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group, represents clients in appeals, original actions, and complex commercial litigation.

After graduating from the University of Dayton School of Law, Brad clerked for two years in the chambers of former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Deborah L. Cook (now United States Court of Appeals Judge for the Sixth Circuit). Since joining the firm in 2001, Brad has focused on appellate practice, public utilities law, and commercial and environmental litigation.

Due to his clerkship at the Ohio Supreme Court, Brad participates in many of the firm’s cases pending in that Court, assisting co-counsel with jurisdictional memoranda, merit briefs, original actions and preparations for oral argument.

Brad has assisted electric utilities in rate cases, in their siting of new transmission capacity, and in major environmental enforcement actions. He has represented a major coal mine in the Ohio Reclamation Commission and assisted a major telecommunications provider in IP-based services in Ohio. In addition, Brad has assisted oil and gas clients in appeals before the Supreme Court of Ohio and in matters before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

Brad advises wireless telecommunications carriers on matters of new cell site deployment to build out legacy and state-of-the-art wireless technologies. His experience includes providing counsel on issues related to 3G and 4G LTE upgrades using macro and distributed antenna system (DAS) technologies. This includes administrative permitting proceedings, zoning and rights-of-way disputes, and related litigation in federal courts arising under applicable federal laws, including the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.

Representative Matters

Appellate Practice

  • Represented investor-owned utilities in power siting and rate-related appeals to the Ohio Supreme Court.
  • Obtained discretionary review in the Ohio Supreme Court and a precedent-setting decision on behalf of a title insurance company in an appeal regarding Ohio’s Statute of Frauds.
  • Protected an investor-owned utility’s trade secrets and critical energy infrastructure information from public disclosure pending appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court.


  • Obtained a conditional writ of habeas corpus in federal court on behalf of a Death-Row inmate.
  • Represented a major U.S. manufacturer in adversary proceedings brought in bankruptcy court.
  • Obtained a significant arbitration award on behalf of a pharmaceutical services provider.
  • Assisted an investor-owned utility in New Source Review enforcement actions.
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