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Hugh has extensive experience representing corporate clients and financial institutions in complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts. He has successfully represented several Fortune 500 companies in major litigation, trying cases to successful jury verdicts. Hugh consistently has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® and is recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyers®. Hugh is recognized by Chambers USA as one of Ohio's leading attorneys in Commercial Litigation. Hugh recently achieved the AV Preeminent® Rating – the highest possible rating from Martindale Hubbell®.

In 2006, Hugh served a term as president of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and his 3Rs initiative in partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District has won numerous awards and become a national model. Hugh has received the Honorable William K. Thomas Professionalism Award from the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, as well as the President's Award.


  • University of Pennsylvania Law School  (J.D., 1981)
  • Brown University  (B.A., 1978)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Professional Associations

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, President, 2006-2007
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation, President, 2015-2016 
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Faculty Member
  • Eighth District Judicial Conference, Life Member
  • Harold Burton Chapter of the American Inns of Court, former President; Master Bencher 
  • Ohio State Bar Association

Honors & Awards


  • Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Board of Trustees
  • Cleveland Leadership Center, Board Member
  • Greater Cleveland Chapter of the American Red Cross, Chapter Chair, Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, Board of Directors
  • Cleveland Zoological Society, Board of Trustees, past Chair
  • The Diversity Center (fka NCCJ), Board of Trustees
  • The Human Fund, Board Member
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Visiting Committee
  • Cleveland City Club, Executive Committee, President, 2011-2012