PETER J. HUGHES
Peter, a fourth-generation Californian, was born and raised in Los Angeles. His great-grandfather was the undersheriff of San Barbara County. After receiving his J.D. from Stanford in 1953, Peter served three months in enlisted status in the Army followed by three years as a JAG lieutenant. He then became an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles and later headed the San Diego branch office. Peter found his true calling when during his first week in private practice he was appointed to a capital murder case and was successful in saving the client's life. That is the only time one of his clients had to go through the penalty phase. His professional career has been almost exclusively devoted to the defense of criminal cases in the state and federal courts.
Peter has been involved in many bar-related activities. He has been a member of Consumer Attorneys since its inception. In 1976 he was elected to represent San Diego and Imperial Counties on the State Bar Board of Governors, following which he served on the Judicial Council. He holds the rank of Advocate with the American Board of Trial Advocates and was president of the San Diego Chapter. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Peter has been a certified specialist in criminal law since the program's inception and is a Diplomate in Criminal Law of the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He currently serves on the San Diego County Bar Ethics Committee and the Board of Directors of the Criminal Defense Bar Association.
Peter has been a trustee of the University of San Diego since 1973 (chairing the Board from 1996 to 1999). He and his wife Doris have four adult children and nine grandchildren. In addition to spending time with them, Peter's major hobby/distraction is driving the race care he owns.
Peter was the 1992 recipient of the Daniel T. Broderick III Award and has received many other professional honors and awards. He has been on the list of Best Lawyers in America for many years.
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