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Peter Hughes • Shareholder

Ogletree Deakins • Morristown, New Jersey

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Ogletree Deakins
10 Madison Avenue
Suite 402
Morristown, New Jersey 07960
phone 973.656.1600
fax  973.656.1611


A seasoned litigator and trial attorney, Peter Hughes has represented companies in virtually every kind of lawsuit and administrative proceeding an employer might face, including every variety of discrimination, wrongful termination, and workplace harassment claim. He has teamed with management to defeat union organizing campaigns at his clients? facilities. When necessary, he also has protected clients by prosecuting lawsuits against former employees who threatened to steal customers, trade secrets, and business. Clients have trusted him to represent them in courts throughout the United States. More importantly, Mr. Hughes helps employers avoid trouble in the first place and minimize the threat of litigation. This involves not only addressing issues as they arise, but also taking a proactive approach to help management develop policies and procedures that allow the company to both comply with the law and perform effectively. Combining his extensive litigation experience with a businessman’s perspective, he brings a ?real world? approach to resolving complex issues that arise under laws like the Americans With Disabilities Act, ERISA, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. When the issues are not clear, when there is no ?right? answer, he works with management to provide nuanced solutions that minimize risk and allow the company to get on with business. It was precisely this kind of sophisticated, integrated service that he sought to provide when he co-founded the firm, Stanton Hughes, in 1995, after having helped build a labor and employment practice at another prominent New Jersey firm. He joined Ogletree Deakins in January 2004. Mr. Hughes also works to educate both attorneys and non-attorneys on legal issues. As an adjunct professor for Business Law in Fairleigh Dickinson University’s M.B.A. (For Executives) Program, he lectured on a variety of subjects, including forming and financing businesses, anti-trust, and contracts as well as labor and employment law. In addition, he serves as a lecturer on employment law issues for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the Association of Corporate Counsel of America (“ACCA”) and is a contributing author of New Jersey Labor and Employment La. He is a past member of the Sidney Reitman Employment Law American Inn of Court (1997-99) and John J. Gibbons American Inn of Court for Intellectual Property Law (1993-1995).  Mr. Hughes also is listed in Best Lawyers in America for labor and employment law.


  • College: B.A., Franklin & Marshall College, 1984
  • Law School: J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, 1987

Bar Admissions

New Jersey, 1987, United States District Court, District of New Jersey, 1987, United States District Court, Northern District of Texas, 1996, United States District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2003, United States District Court, District of Colorado, 2004, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 2000, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1989, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1996, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 2000
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