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Of Counsel

T: 619-231-1661

F: 619-236-9271


William Hughes, a founding partner of Hughes & Nunn, is a Martindale – Hubble Preeminent Peer Rated Attorney with a rating of 5.0 of 5.0 which is the highest rating one can receive from attorneys and judges.


A former unrestricted line officer in the U.S. Navy and a lawyer in the Navy's Judge Advocate General's Corp (JAGC), Mr. Hughes began his civilian law practice upon the completion of active duty. His practice soon developed into a professionally rewarding and lasting relationship with the London insurance market in marine and non-marine assignments all over the world including in rem actions, liability, cargo, oil spills, recovery actions, salvage, coverage opinions and analysis, reinsurance consultancy and monitoring of litigation.

Mr. Hughes has also represented leading automobile manufacturers in products liability actions for much of his career and, since the early 2000s, whistleblowers (aka relators) in False Claims Act actions (aka Qui Tam) in courts across the country. He has recovered many tens of millions of dollars for the United States, the State of California and his clients in various False Claims Act and recovery/subrogation matters.

Mr. Hughes is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States [MLA], a world-wide organization. Mr. Hughes has been recognized with Proctor in Admiralty status by the MLA which is peer reviewed status based upon a demonstration of expertise in maritime practice as well as high standards of ethical and professional conduct. 


Mr. Hughes is also an Associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates [ABOTA] a national organization where membership is by invitation only to trial lawyers who are determined by fellow trial lawyers and judges to be of high personal character, honorable reputation and have tried the equivalent of 20 or more civil jury trials to verdict.


Admiralty Law, Insurance Coverage, Products Liability, Qui Tam/False Claims Act.


Boston College Law School (JD 1973)

Boston College (BS 1970)

Bar Admissions



Court Admissions

All California State Courts

All California Federal District Courts

All Massachusetts Federal and State Courts

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

United States Supreme Court


American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States

(Proctor in Admiralty)

San Diego County Bar Association

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