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ATTORNEY CRAFT HUGHES

W. Craft Hughes is an aggressive litigator — representing whistleblower clients in wrongful termination and retaliation lawsuits with his principle office in Houston, Texas. His knowledge and access to a network of essential experts contribute to his success in representing victims and individuals in legal claims including whistleblower retaliation, wrongful termination, False Claims Act, qui tam, pharmaceutical drug litigation, consumer protection, false advertising, Medicare fraud, Texas Medicaid fraud, healthcare fraud, government contractor fraud, eminent domain, condemnation and complex commercial litigation.

Born in Anson, Texas, W. Craft Hughes earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Information Systems in 2000 from Texas Tech University, and his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law in 2004.

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, 2016
  • Texas, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 2005
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 2011

Education

  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. – May, 2004
    • Honors: Mock Trial
  • Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
    • B.B.A. – December, 2000
    • Honors: Dean’s List/Honors College
    • Major: Information Systems

Read the Texas Lawyer profile by Miriam Rozen, “Litigator of the Week: Fast Weapon, Fast Results” 8/26/13.

W. Craft Hughes has received accolades from his peers in several publications. In a statewide attorney survey published in Texas Monthly magazine, Mr. Hughes was selected for inclusion in the 2013 “Texas Super Lawyers” list at the age of 35—one of the youngest lawyers in Texas to be selected. Each year, no more than five percent of lawyers in Texas are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

Mr. Hughes obtained the highest rating of AV Preeminent in the national Martindale–Hubbell legal directory, which is a significant rating accomplishment. A testament to the fact that a Mr. Hughes’ peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.

Areas of Practice

  • Whistleblower Claims
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Retaliation Claims
  • Qui Tam
  • Pharmaceutical Drug Litigation
  • Bad Faith Insurance
  • Consumer Protection
  • Class Actions — Plaintiff
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Federal Trial Practice
  • Multidistrict Litigation
  • Texas Trial Practice
  • Assault & Battery — Plaintiff

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame, Honoree
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Association Justice, Member
  • Houston Trial Lawyer’s Association
  • Texas Young Lawyer’s Association
  • Houston Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Craft Hughes Law, P.C., Founder & President, July 20, 2006 – Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Texas Young Lawyers Assn-National Trial Committee, 2006 – 2007

Community Activities

  • Former Precinct Chairman – Harris County Democratic Party
  • Member of Palmer Episcopal Church