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Bradford G. Hughes

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Offices

Los Angeles

1055 West Seventh Street
Suite 2400
Los Angeles, CA 90017

San Francisco

One Embarcadero Center
Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Education
B.A., University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, 2003
J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California, 2006
State Bar Licenses
California
Court Admissions
U.S. District Ct., C.D. of California
U.S. District Ct., S.D. of California
U.S. District Ct., E.D. of California
U.S. District Ct., N.D. of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Bradford G. Hughes

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Bradford Hughes is an accomplished trial lawyer that also counsels commercial and transportation businesses on the management and avoidance of risk. 

Brad is counted on by Fortune 500 companies, closely-held businesses, emerging upstarts, and individuals facing litigation.  Outside of the courtroom, Brad is devoted to meeting the needs of growing and established businesses.

Representing businesses worldwide, Brad collaborates with clients to achieve profit-maximizing results, including artful management of client time, resources, and human capital, resulting in client saving/recovery of tens of millions of dollars.  Brad  has experience handling matters in intellectual property, cyber litigation, contractual disputes involving trade secrets/non-solicitation/non-competes, real estate disputes, and fiduciary/shareholder matters. 

Brad defends clients in catastrophic accidents, including wrongful death and severe and mild traumatic brain injuries.  He defends motor carriers across the nation, bringing proficiency with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and experience in managing emergency accident response teams. Brad also defends class action lawsuits including those arising out of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and employee classification issues following California’s AB5 independent contractor law. His experience in managing large class action cases includes defeating efforts at obtaining certification, resolving cases before certification, and defending cases where certification was achieved. 

Recent Experience

Wells Fargo v. Baker (2012) 204 Cal.App.4th 1063

Bradford represented Wells Fargo Bank, NA who sued California residents pursuant to California's Sister State and Foreign Money-Judgments Act. The California residents filed a Motion to Vacate the judgment on the grounds that Wells Fargo improperly availed itself of Iowa's long-arm statute as the bank was not a "resident of Iowa" and thus could not utilize the long-arm statute for service of process. The superior court granted the motion and vacated the judgment.  The Court of Appeal reversed and remanded, holding that the requirement that foreign corporations hold a certificate of authority to qualify as a "resident of Iowa," as it pertained to national banks, was preempted by the National Bank Act because it infringed upon the power of a national bank to sue as fully as natural persons. The Court ordered that Judgment be entered in favor of Wells Fargo for $998,111.15.

Pun & McGeady, et al. v. Marcum LLP - Court of Appeals of California, Fourth District, Division Three - 2019 WL 2284727

Bradford represented Marcum LLP at trial, and on appeal, against a complaint filed by Ken Pun and Pun & McGeady, LLP (Plaintiffs) regarding a 71-page purchase agreement by which Marcum sold to plaintiffs’ various assets and rights. The purchase agreement contained several noncompetition provisions, which Plaintiffs sought to rescind. Following a bench trial, the trial court determined the noncompetition provisions were unenforceable but severable, and consequently the court enforced the remainder of the purchase agreement. The court awarded Marcum royalties under the purchase agreement along with the attorneys’ fees and costs that had been incurred in the litigation over the purchase agreement in the total sum of $734,836.  In a unanimous decision, the Court of Appeal affirmed the ruling of the trial court and concluded that the invalid provisions of the purchase agreement were properly severed, and Plaintiffs did not have standing to sue for unfair competition. 

  • Successfully defended dispute regarding breaches of fiduciary duty in a closely-owned business arising out of complex debt structuring disagreement. 
  • Successfully advised clients through COVID-109
  • Defended start up business against claims of breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Prosecuted breach of contract case against professional services provider resulting in more than $2,500,000 recovered for client.
  • Prosecuted UCC-secured rights on behalf of creditor recovering more than $1,000,000 in assets.
  • Successfully defended a debt-collector against claims of defamation and misappropriation of consumer accounts involving numerous debt-collection entities and Federally chartered credit union.
  • Obtained defense verdict in TCPA case involving dispute over use of an auto-dialer to collect consumer debt.
  • Successfully resolved FDCPA class action in pre-litigation settlement hearing.
  • Advised clients on restructuring of labor classification and avoidance of potential Private Attorney General Act claim.
  • Successfully defended numerous wrongful death cases involving passenger vehicles, motorcycles, pedestrians, buses, and warehousemen. 
  • Defended traumatic brain injury and mild traumatic brain injury cases involving OSHA-involved disputes, commercial motor vehicles and loading dock accidents.
  • Defended motor carriers in catastrophic personal injury actions, including permanent disability, amputee, and paraplegic matters.
  • Successfully prosecuted subrogation matters involving workers’ compensation liens, property damage, and contribution recovery.
  • Counseled clients on credit structuring and bankruptcy matters, including presentation of creditors in Chapters 7, 11 and 13 proceedings, including before the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Court of Appeal.
Awards/Achievements
Bradford has been selected to the Southern California Rising Stars list from 2014 – 2020.
Super Lawyers Rising Stars Southern California 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 Top 100
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell
Litigation Management Institute (LMI) Certified Legal Management Professional, 2015
Memberships
Defense Research Institute — Trucking Law Committee
Defense Research Institute — New to Trucking / Young Lawyers Specialized Litigation Group (Chair)
American Bar Association — Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee (Vice-Chair)
The Transportation & Logistics Council
Trucking Industry Defense Association
Transportation Lawyers Association
California Moving & Storage Association
American Bankruptcy Institute
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
CLM Claims College – School of Transportation, Faculty
Newsletter Alerts
Monetizing Your Digital Fingerprint: Ninth Circuit Revives Privacy Lawsuit Against Facebook Over User TrackingCalifornia Court of Appeal Holds Intrastate Drivers Who Participate in Interstate Commerce Exempt From Federal Arbitration Act Online Providers of Third Party Content Cannot be Forced to Remove Defamatory StatementsPresumed Employee: California Supreme Court Reverses Old Classification Test for Delivery Drivers in Wage and Hour Class Actions
Articles
Quoted, "Transportation Cases To Watch In 2021," Law360, January 3, 2021Quoted, "Trucking Targets 'Nuclear' Verdicts," Transport Topics, September 16, 2020Quoted, "NJ Ruling Opens State Battles On Transpo Worker Exemption," Law360, July 16, 2020Quoted, "Defiant Tesla Sues Calif. County, Reopens Plant In Power Play," Law360, May 11, 2020Quoted, "Transportation Cases To Watch In 2020," Law360, January 1, 2020Quoted, " The Biggest Transportation Rulings Of 2019," Law360, December 19, 2019Co-Authored, "Preparing Your Driver for Direct and Cross-Examination at Trial," DRI For the Defense, December 2019Quoted, "Trucking Industry Preemption Battles To Watch," Law360, October 3, 2019Quoted, "Transport Cos. Prep For Impact Of Calif.'s Dynamex Bill," Law360, September 16, 2019Quoted, "Trucking Cos. Hit Rough Patches In Calif. Classification Fights," Law360, April 4, 2019Quoted, "The Biggest Trucking Injury Awards Of 2018," Law360, December 17, 2018Quoted, "The Biggest Transportation Rulings Of 2018," Law360, December 14, 2018Co-Authored, "Attacking Lawyer-Driven Treatment," DRI For the Defense, December 2018Quoted, "Supreme Court Case Could Block Motor Carriers From Using Arbitration for Contractor Disputes," Transport Topics, October 11, 2018Authored, "Classification Confusion For Transportation Cos. At 9th Circ.," Law360, October 2, 2018Quoted, "9th Circ. Truckers Ruling Drives Home Limits Of Preemption," Law360, September 11, 2018Quoted, "Plaintiffs Bar Is Steering Truck Crash Cases To Mega Verdicts," Law360, August 6, 2018Quoted, "Trucking Cases to Watch in the 2nd Half of 2018," Law360, July 17, 2018
Presentations
"A Brave New World in Trucking Litigation," Magna Legal Services, August 5, 2020"Carmack Amendment," Transportation Seminar, BFL CANADA, February 18 - 20, 2020"Direct and Cross-Examination of Your Driver," Trucking Law Primer, Defense Research Institute (DRI), June 26, 2019"Winning Strategies for Litigation and Trial," Transportation Megaconference XIV, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), American Bar Association, March 21, 2019“Don’t Be A Turtle: Handling The Reptile Theory And The High Profile Transportation Case,” Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Conference, American Bar Association, May 3, 2018"Attacking Plaintiffs’ Lawyer-Driven Treatment and How to Stop the Cutting," Trucking Law Conference, Defense Research Institute (DRI), April 26, 2018
News
Clark Hill Attorney Bradford Hughes Quoted in Transport Topics Article “Trucking Industry Sees Wins in Battle Against Nuclear Jury Verdicts”Clark Hill Attorney Bradford Hughes to Present Trucking Litigation Webinar Hosted by Magna Legal ServicesClark Hill Attorney Bradford Hughes Quoted in Law360 on New Jersey Ruling on Employers’ Arbitration Agreements for Transportation WorkersSeven Clark Hill Attorneys Named to 2020 Southern California Rising Stars ListClark Hill Attorney Bradford Hughes Quoted in Law360 Article, “Defiant Tesla Sues Calif. County, Reopens Plant In Power Play”Member Bradford Hughes Quoted in Law360, “The Biggest Transportation Rulings Of 2019” Clark Hill Attorney Bradford Hughes Published in DRI For the Defense, "Preparing Your Driver for Direct and Cross-Examination"Member Bradford Hughes Quoted in Law360 Article on Upcoming Legal Clashes Involving Trucking Industry Member Bradford Hughes Quoted in Law360 Article on State Bill’s Impact for Trucking Companies in CaliforniaMember Bradford Hughes Admitted as CLM Claims College – School of Transportation FacultyClark Hill Attorneys Named to 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars ListMember Bradford Hughes Quoted in Law360 Article on Employee Classifications for Trucking Companies in CaliforniaMember Bradford Hughes to Present at the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section 2019 Transportation Megaconference XIV Trucking and Motor Carrier LitigationMember Bradford Hughes Quoted in Law360, “The Biggest Trucking Injury Awards Of 2018,” December 2018Member Bradford Hughes Quoted in Law360, “The Biggest Transportation Rulings Of 2018,” December 2018Member Bradford Hughes Published in DRI For the Defense, "Attacking Lawyer-Driven Treatment"Member Bradford Hughes Quoted in Transport Topics, "Supreme Court Case Could Block Motor Carriers From Using Arbitration for Contractor Disputes"Clark Hill Member Bradford Hughes Published in Law360, "Classification Confusion For Transportation Cos. At 9th Circ."Clark Hill Member Bradford Hughes Quoted in Law360, “Plaintiffs Bar Is Steering Truck Crash Cases To Mega Verdicts,” August 2018Clark Hill Member Bradford Hughes Quoted in Law360, “Trucking Cases To Watch In The 2nd Half Of 2018,” July 2018Four Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Southern California Rising Stars 2018 ListClark Hill Attorney Bradford Hughes to Present at the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Conference, May 3, 2018Clark Hill Attorney Bradford Hughes to Present at the DRI Trucking Law Conference, April 26, 2018Clark Hill Adds Transportation Litigation Attorney in Los Angeles Office