James M. Hughes, Ph.D.

Jim Hughes has a broad range of experience litigating complex matters, including securities fraud, occupational disease and public client cases.


Focusing his practice on securities fraud, he develops strategic legal arguments, drafts and argues motions and litigates cases. Most notably, Jim was the lead Motley Rice lawyer in Bennett v. Sprint Nextel Corp. ($131 million settlement) and In re Barrick Gold Securities Litigation ($140 million settlement).

Involved with the firm’s representation of governmental entities, he works on opioid litigation against opioid manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies.

Jim has also represented industrial workers exposed to silica and asbestos in the workplace, arguing before appellate courts in Illinois and Minnesota on behalf of occupational disease victims. He has shared his experience with silica litigation and product identification at several national conferences, addressing the plaintiff's perspective and other pertinent issues.

A published author on several legal and academic themes, Jim’s law review article, “Informing South Carolina Capital Juries About Parole” (44 S.C. Law Review 383, 1993) was cited in 2000 by U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens in his dissenting opinion in Ramdass v. Angelone. His reported opinions include Ison v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. (Del. 1999), In re Minnesota Asbestos Litigation (Minn., 1996), W.R. Grace & Co. v. CSR Ltd., (Ill. App. Ct. 1996) and In re Tutu Wells Contamination Litigation (D.V.I. 1995). 

A former professor of philosophy, Jim began his legal career with the plaintiffs' bar after clerkships with the South Carolina Office of Appellate Defense and a business, employment and intellectual property defense firm. He is recognized as an AV® rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell®.

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J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 1993

Ph.D., University of Illinois, Chicago, 1983

M.A., University of Illinois, Chicago, 1976

B.A., University of Minnesota, 1975


American Association for Justice

South Carolina Association for Justice

Licensed In

  • South Carolina

Admitted to Practice Before

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, and Eleventh Circuits

U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina

Awards and Accolades

2019 Lawdragon 500 Plaintiff Financial Lawyers