Our Team

Michael L. Hughes

Mike exemplifies a practical approach to law by working as a team with his clients to achieve a successful result through alternative dispute resolution or trial. He keeps his clients apprised of the status of their cases by providing evaluations of each matter early in the representation, as well as by updating them with any new information as it warrants. As a result, clients are able to benefit from the ability to assess exposure or potential recovery as the case progresses.

Mike has been lead counsel on several multimillion dollar construction related claims. His hands-on approach and knowledge of the construction industry benefit his clients by reducing or even eliminating claimed damages. He can read and interpret plans and specifications which makes depositions more productive. He has represented owners, general contractors, property management companies and condominium associations in construction claims. His reputation as a fierce litigator is well known in many parts of Kansas and Missouri.

Prior to starting his civil practice, he worked in the trucking industry where he managed an eight-state regional less-than-truckload motor freight carrier. His experience includes managing drivers, mechanics and administrative staff, as well as completion of safety initiatives. Unlike many attorneys, Mike has substantial knowledge of the internal day-to-day operations of a motor freight carrier and can offer a working knowledge of the trucking industry from both the operations and administrative functions.

PRACTICE AREAS:
  • Professional liability including real estate agents and brokers, engineers, architects, surveyors, and attorneys
  • Residential and commercial construction disputes
  • Condominium construction defects
  • Residential and commercial real estate disputes
  • Catastrophic claims
  • Large loss claims
  • Trucking accidents
  • Personal injury and death
  • Property damage claims
  • Insurance coverage
BAR ADMISSIONS
  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
EDUCATION
  • University of Missouri at Kansas City, J.D., 2002
    • Top 15% of class
    • Urban Lawyer, staff member
    • Served as a law clerk for two professors concerning evidence and property law
  • Baker University, BSM, 1998
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
PERSONAL
  • Mike is married and the proud father of two sons. He enjoys spending time with his family.