Allyson Hughes

ALLYSON HUGHES

Allyson Hughes is a knowledgeable and experienced family law attorney. Ms. Hughes received her law degree, with honors, from the University of Florida in 1987. While at the University of Florida, Ms. Hughes was a Teaching Fellow for Appellate Advocacy. While at University of Florida Ms. Hughes took a special interest in Family Law where she received the highest grade in her class, the American Jurisprudence Book Award in Family Law. Ms. Hughes continued her keen interest in Family Law and eagerly sought out becoming board certified by the Florida Bar in Marital and Family Law, a recognition shared by only 6 percent of Florida attorneys. She continues to practice as a family law specialist, practicing exclusively in that area. To continue in her belief in the certification program, Ms. Hughes has been a member of the Marital and Family Law Certification Committee, the body responsible for drafting and grading the yearly certification exams.

In addition to running her family law office, Ms. Hughes has maintained a leadership role within the legal community, statewide as well as locally. She was the 2007 – 2008 Chair of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar. While the Section chair, Ms. Hughes furthered her goal of reducing acrimony between parents in child custody cases. Under her leadership, the ground breaking Parenting Bill was shepherded by the Family Law Section and passed by the Florida legislature. “This was a huge accomplishment for divorcing families in Florida, particularly, for our children,” says Hughes. “Parents should be seen as equally participating in their children’s lives, not having to be labeled with outdated nomenclature such as primary and secondary parents. “

Another program spearheaded by Hughes’ leadership was the focus on Guardians ad litem in dissolution of marriage cases. “I felt there was a real need for GAL’s in divorce cases. The courts need an unbiased voice for the children so they can make informed decisions that are in the best interests of the children, particularly in high conflict cases.”  The program started by Hughes has come to fruition with a pilot program to train volunteer attorneys as a valuable assistance to the court.

Prior to becoming Chair to the Family Law Section, Ms. Hughes served as the Editor of the Florida Bar Family Law Section publication, The Commentator. From 2000-2005, she was a member of Family Law Section Executive Council. In 1999-2001, she was the Co-Chair for the Florida Bar Family Law Section’s Continuing Legal Education Committee and has been an active member of that committee in her commitment to raising the level of practice for her fellow practitioners. She continues to participate as a Chair and advisor on seminars on a yearly basis. “I love lecturing and chairing seminars. It’s a great way to give back to my legal community, but I probably get as much out of it as they do. There is frequently something new to learn that can benefit my clients,“ says Hughes.  She served as Co-Chair of the Family Law Section’s Legislative Committee during 2003-2004. Ms. Hughes is past President of the West Pasco Bar Association. She was also the founder and Chair of the West Pasco Family Law Committee. “I feel privileged to be able to practice Family Law in the Tampa Bay area. I’m always looking for ways to make a difference in the lives of families who are often going through a very difficult time in their lives.”

HONORS

  • The Florida Bar Board Certified-Marital and Family Law, 1998
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated
  • AVVO Rated 10 Superb
  • University of Florida College of Law-Book Award-Family Law
  • University of Florida College of Law J.D.- graduated with honors (1987)
  • Florida Atlantic University, B.A. Political Science (1984)
  • Broward Community College, A.A. (1981)
  • Florida Super Lawyers in Marital and Family Law 2007 to present

MEMBERSHIPS

COMMITTEES

  • Family Law Certification Committee,  Chair (2012 -13); Vice Chair 2010-2012; member 2004-present
  • The Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Chair (2007 – 2008)
  • The Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Executive Council (2000 – 2005)
  • The Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Publications Chair, and Editor, The Commentator, (2004 – 2005)
  • The Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Continuing Legal Education Committee (1995 – 2006); Secretary (1997); Vice Chair (1998); Co-Chair (1999 – 2001); Chair Emeritus (2002)
  • The Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Legislative Committee, Co-Chair (2003 – 2004)
  • The Florida Bar, Attorney Fee Arbitration Committee (2003 – 2004)
  • Sixth Judicial Circuit Task Force (2000)
  • West Pasco Bar Association, Founder and Chair of Family Law Committee (1995 – 1999) (2001) (2004 – 2007) (2009-present)
  • The Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Ethics and Attorney’s Fees Committee (1997 – 1999)
  • West Pasco Pro Se Advisory Committee (1997 – 2004)
  • West Pasco Bar Association; President (2002)
  • Pasco Access Center Task Force; Organizer and Chair (1998 – 2004)
  • The Florida Bar, Continuing Legal Education Committee; Family Law Representative (1998 -1999)
  • Pasco Fine Arts Council, Chair (1998 – 2002)

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS & PUBLICATIONS (WITHIN THE LAST 10 YEARS)

  • Program Advisor, Matrimonial Trial  Advocacy Seminar, The Florida Bar, 2013
  • Program Chair, Guardian Ad Litem Training Seminar, West Pasco Bar Association, 2012
  • Program Chair, Matrimonial Trial Advocacy Seminar, The Florida Bar, 2011
  • Speaker, Examining Parenting Plan Evaluators, Matrimonial Trial Advocacy Seminar, The Florida Bar, 2011
  • Program Co-Chair, Matrimonial Trial Advocacy Seminar August, 2009
  • Speaker, Paralegal Registration and Opportunities, Ethical Issues, FLACC, 2009
  • Speaker, Parenting Plans/Developmental Stages, The Florida Bar April, 2008
  • Article, “Managing Your parenting Cases,”  The Commentator, The Florida Bar Family Law Section, 2008
  • Speaker, Leadership Conference, The Florida Bar, 2006
  • Speaker, Initial Office Contacts and Handling Clients Through Trial, The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Young Lawyers Division, Florida Bar, 2006
  • Speaker, Matrimonial Certification Review, The Florida Bar, 2006
  • Program Co-Chair, Matrimonial Trial Advocacy Seminar, The Florida Bar, 2005
  • Speaker, Direct and Cross Examination, Matrimonial Trial Advocacy Seminar, The Florida Bar, 2005
  • Article, “Addressing Frustrations: Handouts for Family Law Clients,” The Florida Bar Family Law Section, The Commentator, 2005
  • Article, “Mediation Hot Tips,” The Florida Bar Family Law Section, The Commentator, 2005
  • Program Co-Chair, When the Love Boat Becomes the Titanic, The Florida Bar, 2004
  • Program Co-Chair, Matrimonial Certification Review, The Florida Bar, 2003
  • Program Co-Chair, Matrimonial Trial Advocacy Seminar, The Florida Bar, 2003
  • Speaker, Direct and Cross Examination, Matrimonial Trial Advocacy Seminar, The Florida Bar, 2003

CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION (WITHIN THE LAST 10 YEARS)

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 35th Annual Seminar, 2013
  • Marital and Family Law Review Course, 2013
  • Up Periscope, Get a Good Look at Offshore Income and High Asset Divorce Taxation, 2013
  • Analytical Steps to a Well Organized , Concise and Engaging Trial: How to Impress the Judge, 2012
  • Common Evidentiary Foundations for Family Law Litigation, 2012
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 34th Annual Seminar, 2012
  • Guardian Ad Litem Training Seminar, 2012
  • Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements, 2012
  • Marital and Family Law review Course, 2012
  • Taking and Defending Depositions, 2011
  • Using Performance Techniques to improve Your Advocacy Skills, 2011
  • 16th Annual Certification Leadership Conference, 2011
  • Matrimonial Trial Advocacy seminar, 2011
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers April, 2011 32nd Annual Seminar
  • Premarital Agreements: Representing the Stronger/Weaker Party; April, 2011
  • 2011 Marital and Family Law Review Course January, 2011
  • Family Law Case Law Update 2010 November, 2010
  • Find Info Like a Pro September, 2010
  • Charging liens, Retaining Liens, and Enforcement in Family Law Cases  August, 2010
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 32nd Annual Seminar  April, 2010
  • 2010 Marital and Family Law Review Course February, 2010
  • Interactive Roundtable Discussion February, 2010
  • American Bar Association ABA Center for Continuing January, 2010
  • Legal Education: Client Trust Accounts January, 2010
  • Legal Education: Divide and Conquer September, 2009
  • Matrimonial Trial Advocacy Seminar August, 2009
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 31st Annual Seminar, April, 2009
  • Parenting Plans: Why? What? How? February, 2009
  • The Last Thirty Days Before Trial January 2009
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 30th Annual Institute Symposium on Marital and Family Law, May, 2008
  • How to identify, Represent and Litigate Against the Mentally Ill or Addicted Party,  March, 2008
  • Specialized Divorce Tax Issues, January, 2008
  • Parenting Coordinators – Who Are They and Can They Help?, November 2007
  • Domestic Relations Legislative Update 2007, July, 2007
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 29th Annual Institute Symposium on Marital and Family Law, May, 2007
  • Crunching the Numbers – A Financial Workout for Matrimonial Lawyers, March 2007 Representing the Physician, February 2007
  • Matrimonial Law Certification Review, January, 2007 Family Law Ethics – A View From the Bench October 2006
  • Changes: The Future of Custody Litigation, September 2006
  • Family Law Legislative Update, July 2006
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 28th Annual Seminar, May 2006
  • Matrimonial Law Certification Review , February 2006
  • Child Support and Alimony: Investigating the Numbers, March 2005
  • Representing the Physician, February 2005
  • Matrimonial Law Certification Review, February 2005
  • Changes: The Future of Custody Litigation, September 2006
  • Â Family Law Legislative Update, July 2006
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 28th Annual Seminar, May 2006
  • Matrimonial Law Certification Review , February 2006
  • Child Support and Alimony: Investigating the Numbers, March 2005
  • Representing the Physician, February 2005
  • Matrimonial Law Certification Review, February 2005
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 26th Annual Seminar, May 2004
  • Matrimonial Law Certification Review, February 2004
  • Valuation & Accounting Issues in Matrimonial Cases, September 2003
  • Matrimonial Trial Advocacy, August 2003
  • Matrimonial Law Certification Review, February 2003