Meet Our Principal

MEET OUR PRINCIPAL

At the law office of Hughes Law Group, our family law firm specializes in providing marital and family law services throughout the state of Florida, with emphasis in the Tampa Bay area. We aggressively advocate for your interest and protect your confidences through the whole legal process. Our approach is professional, highly assertive, and yet sensitive to you. Our family law lawyer and staff are committed to providing you with superior and compassionate service.

Allyson Hughes | Attorney/Principal

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Allyson is the principal at Hughes Law Group. Allyson is Board Certified as a Marital and Family Law Specialist with over 30 years of experience. Allyson received her law degree, with honors, from the University of Florida in 1987. While at the University of Florida, Allyson was a Teaching Fellow for Appellate Advocacy and received the American Jurisprudence Book Award in Family Law.

Mediation friendly, Allyson has extensive experience in aggressive, courtroom litigation. With a keen interest in trial advocacy and teaching others, she revamped the Florida Bar’s Matrimonial Trial Advocacy multi-day program and served as its Co-Chair for 6 years. She also practices collaborative law and is an active board member within the Tampa Bay Academy of Collaborative Professionals. A leader in the legal community, she is former Chair of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar and former Co-Chair for the Florida Bar’s Family Law Section’s Legislative Committee, former Chair of the Publications Committee, and former Chair of the Continuing Education Committee. Locally, Allyson founded the West Pasco Family Law Committee and served as President of the West Pasco Bar Association. Allyson is frequently a lecturer and cited in respected directories and references, including a Top Florida Lawyer in Super Lawyers and a 10 rating in AVVO. Allyson has a Martindale-Hubbell AV rating and remains a sought-after divorce lawyer. She also testifies as an expert witness.

Allyson’s clients find that she demonstrates great common sense and provides a calm, cool demeaner, while aggressively pursuing their goals. Several of the firm’s clients have commented they were particularly impressed with Allyson’s attention to detail and preparation, which assisted in setting their case or getting the best result in the courtroom.

Allyson brings the same intensity she brings to her practice of law to her hobbies. Allyson’s hobbies include training and showing Morgan horses and photography. Allyson trains and shows Morgan horses on a Regional and National level, to multiple titles. Allyson states: “I enjoy working with such sensitive yet imposing creatures. They are 1,000 pounds of power that could easily damage a person, yet their intelligence allows you to channel their energies to your will.” Another of her interests is photography. “Photography is a great way to slow your mind down and appreciate the beauty and texture in life.”
 

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

Hattie Ernst | Office Administrator

Hattie Ernst joined Hughes Law Group in 2013 as the firm’s Office Administrator. Hattie moved to New Port Richey in 2003 from Naples, Florida. An avid sports fan, Hattie enjoys fishing and watching football and baseball.

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When you are facing a family law issue, you need a dedicated advocate who truly cares about your needs and is experienced in handling them properly. Contact Hughes Law Group today. We will take the time to listen to your story and strategize towards resolving your family law issues together. Make the right move. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you!

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