Background and Mission
Maria Hughes first knew that she wanted to practice employment law when she was only a year or two out of law school. A family member had been demoted based upon his age, and he needed Maria to represent him. The experience greatly affected Maria, and it made her realize how important the workplace is in our lives.
Since that time, Maria has represented clients in various workplace disputes including, among others, disputes that arise from discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wage violations, Family Medical Leave Act violations, wrongful discharge, and reasonable accommodation.
Because she has represented employers in some instances and employees in other instances, Maria believes that she has gained a well-rounded legal perspective that allows her to anticipate the arguments of the opposing party and represent her clients more effectively.
West Virginia University College of Law (J.D., 1990)
- Honors: Order of the Coif
- West Virginia Law Review
- Recipient of Patrick Duffy Koontz Award for Scholastic Achievement
West Virginia University (B.S. 1987)
- Honors: Magna Cum Laude
- Beta Alpha Psi, National Accounting Honorary
- Georgia 1990-2004
- District of Columbia 1996-1997
- West Virginia 1997-present
- United States District Court for the S.D. of West Virginia
- United States District Court for the N.D. of West Virginia
- Pennsylvania 2010-2018
- North Carolina 2016-present
- United States District Court for the E.D. of North Carolina
- West Virginia Employment Lawyers Association
- National Employment Lawyers Association
- Leadership West Virginia Class of 2009
- Onslow County, N.C. Bar Association
- National Trial Lawyers Association
- NC Advocates for Justice, Employment Law Section
Prior Community Service
- Gabriel Project of West Virginia, Steering Committee for Metro Valley
- Gabriel Project of West Virginia, Board of Directors
- Mission West Virginia, Board of Directors
- Catholic Community Services Advisory Committee – Migration & Refugee Board
- St. Thomas Moore Catholic Society, Advisory Board
- Adoption Workshops in Collaboration with the Gabriel Project and Catholic Community Services
- Habitat for Humanity
Lambert v. Cabell County Commission et al., United States District Court for the S.D. of W.Va.
Representation of Lt. Lambert. Nature of suit: Gender discrimination. Settled. Case resolved Jan 12, 2015.
Stiltner v. Cabell County Commission et al., United States District Court for the S.D. of W.Va.
Representation of Ms. Stiltner. Nature of suit: Gender discrimination. Settled. Case resolved Sept 16, 2014.
Koch v. Town of Glasgow, et al., United States District Court for the S.D. of W.Va.
Representation of James Koch. Nature of suit: Civil rights violations, age discrimination & retaliation. Settled. Case resolved Sept 11, 2014.
McDowell v. Town of Sophia et al., United States District Court for the S.D. of W.Va.
Representation of Damon McDowell. Nature of suit: Civil rights violations, race discrimination & retaliation. Settled. Case resolved April 8, 2013.
Nagy v. West Virginia American Water Company, Circuit Court of Kanawha County.
Representation of James Nagy. Nature of suit: Age discrimination. Verdict for James Nagy 2009