Paul Hughes is a partner in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice in Mayer Brown's Washington DC office. He focuses his practice on briefing and arguing cases in appellate courts. Paul has argued in the Supreme Court and nine times in the federal appellate courts, including a case before the en banc Ninth Circuit. He has worked on more than 120 appellate matters
, including more than 65 cases before the US Supreme Court. Paul is a Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law
at the Yale Law School, where he co-teaches Yale’s Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic.
Paul has particular experience in intellectual property, banking and securities law, and transnational litigation. His clients include major technology firms, global financial institutions, and industry-leading trade associations. In December 2014, Paul argued the trademark case, Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank
, No. 13-1211, in the US Supreme Court. In October 2014, Paul argued a patent appeal from the International Trade Commission, Lelo v. ITC
, No. 13-1582, in the Federal Circuit.
In connection with Yale’s Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic
, Paul also regularly handles matters involving civil rights, immigration, and criminal defense before the Supreme Court. Paul has previously held appointments as an adjunct professor at Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, and Yale, where he taught international and constitutional law.
Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Paul served as a law clerk to the Honorable Diana Gribbon Motz, US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Paul received his JD from the Yale Law School, where he served as a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and was the recipient of the C. LaRue Munson Prize and the Chubb Prize. He received his MA in International Law & Politics, with distinction, and AB, summa cum laude, from Georgetown University.