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Hughes & Nelson

Douglas Hughes

Emily S. Nelson
5 Star Reviews

“Doug was awesome on my relocation case. I had lost my job and had to move out of state. My ex tried to take custody away. Doug's presentation was top notch, covering all the areas the court needed to hear. I was allowed to move right away with a great parenting plan. I would totally recommend him, worth every penny!”

A Satisfied Client


“We met with Mr. Hughes and went over our case, he was able to cut through all the hard legal terms we did not understand and help us understand the pros and cons of our case. We were able to resolve our issue without going to court and are very satisfied with the outcome. We would recommend Mr. Hughes to anyone looking for understanding, professional family Lawyer.”

Shawn


“Doug Hughes is a fantastic attorney. He is incredibly knowledgeable, honest and fair. He works hard and does his work for the right reasons. I have recommended him and will continue to do so. I couldn’t imagine what my family’s life would have been had we not found him.”

A Satisfied Client

5 Star Reviews

"Doug is competent and engagin. He shows a true passion for his Work. Doug has earned a reputation for being professional and courteous in his dealings with clients and fellow attorneys. I've previously worked with Doug and I know him to be an excellent litigator and negotiator."

Patrick Johnson, Government Attorney on Dec. 30, 2013


"Mr. Hughes and I have had several cases over the years and I've always found his representation of his clients to be superb. He is well respected in our community and is a zealous advocate for his clients. He and the attorneys of his firm adhere to the highest ethical standards and professionalism. I have no hesitation in recommending him or the attroneys in his firm."

Fellow Family Law Attorney


"Doug's high level of passion and legal knowledge were evident when he worked at the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office. He now exhibits that same passion in private practice."

Dallas Cooney


"Doug Hughes is an exceptional family law attorney. Many of my clients also have family law matters, and I refer them to Doug with confidence. Doug demonstrates compassion and sensitivity towards his clients while zealously advocating on their behalf. Any person with a family law matter will be well served by hiring Doug Hughes."

Criminal Defense Attorney

12 Endorsements
What Makes Douglas Hughes Uniquely Qualified To Represent You?

The approach to legal representation by Hughes & Nelson is truly unique. We work with clients to develop individual solutions to complex family law problems. From child custody, high conflict, or major asset issues, we work to identify many options and think creatively to find solutions to achieve client goals. Legal representation is a collaborative process between client and attorney, with the law and application to the specific case communicated to allow each client to make an informed decision about the direction of litigation. Having a history both as a litigator and trial attorney as well as cases negotiated or mediated to positive agreements, we are able to work through many potential solutions based on the facts of each case.

Family law and child custody cases also have considerations beyond the immediate nature of the case. In a child custody case, for example, there are the immediate concerns of a parenting plan or other court orders, but the age and needs of the children will present issues for years to come. Thinking through the needs of clients and families in these situations is important to providing value to each client. Instead of a sole focus on the immediate issue, we strive to integrate our response to current legal concerns to each client’s long term goals for the future of the new family units.

Spokane magzineThe ability to provide this creative and focused approach comes from my history. Prior to Hughes & Nelson, I was a Deputy Prosecutor in Spokane County.  I have practiced as a successful child custody and divorce attorney for several years.  I graduated from Washington State University and then attended law school at the University of Oregon.  After graduation from law school, I had my own law practice before beginning work as a deputy prosecutor.

I progressed in rank at the Spokane County Prosecutor’s office, rising to the level of felony prosecutor and was working on cases as diverse as Leading Organized Crime, Stolen Vehicles, and Human Trafficking.  From 2009-2011 I was the designated Spokane County Auto Theft Task Force Prosecutor.  I have litigated nearly one hundred cases to jury trial, some of these being high-profile cases.  Based on my reputation as one of the top prosecutors in Eastern Washington, I agreed to move into private practice.  I have developed very significant experience in family law, including litigation of many trial matters involving child custody disputes and major asset/business valuation issues.   In addition to the literally thousands of cases I handled as a prosecutor, I would estimate that I have successfully handled hundreds of family law cases over these years.

Hughes & Nelson, Attorneys as Law, PLLC, is devoted to private family law cases. I focus exclusively on divorce and child custody cases. I am a certified  guardian ad litem as well which helps to inform my child custody practice. I have also experience with asset and liability litigation.  I am rated a perfect 10 by AVVO in divorce and custody work.  I have been featured in Spokane Coeur d’Alene Magazine’s annual “Best Attorney” list on multiple occasions.  I have also spoken at numerous Washington State Bar Association approved Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses. These experiences provide a background that allows me to offer uniquely creative solutions to clients in the most difficult of family law, divorce and child custody cases.

Years Of Experience:
  • Over 19 Years
Awards & Associations:
  • Top Lawyer 2015 – 2017, Spokane+Coeur d’Alene Living Magazine
  • AVVO Client’s Choice Award 2013, 2019
  • Graduation Class Speaker 2000 (elected)
  • Spokane County Bar Assn. Family Law Section ( 2011 – Present)
  • Spokane County Bar Association   (2000 – Present)
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section (2011 – Present)
  • Washington State Bar Association (2000 – Present)
  • 1553PA Local – AFSCME (2002 – 2011), served as a board member and trustee

“Doug was awesome on my relocation case. I had lost my job and had to move out of state. My ex tried to take custody away. Doug's presentation was top notch, covering all the areas the court needed to hear. I was allowed to move right away with a great parenting plan. I would totally recommend him, worth every penny!”

A Satisfied Client


“We met with Mr. Hughes and went over our case, he was able to cut through all the hard legal terms we did not understand and help us understand the pros and cons of our case. We were able to resolve our issue without going to court and are very satisfied with the outcome. We would recommend Mr. Hughes to anyone looking for understanding, professional family Lawyer.”

Shawn


“Doug Hughes is a fantastic attorney. He is incredibly knowledgeable, honest and fair. He works hard and does his work for the right reasons. I have recommended him and will continue to do so. I couldn’t imagine what my family’s life would have been had we not found him.”

A Satisfied Client

5 Star Reviews

"Doug is competent and engagin. He shows a true passion for his Work. Doug has earned a reputation for being professional and courteous in his dealings with clients and fellow attorneys. I've previously worked with Doug and I know him to be an excellent litigator and negotiator."

Patrick Johnson, Government Attorney on Dec. 30, 2013


"Mr. Hughes and I have had several cases over the years and I've always found his representation of his clients to be superb. He is well respected in our community and is a zealous advocate for his clients. He and the attorneys of his firm adhere to the highest ethical standards and professionalism. I have no hesitation in recommending him or the attroneys in his firm."

Fellow Family Law Attorney


"Doug's high level of passion and legal knowledge were evident when he worked at the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office. He now exhibits that same passion in private practice."

Dallas Cooney


"Doug Hughes is an exceptional family law attorney. Many of my clients also have family law matters, and I refer them to Doug with confidence. Doug demonstrates compassion and sensitivity towards his clients while zealously advocating on their behalf. Any person with a family law matter will be well served by hiring Doug Hughes."

Criminal Defense Attorney

12 Endorsements