Alex Hughes's practice emphasizes complex commercial litigation, internal investigations, and white collar criminal defense. His criminal practice has a strong transnational focus. He has represented individuals and entities in government investigations and prosecutions involving export-control regulations, money laundering, manslaughter, federal environmental laws, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). On the civil side, he has represented plaintiffs and defendants in disputes ranging from 7 to 10 figures in value. Before becoming a lawyer, Alex deployed to Mosul, Iraq and led soldiers in a counterinsurgency mission. He draws upon his experience in high-stakes, high-pressure environments to deliver level-headed counsel and top-tier results for clients in sensitive matters.
Prior to joining Jones Day, Alex worked as a litigator in the Los Angeles and Houston offices of major international law firms. During that time he was on the trial team for a client acquitted after a jury trial in federal court, represented a client who was presidentially pardoned, conducted investigations in foreign countries and across the United States, and conducted discovery and motions practice in class actions and other nationwide litigation.
Alex is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Houston Young Lawyers Association, USA Shooting, and the Pi Kappa Alpha President's Council. His law school note on the FCPA was published in The American Journal of Criminal Law.
- The University of Texas (J.D. with honors 2013; Inaugural Managing Online Content Editor, Texas Law Review; Order of Barristers; Mock Trial National Champion; Dean's Achievement Award in Torts); University of New Mexico (B.A. in History & Political Science magna cum laude 2006; Phi Beta Kappa)
- Texas, California, and U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas and Central District of California
- Intern, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission Summer Honors Law Program (2011); Captain, U.S. Army (2006-2010)
- Law Clerk: Judge Gregg J. Costa, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (2014) and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas (2013–2014)