Elizabeth S. Hughes

Elizabeth S. Hughes

Lexington, Kentucky
AV Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent - peer rated for highest level of professional excellence - 2018

Elizabeth has extensive litigation experience.  Over the course of her career, she has appeared in all the federal district courts in Kentucky, numerous Kentucky circuit, family and district courts, as well as in administrative forums; she has defended and prosecuted appeals to the Kentucky Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Kentucky and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.


Elizabeth’s litigation and appellate practice focuses primarily on criminal defense, family law, employment law and business disputes.  Her clients include corporations, small businesses and individuals.  She regularly participates in mediation to resolve civil and family law cases and is a strong advocate for her clients in all types of matters, both in and out of the courtroom.


Elizabeth has a diverse practice, which allows her to give advice and develop strategies with a more-informed perspective, particularly when coupled with her many years of trial work in these areas.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Defense
  • Civil Rights and Employment Law
  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 1991
    • Law Journal: Kentucky Law Journal, Associate Editor
  • Vanderbilt University
    • B.A. - 1988

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2018
  • Top 25 Women Kentucky Super Lawyers, 2007, 2011
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • American Bar Foundation, Life Fellow

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kentucky Bar Association, Criminal Law, Litigation and Labor and Employment Law Sections, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Fayette County Bar Association, Board Member, 1998 - 2006
  • Fayette County Bar Association, President, 2004 - 2005
  • Fayette County Bar Foundation, Vice President, 2007 - 2010
  • Fayette County Bar Foundation, Founding Fellow
  • Kentucky Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • Fayette County Pro Bono Program, Inc., Director, 2003 - 2007
  • Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, Inc., Director, 2005 - 2009
  • Kentucky Board of Bar Examiners, Examiner, 2002 - 2009
  • University of Kentucky College of Law Alumni, Director, 2005 - 2008