Hugh focuses his practice on business and intellectual property litigation. His business litigation practice focuses on complex financial transactions and commercial disputes across multiple sectors. His intellectual property litigation practice includes patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret litigation in diverse technological areas across many industries. Hugh has more than two decades of experience utilizing his considerable knowledge to counsel clients in a wide variety of industries on critical challenges facing their businesses. With a broad range of experience in complex issues, he offers his clients a nuanced perspective on the convergence of technology, business, and law. He dispenses C-suite level guidance to large corporations confronting complicated and difficult challenges, including bet-the-company matters. He has represented a variety of clients, from corporations and professional sports franchises to investor groups and high net worth individuals, in disputes valued at more than $4 billion. He has tried cases in federal court and has extensive arbitration and mediation experience. Hugh also obtained a secret clearance with the United States government as a result of some of his engagements.
In 2009, Hugh was elected to the American Law Institute, where he has been an active member, working on Restatement of the Law, Copyright and Restatement of the Law, Torts: Defamation and Privacy.
Pro bono is very important to Hugh. He is a founding trustee of a 501(c)(3) organization known as the Save Spriggs Farm Foundation that coordinated a number of different state, local, and national funding sources to raise more than $3 million to preserve a 50-acre farm on the Magothy River outside Annapolis. He also defended a Baltimore-based Iranian Synagogue in a copyright dispute over architectural drawings for its new synagogue. Hugh serves on the Equal Justice Council for the Maryland Legal Bureau and is a member of the board of directors of Living Classroom National Capital Region.
Hugh earned his bachelor’s degree from Pomona College where he played varsity baseball. Hugh earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School. In 2011, Hugh participated in the Harvard Business School Law Leadership Program.