William J. Hughes, Jr.

Hughes, Jr., William

Principal Morristown, NJ / Ocean City, NJ

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William J. ("Bill") Hughes, Jr. is an experienced litigator representing clients in federal white collar investigations and criminal defense, complex commercial litigation in the areas of cybersecurity, antitrust, fraud, intellectual property, director and officer (D&O) liability defense, commercial and shareholder disputes.

With a background as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Justice, Bill has a unique understanding of federal investigations and procedures.  In his role as Assistant U.S. Attorney, Bill was responsible for litigating and investigating a variety of cases including:  counterfeiting, bank robbery and theft, firearms violations, police bribery, assaults, narcotics cases - including Title III wiretaps and foreign extradition, money laundering, government loan fraud, credit card fraud, and criminal copyright and trademark infringement.  As a Trial Attorney for the Department of Justice, Bill was assigned to the Computers and Finance Section of the Antitrust Division where he handled antitrust merger and civil non-merger investigations and litigation.

Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Bill served as a Judicial Clerk with the Honorable John F. Gerry, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and Chairman of the Executive Committee for the United States Judicial Conference.

Bill achieved an L.L.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in 1998, a Juris Doctor with honors from Rutgers University Law School in 1993, a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Political Science from the Eagleton Institute of Politics and Public Policy in 1991, and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Franklin and Marshall College in 1989.

An active member of Boy Scouts of America, Jersey Shore Council, Bill serves as Vice President, having previously served as President.  Bill is also a board member and previous Chairman of Atlantic County Crimestoppers Foundation.

Speaking Engagements
  • "Data Privacy & CyberSecurity: Practical Steps to Protect Your School," New Jersey Association of School Administrators, Monroe Township, NJ, May 23, 2018. 
  • "Updating the Corporate Compliance Framework to Tackle Data Privacy and Cybersecurity," CBI's 15th Annual Pharmaceutical Compliance Congress, Washington, DC, April 24, 2018.
  • "Data Privacy & CyberSecurity: Practical Steps to Protect Your School," New Jersey Association of School Administrators' TECHSPO '18, Atlantic City, NJ, January 25, 2018.
  • "Playbook for Addressing a Data Breach," CBI's Data Privacy Summit for Life Sciences, Philadelphia, PA, October 30, 2017.
  • "Threat Briefing & Implementing Effective Cyber Security Measures," Porzio Life Sciences Privacy & CyberSecurity Forum, Morristown, NJ, October 25, 2017.
  • "Antitrust Resurgence: Managing Criminal And Civil Exposure," The Network of Trial Law Firms, New York City, August 4, 2017.
  • "The Inside View of the Confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch," CBI's 14th Annual Pharmaceutical Compliance Congress, Washington, DC, April 27, 2017.

Honors and Awards

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  • Bill has received numerous service awards from federal agencies including, U.S. Customs Service, U.S. Marshal's Service, U.S. Secret Service, Drug Enforcement Administration and United States Postal Service.

  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense: White-Collar (2020 - 2022).
    A description of the selection process can be found here.



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Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court, Eastern/Southern Districts of NY 
  • United States District Court, Western District of New York
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Tax Court


Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., L.L.M. Taxation, 1998

Rutgers University Law School, Camden, NJ, J.D., with Honors, 1993

  • Dean's Scholar; Dean's List

Eagleton Institute of Politics and Public Policy, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, M.A., Public Policy and Political Science, 1991

  • Eagleton Fellowship

Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, B.A., Government, 1989

  • Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Honor Society

Contact Address

100 Southgate Parkway

Morristown, NJ 07962-1997

Phone: 973.538.4006

Fax: 973.538.5146