John Hughes

Hon. John J. Hughes (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator and Arbitrator

Case Manager
Brad McNamara
T: 215-246-9494
F: 215-246-0949
1717 Arch Street, Suite 3810, Philadelphia, PA 19103

John J. Hughes is available to conduct cases virtually. JAMS is equipped to provide virtual ADR services on a variety of online platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and more.


Hon. John J. Hughes (Ret.), a retired U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of New Jersey who joined JAMS in 2009, is a pioneer in the rapidly evolving field of electronic discovery. He participated in the formulation of one of the first local U.S. District Court rules for e-discovery and participated in a joint U.S. Courts Administrative Office/Department of Justice group that reported on electronic technology in the criminal justice system and recommended various innovations. Judge Hughes is highly regarded by counsel for skillfully settling complicated cases and for his ability to keep parties focused on the issues to reach an amicable resolution.

Representative Matters

  • Settled claim of invalid patent filed to make generic version of herpes medication; GlaxoSmithKline v. Ranbaxy
  • Settled four patent disputes regarding a heart congestion medicine:
    • Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries v. Dr Reddy’s Laboratories
    • Teva v. Ranbaxy
    • Teva v. Lupin
    • Teva v. Mylan
  • Settled trademark dispute involving cyber squatting; Trend Motors v. Grand Touring Motorcars
  • Settled dispute involving claim of infringement on “settlement program” patent; Cybersettle v. National Arbitration Forum
  • Settled and heard numerous trademark infringement cases including;
    • Terminix v. Terminite
    • Eurolite International v. Eurolite Inc.
  • Dispute involving alleged infringement on architectural floor plan design for residences; Scholz Design v. Coldwell Banker
  • Patent infringement case between two medical companies; Medavante v. ProxyMed Inc.
  • Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS
  • Recipient, Judge John F. Gerry Award from the Camden County Bar Foundation, 2013
  • Recipient, William J. Brennan, Jr. Award, Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, 2009
  • Recipient, Professionalism and Service to the Bar Award, Mercer County Bar Association, 2007
  • Recipient, Richard J. Hughes Catholic Charities Humanitarian Award, 2006
  • Recipient, Michael J. Nizolek Award from the Mercer County Bar Foundation, 2009
  • Recipient, Chief Judge Lawrence A. Whipple Award for excellence and devotion to law, Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, 1995
  • United States Judicial Conference Committee on Defender Services (Member 1997-2003)
  • Former Trustee for Georgian Court University, Newgrange School and Outreach Center, and Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey
  • Former Judicial Advisor to the District Court Lawyers Advisory Committee (1995-2009) and the District Court Historical Society (2000-2009)
  • Founding Master, Seton Hall Law School Inn of Court
  • Founding Master and First President, Mercer County American Inn of Court
  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Member, American Bar Association since 1972
  • Member, New Jersey Bar Association since 1972
  • First judicial advisor, Administrative Office/Department of Justice Joint Working Group on Electronic Technology in the Criminal Justice System
  • Conducted programs on trial advocacy, trial preparation/investigation, electronic discovery, complex civil litigation, federal and local rules, and other subjects for a variety of legal and professional organizations
  • Created CPR for Courtroom Lawyers and Judges, and other trial advocacy programs in electronic form, for presentation to bar associations, inns of court, law firms, government offices, law schools, and other groups, since 2000
  • Faculty, Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, Widener Law School, since 1988
  • Director, Meals on Wheels of Trenton-Ewing (1992 – present)
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge, District of New Jersey, 1991-2009
  • Assistant-in-Charge of Camden-Trenton Region, Federal Public Defender, 1976-1991
  • Assistant New Jersey State Public Defender, Essex/Hunterdon Regions, 1972-1976
  • Associate, Sterns and Greenberg, 1972
  • Law Clerk, New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, 1971
  • J.D., Villanova University, 1971
  • B.S., (Business Administration), Villanova University, 1968

Counsel Comments

    • "Our mediator John Hughes was critical to resolution. Opposing counsel was extremely difficult, and he handled the situation well."



Practice Areas

  • Antitrust
  • Arbitration
  • Business/Commercial
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Action/Mass Tort
  • Construction Defect
  • Employment
  • Entertainment and Sports
  • Environmental
  • Federal Judge
  • Governmental/Public Agency
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Life Sciences
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Property
  • Securities
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