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Maura L. Hughes Partner

Maura is a partner in the litigation group, where her focus is on complex commercial litigation, antitrust and trade regulation litigation and counseling, and municipal civil rights defense.


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Her experience encompasses all aspects of litigation, including pretrial discovery, depositions, trial experience in both Ohio and federal courts, and appellate briefing and argument in Ohio Courts of Appeals, the Ohio Supreme Court and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She is also chair of the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Counseling and Litigation group.
Maura’s recent litigation experience includes:

  • Representing U.S. and foreign subsidiaries of a multi-national corporation in a federal MDL class action alleging an international price-fixing cartel;
  • Appearing as counsel in connection with an international arbitration alleging contract claims under a foreign supply agreement;
  • Serving as lead counsel for a financial institution in a multimillion-dollar Ohio class action, where she obtained a ruling limiting the scope of the class and successfully defended that ruling on appeal, and negotiated and implemented a favorable class settlement;
  • Successfully representing the U.S. subsidiary of a multi-national manufacturer in an international arbitration before the International Chamber of Commerce in Geneva, Switzerland, on contract claims valued over $50 million arising from the dissolution of a longstanding joint venture;
  • Representing a large medical insurer in litigation in connection with claims of multi-million dollar healthcare fraud by a provider.
  • Acting as lead counsel and successfully defending a financial services client in an action for accountant malpractice;
  • Serving as lead counsel and successfully defending a national financial institution on claims of negligence arising in connection with embezzlement by a depositor.

Maura’s work in the area of antitrust and trade regulation has included both litigation and client counseling on the Sherman Act and Robinson-Patman Act.  Her antitrust work includes handling federal filings and associated investigations under the Hart-Scott Rodino Act, as well as counseling clients regarding the antitrust implications of potential acquisitions. Maura regularly advises clients with respect to the antitrust risks associated with minimum resale or advertised pricing programs.  She has extensive experience in assisting clients in developing and implementing antitrust compliance programs, including education of executives and employees.

Maura’s antitrust experience includes:

  • Designing and implementing antitrust compliance education programs for several clients in highly concentrated industries;
  • Serving as lead counsel before the DOJ for an acquiring party purchasing a major competitor in the resulting investigation, obtaining clearance for the transaction and avoiding a Second Request.
  • Serving as counsel for individual employees involved as material witnesses in connection with criminal antitrust investigations;
  • Counseling clients and reaching out on their behalf to the Agencies with concerns regarding the acquisition activity of competitors;
  • Representing public and private companies in successful HSR filings;
  • Serving as second-chair trial counsel in a three-month antitrust trial  involving an alleged Sherman Act conspiracy.

Maura also serves as ethics counsel within the Firm, and counsels colleagues with respect to the Rules of Professional Responsibility and risk management issues.

For several years, Maura has served on the Board of Trustees of the Art Therapy Studio in Cleveland, where she is a former President of the Board.  Since 2008, she has been a Director of The Music Settlement in Cleveland, where she is currently Chair of the Board of Directors.  Maura also is past Chair of the Antitrust Section Council of the Ohio State Bar Association.

Maura often speaks at seminars on the national, state and local levels on the topics of antitrust counseling and litigation, ethics, and municipal liability.  She has taught as adjunct faculty at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Arizona State University College of Law in the areas of appellate advocacy and lawyering theory and practice.

Maura served as a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aldrich of the Northern District of Ohio before joining Calfee in 1994.  In 1999, she was awarded a Pegasus Scholarship by the American Inns of Court and spent three months at the Inns of Court in London, England.  In 2002, Maura was named as a fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation.  Maura became a partner at Calfee in 2003.