Maura's legal practice focuses on complex business litigation, antitrust litigation, and antitrust and trade regulation counseling. 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.

Maura’s recent litigation experience includes:

  • Representing as lead counsel U.S. and foreign subsidiaries of a multi-national corporation in a federal MDL class action alleging an international price-fixing cartel; 
  • Serving as lead counsel in the trial and appeal, and obtaining a multi-million dollar verdict, for an Ohio municipality seeking return of overcharges from a state agency;
  • Defending a large health insurer in class action litigation arising from payments made by its plan customers;
  • Obtaining for a multi-national corporate client a $10 million judgment before an arbitration panel of the International Chamber of Commerce, successfully asserting contract claims under a foreign supply agreement; 
  • Successfully representing the U.S. subsidiary of a multi-national manufacturer in an international arbitration before the International Chamber of Commerce on contract claims valued over $50 million arising from the dissolution of a longstanding joint venture; 
  • Representing a health insurer in litigation in connection with contract claims and counterclaims of multi-million dollar healthcare fraud by a provider, and obtaining a favorable settlement with no financial liability on the part of the client; 
  • 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.

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Maura’s work in the area of antitrust and trade regulation has included both litigation and client counseling on the Sherman Act, Robinson-Patman Act, and state antitrust law. 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 and competition law 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 during a DOJ merger clearance investigation for an acquiring party purchasing a major competitor in the aviation industry, obtaining clearance for the transaction, and avoiding a Second Request;
  • Serving as lead counsel before the FTC in a merger clearance investigation in a billion-dollar transaction in the food industry, and obtaining clearance without 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 many public and private companies in successful Hart-Scott Rodino filings;
  • Serving as second-chair trial counsel in a three-month antitrust trial involving an alleged Sherman Act conspiracy. 

Maura was named a 2018 “Notable Woman in Law” by Crain’s Cleveland Business. Crain’s annual “Notable Women in Law” edition recognizes some of the most influential women leaders practicing in Northeast Ohio law firms. Maura was also awarded the “YWCA Woman of Excellence” award in 2011, which recognizes the contributions of exceptional women within their organization. She was selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers (2012-2018) and has previously been named to the “Top 25 Women Lawyers” in Cleveland and the “Top 50 Women Lawyers” lists in Ohio rankings.

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 served as Chair of the Board of Directors from 2014-2017. Maura is also a 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 topics of antitrust counseling and litigation and the ethical obligations of attorneys. 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.

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Practice Areas

Education

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1993
  • Brown University, A.B., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1990

Admissions

  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. District Courts (Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio)
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Sixth and Tenth Circuits

Contact Maura

  • mhughes@calfee.com
  • 216.622.8335
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Practice Areas

  • Business, Corporate and Commercial Litigation
  • Antitrust and Trade Regulation Counseling and Litigation
  • Appellate Proceedings Litigation
  • Public Law Litigation
  • Compliance Services

Education

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1993
  • Brown University, A.B., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1990

Admissions

  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. District Courts (Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio)
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Sixth and Tenth Circuits