Sharon C. Hughes
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A/V Preeminent Women Lawyers, 2012, The Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
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Sharon was born and raised in Michigan where she attended Central Michigan University. After moving to Los Angeles with her husband, she graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a B.A. in education, before attending Whittier College School of Law. As an associate lawyer with a Los Angeles boutique law firm from 1988 to 1995, she represented large private institutional banks and manufacturers in litigation throughout California, in state and federal courts, and including bankruptcy courts. It was during this time that she honed her trial skills, and acquired significant experience in litigation of commercial and business disputes. Sharon served as a judge pro tem for small claims, traffic trials, unlawful detainer and civil matters for the Los Angeles County Superior Court for over ten years.
Sharon C. Hughes has been practicing law in Los Angeles since 1986 with the focus of her practice in business law and litigation, entity start ups, real estate, asset protection, estate planning, probate and trust administration and bankruptcy matters. Her experience in litigation includes numerous court trials primarily regarding business disputes, commercial collections, creditor remedies, bankruptcy litigation and real property matters.
Asset Protection and Business Succession & Estate Planning. Asset protection and estate planning are tools used to assist clients in being as prepared as possible for the inevitable events of life. Whether it is setting up an entity to operate a business in order to limit exposure of personal assets for business liabilities, or establishing an estate plan to provide for family and business transitions, working with the client to identify and achieve their goals is a process that requires experience and sensitivity to each individual client needs. Cookie-cutter options that are not well thought out or tailored to the specific needs of a client can create terrible consequences. Sharon works with the each client to understand what will work for them and their particular circumstances.
Litigation. Litigation matters have included, quiet title and partition actions, commercial collections, dissolution of business relationships, and breach of contract disputes of varying types. Sharon’s trial experience has been in the state, federal district and the bankruptcy courts throughout California.
Representation of secured creditors has been a significant part of Sharon’s practice. Whether commencing a breach of contract/guaranty/promissory note action, combined with a application for writ of attachment, or seeking relief from stay to foreclose on collateral, her years of experience and with great success in these matters is a valuable resource to her clients. Understanding the practical issues of litigation, the costs and fees, collection recoveries and time delays are part of the equation in seeking to establish client goals for any litigation case.
Bankruptcy. Representation of creditors and debtors in the Bankruptcy Courts in Southern, Central, Eastern and Northern Districts of California has been a significant part of Sharon’s practice throughout her career. Representation of creditors includes relief from stay, and adversary litigation including nondischargeability and relief from stay litigation.
Also, Sharon represents debtors in chapter 7, 13 and 11 cases, consumer and business cases. Understanding bankruptcy options for either a creditor or debtor client is essential for today’s business law firm.
Working with debtor’s in a bankruptcy and offering them a light at the end of the tunnel, or the opportunity to assist a debtor with a fresh start has its own rewards. Whether a consumer debtor is facing a foreclosure, wage garnishment, bank levy, or a business owner is facing financial difficulties, counseling them with legitimate financial and legal advice is essential to recovering from such a crisis.
Working with business owners and business entities to get relief from debt, or to reorganize a business into a viable business once again requires not only bankruptcy experience but seasoned business acumen as well. A well planned chapter 11 case is often the best solution for a business faced with a judgment or collection efforts by an aggressive creditor.
Aggressive representation of her client’s interests is the best way to describe Sharon’s practice. Understanding the client’s need for prompt and consistent contact regarding the status of legal matters is also an essential pillar of her practice. She will return your phone call or email usually within 24 hours.