John McHugh is a skilled trial attorney with a wide civil practice that includes experience in cases in the financial services, insurance, energy industries and LGBT rights. An experienced trial attorney, John has experience in all phases of a case, including initiating lawsuits, document discovery, depositions, motions practice, mediation, trial, and appeals. John is responsible for the oversight of litigation ranging from individual lawsuits to multimillion dollar business disputes. From the outset of each case, John works with his clients and the trial team to develop a theme and strategy. His persuasive motion practice, writing skills, and in-court advocacy provide results-oriented service to his clients regardless of the size or complexity of their case. John’s experience as a trial lawyer allows to him effectively advocate for his clients to pursue the best remedy possible on their behalf.
Since becoming an attorney, John has worked on high-stakes and notable matters. At Reilly, he has enjoyed representing prominent clients including professional sports teams, SEC investment advisors, and national title companies. Prior to joining Reilly, he was an associate with the international law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in New York City.
“I enjoyed attending law school and working at a big law firm in New York City, but it is really great to be back in the West. I was raised on a small family ranch in rural Idaho. When you work on a ranch, there is no time clock. If something needs to be done, you work until it is done. I was raised this way, and I bring the same work ethic to the legal work that I do for my clients.”
John is active in his community, and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Colorado LGBT Bar Foundation. He also serves as the co-chair for the Colorado Lawyers Committee’s Hate Crimes Education Task Force and Anti-Bullying Subcommittee of the Education Task Force. From 2014-2019, he served on the Board of Directors of the Colorado LGBT Bar Association, including as President in 2017. He was the lead attorney in the landmark lawsuit that challenged Colorado’s laws that prohibit same-sex marriage.