Kurt M. Hughes

Kurt M. Hughes

Kurt grew up in Long Branch, New Jersey and moved to Vermont in 1985.  After working as a prosecutor with the Chittenden County State's Attorney's Office, Kurt joined the firm in 1988.   He concentrates in all areas of Adoption Law, Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Law, Family Law and Federal and State Criminal Defense. He was one of the first Vermont lawyers to become a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, an invitation-only national association of attorneys who practice, or have otherwise distinguished themselves, in the field of Adoption Law.

His notable courtroom successes range from a landmark Vermont Supreme Court decision against the State of Vermont’s Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services in 1997 to an acquittal in a first degree murder case in Washington County District Court in 2004.


  • Vermont Law School, JD 1984
  • Colgate University, BA 1981

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey, 1984 (inactive)
  • Supreme Court of the State of Vermont, 1985
  • United States District Court, District of Vermont, 1988

Memberships, Affiliations and Publications

  • American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA)
  • Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Vermont Bar Association (VBA)
  • Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (VACDL)
  • Vermont Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA)
  • Numerous publications in the area of DUI defense for CLE presentations and the VTLA and VACDL newsletters.
  • Selected by peers to be included in the 2003-2010 editions of The Best Lawyers in America® in the specialities of Family Law and Criminal Law
  • Selected by Law & Politics and his peers to be included in the 2007-2010 editions of New England Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in the speciality of Family Law
  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL)
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