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Will Hughes

Will Hughes

Partner
Location:
Harlingen, Texas
Phone:
956-428-7495
Fax:
956-428-2954
Email:

Will Hughes is a partner in Adams & Graham, L.L.P. He practices primarily in the areas of:

  • Health Law
  • Professional Liability
  • Litigation

Will Hughes practices primarily in the areas of Health Law, Professional Liability, and Litigation. Mr. Hughes is Board Certified in Health Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Prior to joining Adams & Graham, Mr. Hughes was employed as a briefing attorney for the Court of Appeals for the Fifth District of Texas at Dallas. Mr. Hughes briefed for the Honorable Justice James A. Baker. Upon completing his clerkship with the appellate court, Mr. Hughes began working as an associate attorney at Adams & Graham, L.L.P. His primary practice is in the firm's health law section representing hospitals, physicians, hospital committees, and other health care providers on litigation, business, compliance, and regulatory matters to include health care liability claims.  Mr. Hughes actively defends malpractice cases and has a successful record trying these types of cases as well as other types of civil cases. 

Mr. Hughes serves as a resource to hospitals and other health care providers on a number of issues including medical staff affairs, physician and group contracts, patient consent, withdrawal of life support, regulatory matters including EMTALA and the HIPAA Privacy Rule, statutory requirements affecting health care entities, contract issues, patient confidentiality, and documentation. Mr. Hughes has extensive experience with medical committee and physician and nursing peer review issues and has practiced before the Texas Medical Board, Texas Physician Assistant Board, Texas Board of Nursing, and the State Office of Administrative Hearings. Mr. Hughes was one of the attorneys for the hospital in Tenet Health Ltd. v. Zamora, 13 S.W.3d 464 (Tex. App.--Corpus Christi 2000, writ dism'd w.o.j.), a case that received national attention for allowing hospitals to exclusively contract with non-hospital based physicians. Mr. Hughes was quoted in the December 2013 edition of Texas Medicine as an authority on medical peer review. Mr. Hughes has assisted clients conduct internal investigations for assessing compliance with State and federal health care program requirements and has assisted clients self-disclose to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission's Office of Inspector General as well as the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.

Mr. Hughes is a 1990 graduate from The South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas, where he was a member on the South Texas Law Review and Order of the Lytae. Mr. Hughes is admitted to practice before all State courts in Texas and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Texas and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Hughes obtained his B.B.A. in Management and International Business in 1983 from the University of Texas at Austin.

American Academy Of Trial Attorneys AATA Premier 100

Year Joined Firm

  • 1992

Areas of Practice

  • Health Law
  • Professional Liability
  • Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 70% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Health Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2003

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1999

Education

  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. - 1990
    • Honors: Order of the Lytae
    • Law Review: Member, South Texas Law Review, 1988 - 1990
  • University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
    • B.B.A. - 1983
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Management & International Business

Published Works

  • Overview of Healthcare Liability Issues and the Millennium Bug, 11 The Health Lawyer 3, pg. 10 (American Bar Association Health Law Section Publication), April 1999
  • Will Hughes, HIPAA gets a dose of HITECH, rgVision Publications 26, Vol. 1 - Issue 5 (Sept. - Oct. 2009)

Representative Clients

  • Valley Baptist Health System
  • Physicians, Physician Assistants, Registered Nurses and Home Health Agencies
  • AIG Healthcare Malpractice

References

  • BBVA Compass

Classes/Seminars

  • Regularly lectures on charting and privacy issues at the local LVN school on a bi-annual basis.
  • Credentialing in Texas and HCQIA, Solara Hospital Harlingen, Harlingen, Texas (1.5 NAMSS continuing education credits), 2010, (Sponsored by: Rio Grande Valley Assoc. of Medical Staff Professionals)
  • Documentation Seminar, Valley Baptist Medical Center - Brownsville, Brownsville, Texas (CEU Approved), 2010
  • End of Life Issues, Harlingen Medical Center, L.P. and Valley Baptist Medical Center, Harlingen, Texas (CME Approved), 2007
  • The Texas Mental Health Code and Court Ordered Mental Health Services, South Texas Health System, Embassy Suites, McAllen, Texas (CME Approved), 2006
  • End of Life Issues After Terri Schiavo, South Texas Health System, Embassy Suites, McAllen, Texas (presented with William L. Pope) (CME Approved), 2005
  • The HIPAA Privacy Rule-An Overview for Counsel, State Bar of Texas, 12th Advanced Medical Malpractice Course, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2005
  • HIPAA Overview, Valley Baptist Medical Center and Brownsville Medical Center, 2003
  • Health Law Seminar, Valley Baptist Family Practice Residency Program, 2002
  • Contract Issues in Physician Employment and Affiliation Agreements, Valley Baptist Family Practice Residency Program, 2001
  • Legalities in Charting, Brownsville Medical Center, 1999
  • Release of Patient Information, Brownsville Medical Center, 1998
  • Liability Issues Facing Nursing Professionals, LVN Association of Cameron County, Texas, 1995

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized as one of the Premier 100 Civil Trial Attorneys for Texas by the American Academy of Trial Attorneys.
  • Quoted in the December 2013 Texas Medical Association print publication titled Texas Medicine as an authority on physician peer review, Crystal Zulek, "Peer review" farce, 51 Tex. Medicine (Dec. 2013)
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Payment Systems, 1990
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Professional Responsibility, 1990
  • Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award, West Publishing, 1990

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • HIPAA Privacy Requirements, Valley Aids Council, 2017
  • Regularly lectures on charting and privacy issues at the local LVN school on a bi-annual basis.
  • Credentialing in Texas and HCQIA, Solara Hospital Harlingen, Harlingen, Texas (1.5 NAMSS continuing education credits), 2010, (Sponsored by: Rio Grande Valley Assoc. of Medical Staff Professionals)
  • Documentation Seminar, Valley Baptist Medical Center - Brownsville, Brownsville, Texas (CEU Approved), 2010
  • End of Life Issues, Harlingen Medical Center, L.P. and Valley Baptist Medical Center, Harlingen, Texas (CME Approved), 2007
  • The Texas Mental Health Code and Court Ordered Mental Health Services, South Texas Health Systems, Embassy Suites, McAllen, Texas (CME Approved), 2006
  • End of Life Issues After Terri Schiavo, South Texas Health System, Embassy Suites, McAllen, Texas (presented with William L. Pope) (CME Approved), 2006
  • The HIPAA Privacy Rule-An Overview for Counsel, State Bar of Texas, 12th Advanced Medical Malpractice Course, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2005
  • HIPAA Overview, Valley Baptist Medical Center and Brownsville Medical Center, 2003
  • Health Law Seminar, Valley Baptist Family Practice Residency Program, 2002
  • Contract Issues in Physician Employment and Affiliation Agreements, Valley Baptist Family Practice Residency Program, 2001
  • Legalities in Charting, Brownsville Medical Center, 1999
  • Release of Patient Information, Brownsville Medical Center, 1998
  • Liability Issues Facing Nursing Professionals, LVN Association of Cameron County, Texas 1995

Past Employment Positions

  • Court of Appeals, Fifth District of Texas, Hon. Justice James A. Baker, Briefing Attorney, 1991 - 1992
  • U. S. Army, Sergeant, Honorably Discharged, 1984 - 1987

Languages

  • German

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Delta Phi

At the Law Offices of Adams & Graham, L.L.P., our attorneys represent clients in Harlingen, Texas, as well as other communities in the Rio Grande Valley and Coastal Bend area of South Texas, including Brownsville, Raymondville, McAllen, Edinburg, Rio Grande City, Laredo, Alice and Corpus Christi. We also serve clients in other communities in Cameron County, Hidalgo County, Willacy County, Webb County, Zapata County, Nueces County, Jim Wells County, Jim Hogg County, Starr County, Brooks County and Duval County.