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Mary Beth Hughes

 

Mary Beth Hughes joined the firm in July of 2010.  She focuses her practice on Professional Liability Defense and General Liability Defense. 

Mary Beth graduated from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in January 2010.  While at Temple, Mary Beth was a staff member of Temple’s Political and Civil Rights Law Review.  She was also a Rubin Public Interest Law Honor Society Fellow.

Mary Beth received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Lehigh University.  She also has a Master of Arts degree in Education from LaSalle University.  Prior to earning her law degree, Mary Beth worked in social services at Carson Valley School and for Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health. 

Mary Beth currently volunteers with the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project.  She is on the Board of Directors of SEAMlab (a non-profit research organization committed to sustainable architecture). 

Mary Beth is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Montgomery Bar Association, where she has chaired the Insurance Committee for the past two years. She was selected to participate in the 2012-2013 Bar Leadership Institute through the Pennsylvania Bar Association.


RECENT NEWS AND TRIALS

Mary Beth recently obtained a summary judgment on behalf of a lawyer and law firm in a lawsuit alleging wrongful use of civil proceedings (affirmed on appeal).


Ms. Hughes obtained a summary judgment on behalf of a lawyer and law firm in a lawsuit alleging tortious interference with prospective contractual relations and conspiracy to commit fraud.

Mary Beth obtained summary judgment on behalf of an insurance agent in a lawsuit alleging misrepresentation and fraud related to the sale of a disability policy.

In a lawsuit alleging legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty related to a complex real estate transaction,  Mary Beth obtained summary judgment on behalf of a lawyer and law firm.

Mary Beth recently obtained a non pros judgment for a lawyer in a legal malpractice action due to the plaintiff's failure to prosecute her case and engage in discovery for almost a decade.

Ms. Hughes represented several lawyers and a law firm in a wrongful use of civil proceedings case arising out of the cash for kids scandal in Luzerne County.  The trial court granted the preliminary objections, dismissing the case with prejudice after finding that the plaintiff could not, as a matter of law, prevail because the underlying case had not terminated in his favor (affirmed on appeal).

In 2012 and 2013, Mary Beth successfully defended individuals and an insurance company at trial and arbitration for general liability and UM/UIM claims.