Francis J. Hughes


Professional Bio

Francis (Fran) Hughes counsels businesses in all aspects of their operations, including real estate transactions, employment issues, creditor’s rights, contract negotiations and acquisitions.

Fran has represented clients in a wide variety of real estate transactions in Wisconsin and throughout the United States, as counsel for both buyers and sellers. These transactions have included purchases, sales, tax-deferred exchanges and financing transactions. He regularly represents landlords and tenants in connection with commercial, office and retail lease negotiations.

A significant portion of Fran’s practice involves drafting and negotiating a wide variety of contracts, and counseling clients on contract matters. These contracts include purchase and sale agreements, contracts for the provision of a wide variety of services, non-compete agreements, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, terms and conditions of sale and supply agreements.

Employment questions can become very complicated for even seasoned human resources departments. It’s not uncommon for both federal and state laws to appear at odds when dictating answers. Fran regularly counsels businesses on employment and personnel issues, including all types of employment discrimination claims. Fran has also drafted and negotiated many non-compete agreements and separation agreements between employees and employers.

Fran has extensive experience representing creditors in bankruptcy and in state court receivership actions. This representation has included the successful defense of millions of dollars of preference claims and representation of landlords whose tenants have sought the protection of the courts. Fran has also represented purchasers of business assets from secured parties.

Fran has represented many borrowers in commercial lending transactions, including real estate financing, asset based lending and industrial revenue bond projects, from various types of lenders, including banks, insurance companies and private investors. He has also served as local counsel to out of state lenders such as insurance or finance companies.

Awards & Recognitions

  • Martindale – Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated

Personal Bio

A dedicated member of the legal community, Fran maintains strong ties with the American Bar Association, State Bar of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Bar Association and is the president of the St. Thomas More Lawyers Society.

Fran is married with four children. He enjoys many outdoor hobbies such as backpacking, canoeing, camping, bicycling, alpine skiing and golf, particularly when he can participate with his family. He is the Chartered Organization Representative and past Troop Committee Chairman for his son’s Boy Scout Troop and has, at various times, been involved in coaching his children’s sports teams. Fran frequently volunteers in various ways for his church and regularly performs pro bono legal services for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Inc.