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Francis J. Hughes

Managing Shareholder

Managing Shareholder Francis (Fran) Hughes counsels small and large businesses in all operational aspects, including contract negotiations, real estate transactions, employment issues, creditors’ remedies in and out of bankruptcy, and mergers and acquisitions.

Among Fran’s specialties is creating and implementing multimillion-dollar private placements, including drafting private placement memoranda, determining accredited investor/non-accredited investor status, and preparing regulatory securities filings. Fran also frequently guides clients through complex company sale and acquisition transactions.

A significant portion of Fran’s practice involves drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements, service and supply contracts, commercial lease and real estate sale contracts, as well as non-compete, confidentiality, and non-disclosure agreements.

Fran has also successfully defended clients against millions of dollars in bankruptcy preference claims.





Real Estate

AV® rated attorney, Martindale – Hubbell Peer Review Rating Service

St. Thomas More Lawyers Society Past-President and current Board member

Admitted, Wisconsin Supreme Court and all lower state courts

Admitted, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

J.D., Marquette University Law School

B.A., St. John’s University

Married with four children, Fran enjoys outdoor activities, including backpacking, canoeing, camping, bicycling, alpine skiing and golfing, especially with his family. Fran regularly volunteers and participates in church activities and events.