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Vester Thomas Hughes

Vester Thomas Hughes, American lawyer. Bar: Texas 1952, United States Supreme Court, United States Tax Court, United States Court Appeals (5th and 11th circuits), United States Court Federal Claims. Named one of Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2003, 2005.

Background

  • Hughes, Vester Thomas was born on May 24, 1928 in San Angelo, Texas, United States. Son of Vester Thomas and Mary Ellen (Tisdale) Hughes.

  • Education

    • Student, Baylor University, 1945—1946. Bachelor with distinction, Rice University, 1949. Bachelor of Laws cum laude, Harvard University, 1952.

    Career

    • Law clerk United States Supreme Court, 1952. Associate Robertson, Jackson, Payne, Lancaster & Walker, Dallas, 1955-1958. Partner Jackson, Walker, Winstead, Cantwell & Miller, 1958-1976, Hughes, Luce, Hennessy, Smith & Castle, Dallas, since 1976, Hughes & Hill, Dallas, 1979-1985, Hughes & Luce, Dallas, 1985—2007, K&L Gates, since 2008.

      Board directors Exell Cattle Company, Amarillo, Texas, LX Cattle Company, Amarillo, Sammons Enterprises, Inc. Advisory director First National Bank Mertzon. Senior tax counsel Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc.

      Advisory committee Texas Supreme Court, 1985-1993.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Texas 1952, United States Supreme Court, United States Tax Court, United States Court Appeals (5th and 11th circuits), United States Court Federal Claims.

    Works

    • Contributor articles on federal taxation to professional journals.

    Politics

    God, in His permissive will, may allow political leaders, both in biblical times and the present day, to enact policies that are opposed to His revealed will.

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Religion

    People who do not trust in Christ will enter into eternal condemnation. People who trust in Christ for salvation will enter into the loving presence of God for all eternity.

    Denomination: Baptist

    Views

    The supportive small group inside the Church is the most powerful tool for people to feel that they belong and to learn and grow.

    Membership

    Board directors Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Inc., Dallas, since 1982. Trustee Dallas Baptist University, 1967-1977. Vice president, trustee, executive committee Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, since 1967.

    Board overseers visiting committee Harvard Law School, 1969-1975. 1st lieutenant Judge Advocate General Corps United States Army, 1952-1955. Member of Texas Bar Foundation (Outstanding Fifty-Year Lawyer award 2003), State Bar Texas (Outstanding Texas Tax Lawyer award 2003), American College Trust and Estate Counsel, Center American & International Law, American College Tax Counsel, American Law Institute (council since 1958), Dallas Bar Association, Texas Bar Association, American Bar Association (member council section taxation 1969-1973), Harvard Club (New York City), Metropolitan Club (Washington), Order Eastern Star, Masons, Sigma Xi, Phi Beta Kappa.

    Personality

    Interests

    Travel, community and church activities, reading.

    Connections

    • father: Vester Thomas Hughes
    • mother: Mary Ellen (Tisdale) Hughes
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    Born March 24, 1928
    Nationality

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