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900 Elm Street
10th Floor
Manchester, NH 03101
Tel: 603 628 1347

John E. Hughes

Director, Trusts & Estates Department

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John is a partner who concentrates his practice in tax, business and estate planning. He focuses on estate planning for family owned businesses and has authored several articles on this subject. A long-time native of New Hampshire, John is the grandson of Irish immigrants who worked in the mills of Manchester. He earned his High School Degree from Manchester West High School, his Bachelors Degree, with honors, in Business Administration from Saint Anselm College, his Law Degree, with honors, from Catholic University's Columbus School of Law and his graduate law degree in Taxation from Boston University School of Law. He is also a graduate of New Hampshire's premiere leadership training program, Leadership New Hampshire.

Formerly, John practiced in the Boston office of Arthur Andersen, LLP where he was a senior member of that firm's Research and Development Team. He is licensed to practice in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Washington, D.C. He is a member of the Tax Sections of the New Hampshire Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Areas of Focus

  • Estate Planning and Trust and Estate Administration
  • Pension/Profit Sharing/Employee Benefits Law
  • Small Business Law
  • Taxation



  • New Hampshire
  • Massachusetts
  • Washington, D.C.


  • Fellow, New Hampshire Bar Foundation
  • Best Lawyers in America (2006 - 2022) (Trusts and Estates)
  • Lawyer of the Year 2019 in Best Lawyers of America (Trusts and Estates)
  • Chambers USA: A Guide to America's Leading Lawyers 2017: (Corporate/Commercial: Tax)
  • John was chosen by The Union Leader as one New Hampshire's "40 Under 40" (recognizing John as one of New Hampshire's 40 most influential people under the age of 40).
  • BV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • New England Super Lawyer


John is very active in the community and has served on the Board of Directors of the United Way and as a Co-Chair of the Annual Bishop's Fund. John currently serves on the Board of Directors and is the Treasurer of Rebuilding Together, a national charity dedicated to the housing needs of the elderly and disabled. John was chosen by The Union Leader as one of New Hampshire's "40 Under 40" (recognizing him as one of New Hampshire's 40 most influential people under the age of 40). He lives in Bedford with his wife Pamela and his three children, Morgan, Nicholas and Arianna.

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