Hughston began his legal career at Hare Wynn after graduating from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2006. Growing up, Hughston was taught that it was important to wake up and be excited to go to work in the morning. He is proud of his association with Hare Wynn, and believes that his colleagues are likewise excited to come to work, provide clients with superior service and results, and make a difference.

Hughston represents plaintiffs in matters involving personal injury, wrongful death, truck and automobile accidents, and breach of contract litigation. He has been involved in numerous successful cases, including obtaining a multi-million dollar settlement stemming from the death of a nine-year-old boy. In addition to representing individuals, Hughston also represents small businesses in contractual disputes.

On a personal level, he believes that his commitment to his clients goes beyond the details of their particular case.

“Representing a client means more than a single experience,” Hughston says. “Hard work and dedication to the client’s case are critically important, but so is communicating with the client during what can be a difficult and stressful process, making sure they have all of the information they need to feel they are being represented effectively.”

Hughston enjoys his involvement with various legal organizations and recently completed his term as president of the Young Lawyers Section of the Alabama State Bar.

Hughston and his wife, Sarah Katherine, stay busy with two active young sons, Hughston and Jack. Hughston enjoys outdoor activities with his family such as hunting and fishing, and is dedicated to coaching youth recreational league and All-Star baseball. He and his wife are active members of Covenant Presbyterian Church.


A graduate of the University of Alabama, Mr. Nichols received his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2006.

  • University of Alabama, B.S., 2003
  • University of Alabama, J.D., 2006

Notable Work

Hughston has been involved in numerous successful cases, including obtaining a multi-million dollar settlement stemming from the death of a nine-year-old boy.


  • Alabama, 2006
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama


A campus leader as both an undergraduate and a law student, Hughston has continued to develop those skills as a member of the Birmingham Bar Association’s Future Leaders Class of 2010 as well as a member of the Alabama State bar Leadership Forum Class 10. He has also been recognized in the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list in 2013, 2015 - 2018. To become a Super Lawyers® Rising Stars member, an attorney needs to be outstanding, trustworthy, and either under the age of 40 or possess less than a decade of practice experience. No more than 2.5% of all practicing lawyers will be chosen for Rising Stars each year.

In 2016, Hughston was voted “Best Lawyer 2016,” “Best Attorney in Birmingham” by Birmingham Magazine, and recognized by Birmingham Business Journal as a “Rising Star of Law.” Additionally, he recently completed his term as the Alabama State Bar Young Lawyers Section President.


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  • ABA
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • AV Preeminent
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers 2019 - Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers 2018
  • Americas Top 100 Attorneys
  • American Association for Justice
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Multi-Million Advocates
  • American Judicature Society
  • US News Best Law Firms 2019
  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Benchmark Litigation
  • Alabama Association for Justice
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • International Society of Barristers
  • Kentucky Justice Association
  • Lawdragon 2017
  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • National Law Journal Top 100 Verdicts
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • NBLSC Board Certified Lawyers
  • Phoenix Club of Birmingham
  • Plaintiffs Steering Committee
  • SuperLawyers
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers
  • Top Ranked USA Chambers
  • Arkansas Magazine - Very Best Award
  • National Featured Verdict
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