John M. McHugh, Associate

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303.893.6100 (Main)
303.893.6110 (Fax)


 Janie Cohen
  • Skilled trial attorney with a wide civil practice that includes experiences in cases in the financial services, insurance and energy industries.
  • Lead attorney in the landmark lawsuit challenging Colorado’s laws that prohibit same-sex marriage.
  • Seasoned case manager responsible for the oversight of litigation ranging from individual lawsuits to multi-million dollar business disputes.
  • Defended AIG in a multi-billion dollar class action brought on behalf of other insurance companies.
  • Named to the Rising Stars List published nationwide in Colorado Super Lawyers® in 2014.
  • Named to the Board of the Colorado GLBT Bar Association in 2014.

Practice Areas:

  • Complex Civil and Commercial Litigation

John M. McHugh, Associate


303.893.6100 (Main)
303.893.6110 (Fax)


 Janie Cohen
 • Education
 • Leadership
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About John:

John McHugh is a litigation associate with the firm.

John focuses his practice on civil and complex commercial litigation.  He has experience initiating and defending lawsuits across the country involving a variety of legal issues.  From the outset of each case, John works with his clients and the trial team to develop a theme and strategy.  This technique is useful in all phases of litigation including pretrial discovery, depositions, dispositive motions, mediation and trial.   His persuasive motion practice and writing skills provide results-oriented service to his clients regardless of the size or complexity of their case.  John’s experience as a trial lawyer allows to him effectively advocate for his clients to pursue the best remedy possible on their behalf.

Since becoming an attorney, John has worked on high-stakes and notable matters.  At Reilly Pozner, he has enjoyed representing prominent clients including professional sports teams, SEC investment advisors, and national title companies.  Prior to joining Reilly Pozner, he was an associate with the international law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in New York City.

John is active in his community.  In 2014, he was named to the Board of the Colorado GLBT Bar Association and serves on their membership committee.  He is also involved in the firm’s internal diversity and inclusiveness committee.

John earned his law degree from New York University School of Law.  In law school he was a teaching assistant, on the Moot Court Board and a training director with the NYU Mediation Organization.  He also participated in the Federal Defenders Clinic, representing indigent clients in federal misdemeanor and felony cases.

John holds an undergraduate degree, with honors, in English and classical studies from the University of Idaho.  He spent a year studying Irish literature at Trinity College in Dublin.

Prior to law school, John worked for Houghton Mifflin Co. in Boston, where he was an editor in the division that publishes college textbooks.  He also spent a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, assisting the indigent in Billings, Montana.

John is on the trial team for these cases:

  • Lead attorney in the pro bono representation of nine same-sex couples who are challenging the constitutionality of Colorado’s laws prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying and refusing to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples entered into in other states.  McDaniel-Miccio, et al. v. State of Colorado, Denver County District Court, Case No. 2014-cv-30731.
  • Nine retired Denver Bronco players filed workers’ compensation claims in California for injuries they incurred during their football careers with the team.  The team’s insurer denied coverage and filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Denver.  The lawsuit named the players as well as the Broncos organization as defendants.  Reilly Pozner is litigation counsel for the Denver Broncos Football Club and its ownership.
  • Prevailed on a motion to dismiss and received a significant attorney fee and cost award for senior executives of Liberty Media Corporation against tortious interference and breach of contract claims.  Ray Khan & Kick Fit Athletics, L.L.C. v. Liberty Media Corporation, et al., No. 12-cv-1611 (Arapahoe County, Colo. 2013).
  • Defending a nationwide group of companies regarding the issuance of title commitments and insurance against a qui tam claimant. US Ex Re. Dale Todd v. Fidelity National Financial, Inc., et al., No. 12-cv-666 (D. Colo.).
  • Secured dismissal of breach of fiduciary duty claims against the former chairman of the board of directors for a large, multi-state energy organization.  Chimney Rock Public Power District, et al. v. Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association, Inc., et al., 2010 CV 02349 (D. Colo.).
  • Successfully resolved an injunctive relief on behalf of Suncor Energy (U.S.A.) Inc. against ConocoPhillips and Phillip 66 under the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act to permit Suncor to continue selling Phillips 66 branded motor fuel in Colorado.  Suncor Energy (U.S.A.) Inc. v. ConocoPhillips et al., 2013 CV 34926 (D. Colo. 2013).

“I enjoyed attending law school and working at a big law firm in New York City, but it is really great to be back in the West.  I was raised on a small family ranch in rural Idaho.  When you work on a ranch, there is no time clock.  If something needs to be done, you work until it is done.  I was raised this way, and I bring the same work ethic to the legal work that I do for my clients.”



image Practice Areasimage
  • Complex Civil and Commercial Litigation
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  • J.D., New York University School of Law
  • B.A., University of Idaho
    cum laude
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  • State of New York
  • State of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
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  • Board Member, Colorado GLBT Bar Association (Membership Committee)
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  • Rising Star by Colorado Super Lawyers® (2014)
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  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates
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