Mr. Hughes is the author a newly published edition of Family Wealth: Keeping It in the Family, and numerous articles on family governance and wealth preservation and a series of reflections which can be found on his website jamesehughes.com.
He was the founder of a law partnership in New York City, Hughes and Whitaker, specializing in the representation of private clients throughout the world and is now retired from the active practice of law. He frequently facilitates multi-generational family meetings with a special emphasis on mission statements and governance issues. He has spoken frequently at numerous international and domestic symposia on international estate and trust planning. He is an emeritus member of the Board of The Philanthropic Initiative; a Counselor to the Family Office Exchange, an emeritus faculty member of the Institute for Private Investors; a retired member of the Board of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation; as well as a former advisor to New Ventures in Philanthropy . He is also a member of the Circle of Friends of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, a Roundtable member of the Hastings Institute, a member of the Board of the Spiritual Paths Foundation and a member of the Board of the Rocky Mountain Institute, as well as a member of boards of various private trust companies, an advisor to numerous investment institutions and a member of the editorial boards of various professional journals.
Mr. Hughes was a partner of the law firms of Coudert Brothers and Jones, Day, Reavis and Pogue. He is a graduate of the Far Brook School, which teaches through the Arts, The Pingry School, Princeton University and The Columbia School of Law.