K&L Gates mourns the passing of our legendary partner Vester T. Hughes, Jr. Vester’s extraordinary contributions to the legal community and the profession will be sorely missed.
Mr. Hughes' many years of private practice have spanned many aspects of federal taxation -- income, estate, gift and excise -- individual and corporate. Mr. Hughes has argued two cases before the United States Supreme Court (and been lead counsel in two additional cases before the court, one of which was decided March 7, 2005, in favor of his client). He continues to participate in litigation at all levels of trial and appellate courts, including arguing cases in U.S. Courts of Appeals, U.S. Claims Court, Texas Supreme Court and other courts of administrative agencies as well as presenting cases to Federal District courts and the United States Tax Court. On several occasions he has successfully lobbied Congress on behalf of clients to amend the federal tax laws and he often is called on by staff members of the Treasury Department and the Congressional tax-writing committees for his views on tax policy and pending legislation not directly affecting any specific client but as a public interest commentator.
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After graduating cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was Editor of the Harvard Law Review, Mr. Hughes clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark. He is very active in his community, having served on the Board of Directors for numerous organizations and companies, and as a visiting Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University Law School lecturing in Federal Taxation. He has also authored many publications relating to federal taxation and lectured at numerous Tax Institutes and Estate Council meetings.
Mr. Hughes has received numerous recognitions throughout his career, including: