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Sullwold & Hughes is a business litigation firm that specializes in investment-related disputes. We recently moved from San Francisco to our new office located next to Lake Merritt in Oakland.Our two partners, Bob Sullwold and Jim Hughes, were raised within 50 miles of each other.  Bob grew up rooting for Ohio State and went to Yale College. Jim grew up rooting for Michigan and went to Harvard College. Their paths converged at Harvard Law School, from which both graduated magnacumlaude, and then at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, which hired them as associates in 1979 and made them partners in 1986.

Their shared desire for a practice that focused on personal service – for their clients – and personal satisfaction – for themselves – led Bob and Jim to form Sullwold & Hughes in 1995. The firm offers clients:

  • Experience.  For more than 35 years our two partners have been trying cases to federal and state judges and juries as well as before arbitration panels appointed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Association and other ADR organizations.  Our of-counsel has taken hundreds of depositions and argued dozens of motions.
  • Expertise.  We are familiar with all aspects of the retail securities business and the laws and regulations pertaining to it.  In addition to investment litigation, the firm specializes in litigation involving start-ups and other closely held enterprises and in litigation involving business software and online services.
  • Effectiveness.  We are results-oriented rather than process-driven.  Our approach to a case is to analyze the range of possible outcomes based on the facts and the law and then to devise and implement a strategy that maximizes the chances for success.  The client, whether an individual litigant or in-house counsel, plays an integral role at every step along the way.