Robert H. Hughes

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Robert H.Hughes
Of Counsel
Phone: 801.532.1234
Direct: 801.536.6746
Cell: 801.750.1743

After several years away, Rob returned to the firm as of counsel in the Environmental and Natural Resources department.  Rob advises public and private clients on land use and zoning issues, eminent domain, and natural resources matters.

Prior to his return to Parsons Behle & Latimer, Rob served for nine years as in-house counsel to the Utah Transit Authority.  Rob assisted with UTA’s FrontLines 2015 rail expansion program, which built 70 miles of new rail lines along the Wasatch Front.  Rob handled real estate transactions, interlocal agreements, procurement, and construction matters.  Rob also worked on regulatory issues with the Federal Transit Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration.  In addition, Rob has litigated eminent domain matters on behalf of UTA and the Utah Department of Transportation.

Before moving to UTA, Rob started his career as an associate with Parsons Behle & Latimer, where he worked on water, mining, environmental, and public lands issues.  Rob also represented clients in land use and zoning disputes, eminent domain actions, easement and boundary disputes, and trespass and nuisance suits.

Rob is an adjunct professor at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, where he teaches Contract Drafting.


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University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law (J.D., 2003)

Order of the Coif
Certificate in Environmental Law
Utah Law Review, Articles Editor
Environmental Moot Court
Natural Resources Law Forum, President
Marriner S. Eccles Graduate Research Fellowship in Political Economy
West Group Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award
College of Law Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Torts, State and Local Government, and Evidence
Scott Woodland Merit Scholarship (2000)

Harvard University (A.B., 1995)

Dean’s List
Harvard College Scholarship


U.S. Dist. Court, Dist. of Utah
U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit


University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law