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Denny Hughes concentrates on the defense of bad faith, fraud and punitive damage actions and other insurance defense matters at the trial and appellate levels, as well as the defense of class actions and complex litigation. He also assists insurers in coverage evaluations and the litigation of coverage issues. In addition, he represents employers in the defense of employment discrimination claims and advises employers on preventive employment law. He provides mediation and dispute resolution services in his fields of practice.

Mr. Hughes is registered as a Mediator (Civil) with the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution. He was appointed to the Board of the Alabama Insurance Planning Commission at the University of Alabama in 2012, for which he has been elected to serve as Chairman for 2021—2024. He is an Associate Member of the Board of the Association of Alabama Life Insurance Companies and a member of the Alabama Association of Arson Investigators. In 2001 Mr. Hughes was appointed as a Deputy Attorney General to represent the State of Alabama in the defense of civil actions against state agencies. He is a past member of the Board of Directors (President 2011—2012) of Camp Smile-a-Mile, which provides year-round programs for children with cancer and their families.


  • Alabama State Bar
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals


  • J.D., University of Alabama School of Law, 1992
  • B.A., University of Alabama, 1989

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Civic and Professional Affiliations

  • Alabama State Bar
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Association of Alabama Life Insurance Companies
  • Alabama Association of Arson Investigators
  • American Bar Association
  • Chairman, Alabama Insurance Planning Commission, 2021-2023

Publications and Presentations

  • University of Alabama, 2021 Insurance Day
    Investigation, Detection, and Prevention of Insurance Fraud
    October 13, 2021
    Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Central Alabama Society of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters
    Business and Professional Ethics: Historical Development and Practical Application
    May 10, 2022
    Montgomery Country Club, Montgomery, Alabama
  • Amber S. Finch and C. Dennis Hughes, Exclusions from Coverage for Wear and Tear, Deterioration, Inherent Vice, Latent Defect, and Mechanical Breakdown, 50 TORT TRIAL & INS. PRAC. L.J. 49 (2014).
  • American Bar Association Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section: Property Insurance Law Committee 2013 Annual Meeting
    Wear and Tear Exclusions from Coverage Under the All-Risk Property Insurance Policy
    May 16—18, 2013
    PGA National Resort, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
  • University Of Alabama, 2014 Insurance Day
    Tools for Detecting and Preventing Insurance Fraud
    October 8, 2014
    Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Birmingham Bar Association: 2014 Insurance Update Seminar
    Insurance Fraud
    November 7, 2014
    Birmingham Bar Center, Birmingham, Alabama


  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent
  • Best Lawyers In America©, Insurance Law, 2015—2024