Joseph D. Hughes

Joseph D. Hughes

Managing Partner
Location:
Bakersfield, California
Phone:
661-401-7755
Fax:
661-326-0418
Email:
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Joseph D. Hughes is the managing partner at KDG and joined the firm in 2006.  His practice concentrates in the areas of water law, public agency law, and trust litigation. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1993 after obtaining his law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law that same year. Hughes holds a B.A. degree from UC Santa Barbara.

Areas of Practice

  • Water Law
  • Public Agency Law

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1993

Education

  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
    • Juris Doctor - 1993
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, California
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1990

Published Works

  • Jans v. Nelson 83 Cal.App.4th 848, 2000
  • Schwartz v. Schwartz 167 Cal.App.4th 733, 2000
  • Conservatorship of the Estate of Edde, 173 Cal.App.4th 883, 2009

Honors and Awards

  • AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest designation, 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • General Counsel, Belridge Water Storage District, Lost Hills Water District, North of River Sanitary District, West Kern Water District
  • Kern County Bar Association, Member, 2013 - Present, Board of Directors, 2014 - 2017, Probate & Estate Planning Section, President, 2009- 2010
  • Kern County Law Library, Member of the Board of Trustees, 2000 - Present
  • Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc., Member of the Board of Directors, 2000 - 2011
  • Kern County Employees Retirement Association, Member of the Board of Trustees, 2004-2012, Chairman, 2009
  • Judge Pro Tem, Small Claims, Kern County Superior Court, 2001 - 2004
  • Kern County Superintendent of Schools Programs, Attorney Coach, South High School, Mock Trial Team, 1996 - 1998
  • Associate Professor, California State University, Bakersfield, Wills and Probate, 2010 - 2012
  • AYSO, Coach, U-6 and U-8

Professional Experience

  • Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP, 2006-Present
  • Kern County Counsel, Bakersfield, Deputy County Counsel, 1994
  • Kuhs, Parker & Hughes, Associate & Partner, 1995 - 2005