Aly Hughes focuses her practice on investigations, white collar criminal defense, and general commercial litigation. She brings superior organization and communication to create clear, well- developed paths forward for her clients, ranging from individuals to large corporations. She specializes in assisting clients in the healthcare, higher education, pharmaceutical, government contracting, and financial services industries.
Aly is experienced in virtually every phase of government investigations, from proffers to trial, with clients of all sizes. She has represented clients facing investigations involving multiple federal agencies including the Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and others, as well as smaller scale investigations with clients under investigation by local law enforcement and state Attorneys General.
In addition, Aly advises and represents clients in their most sensitive internal investigations, moving efficiently to learn the facts, understand the business, identify legal implications, and recommend next steps. Through internal inquiries, voluntary disclosures, interaction with federal or state agencies, and related civil matters, Aly guides her clients at each step of the process.
Aly is a quick study and has experience in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the False Claims Act (FCA), the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Sherman Act, and more.
She also has monitorship-focused experience. She is a member of the team assisting the Special Compliance Coordinator appointed by the U.S. Department of Commerce to monitor, assess and report on the U.S. export control compliance of Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation, of Shenzhen, China, and ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd. of Hi-New Shenzhen, China (collectively, ZTE).
Aly thrives handling the less glamorous day-to-day minutiae that come with a criminal or civil matter, always cognizant of the need to keep the trains moving forward. Clients and colleagues alike trust Aly, valued for her honest and down-to-earth communication style accompanied by a healthy sense of humor.
Women in White Collar Defense Association Catherine O’Neil Mentoring Award, 2023
The Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, 2023-2024
Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Program of Study in Criminal Law, Notre Dame Law School, 2017