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Hugh is a partner in Reed Smith’s Insurance Recovery group. Since 1986, his practice has included representing policyholders in evaluating, settling and litigating insurance claims filed in state or federal court, trial of coverage and extra-contractual claims, as well as appellate work. On two occasions, he has obtained eight-figure recoveries or awards in bad faith cases as well as multiple seven-figure recoveries.


  • University of Miami School of Law, 1980, J.D.
  • Duke University, 1977, A.B.

  • Florida

  • U.S. Federal Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court - Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Florida

  • Member, American College of Contractual and Extra-Contractual Counsel; co-chair first party section
  • Member, Insurance Coverage and Litigation Section of the ABA; formerly co-chair of the Life, Health and Disability sub-section
  • American Bar Association, Section of Insurance Coverage, Member
  • Florida State Bar, Member
  • Dade County Bar Association, Member
  • Former Board Member of the Children’s Home Society (Outstanding Volunteer Board Member, 1999)
  • Women of Tomorrow
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Educate Tomorrow
  • Arts for Learning

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards & Recognition

  • Thomas F. Segalla Service Award, American College of Contractual and Extra-Contractual Counsel, May 2018
  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Insurance Law, 2010-2024, and Litigation - Insurance, 2018-2023. He also received the Best Lawyers™ 2013, 2016, 2020, and 2024 Litigation - Insurance "Lawyer of the Year" award in Miami.
  • Litigation Department of the Year, 2013, Daily Business Review
  • Ranked in Chambers USA for Florida Insurance, 2020-2022, and for Florida Insurance: Dispute Resolution 2023
  • Selected through peer review for inclusion on the Florida Super Lawyers list for Insurance Coverage, 2006-2022
  • Florida Trend Legal Elite
  • Who’s Who in Insurance and Reinsurance (one of only two Miami lawyers)
  • AV rated, Martindale-Hubbell 1994-present
  • Multiple awards for exceptional participation in Dade County Pro Bono work