Matthew A. Hughes practices in the areas of commercial business litigation and insurance defense. After growing up in Georgia, Matthew moved to Upstate South Carolina and graduated from Bob Jones University summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in History, earning the Leila R. Custard Memorial Award for Historical Research. He then earned a Master of Arts in Communication Studies at Bob Jones University before attending Liberty University School of Law, where he received the highest grade in Torts, Foundations of Law, and Contracts.
Matthew was the valedictorian of his law school class. During law school, Matthew published two law review articles and served as the Student Development Editor of the Law Review. He served as the Vice Chair of the Moot Court Board Association, advanced to the national competition of the ABA Moot Court tournament, and received the Advocate’s Award for Outstanding Achievements in Moot Court. He also competed on the school’s negotiations team twice and the faculty awarded him the Advocate’s Award for Outstanding Achievements in Alternative Dispute Resolution. At the inaugural Transatlantic Negotiation Competition, he and his partner advanced to the quarterfinals and won the award for Best Teamwork on the American side while Matthew individually claimed the award for Best Advocate on the American side.
After graduating from law school, Matthew clerked for the Honorable Clifford Athey, Jr., on the Virginia Court of Appeals and then for the Honorable William A. McKinnon on the South Carolina Circuit Court. He published a third law review article in Summer 2023 and remains interested in developing areas of the law.