Lena H. Hughes

Associate | New York

lhughes@mofo.com | (212) 336-4152

(212) 336-4152

Lena Hughes is an associate in Morrison & Foerster’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice Group.

Lena has handled appeals in many areas of the law, including bankruptcy, class actions, securities, false advertising, arbitration, and trade secrets. She has briefed appeals in federal and state appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, the Second, Ninth, D.C., and Federal Circuits, and the New York and California state courts. Lena has presented five oral arguments in appellate courts, including the Eighth and D.C. Circuits and the First and Second Departments of New York’s Appellate Division.

Before joining Morrison & Foerster, Lena served as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General. During her fellowship, she successfully briefed and argued an appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit concerning ineffective assistance of counsel. United States v. Stubblefield 820 F.3d 445 (2016). She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Justice Elena Kagan of the United States Supreme Court, the Honorable Gerard Lynch of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the Honorable Denise Cote of the Southern District of New York.

Lena earned her J.D. in 2012 from Columbia Law School where she received the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Prize for academic achievement and the Wilfred Feinberg Prize for Federal Courts work.

Representative Experience

  • Cohen v. Cohen (01:18:33) (New York Appellate Division, Second Department): Successfully argued for reversal of parental visitation order that unconstitutionally required parent to adopt religious practices as condition of visitation.
  • 215-219 W. 28th St. Mazal Owner LLC v Citiscape Bldrs. Group Inc. (03:18:46) (New York Appellate Division, First Department): Successfully argued for vacatur of order denying permanent stay of arbitration.
  • Ad Hoc Committee, etc. v. Peabody Energy Corporation (26:05) (8th Cir.): Successfully argued on behalf of Committee of Unsecured Creditors in defense of reorganization plan against challenges by hold-out creditors.
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