Angela M. Hughes



With a diverse legal background, Angela Hughes litigates multidistrict product liability litigation and commercial disputes. She brings an in-house counsel perspective to collaboration, efficiency and client service. Angela’s experience managing compliance and corporate matters provides insight into the day-to-day challenges that clients face and the issues at play in litigation.

In-House Career

In 2006, Angela began a decade-long stint as the first in-house counsel of Franklin Electric, a publicly-traded, global manufacturer headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana. With strong management abilities, Angela created the company’s legal department and compliance team and reduced Franklin’s legal spend by 50% while the company doubled in size. She also implemented an entity management system to oversee and organize 60+ subsidiaries, implemented form contracts and a contract processing site, and developed a records management system, among other leadership achievements. Angela oversaw all of Franklin’s legal work, including product liability, environmental, corporate, securities, employment, public company filing and acquisition matters.

Personal Interests

Angela is the mother of three — one daughter and two sons. She stays busy with their activities, including baseball, hockey, and golf. In her spare time, Angela enjoys running and has finished multiple half-marathons. She also enjoys spending summers at the family lake house on Big Long Lake in LaGrange, Indiana .


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Indiana Supreme Court
Kentucky Supreme Court
Ohio Supreme Court
Department of Veterans Affairs


Indiana University
M.B.A. (2010)

University of Dayton School of Law
J.D. (2004)

Indiana University
B.S. in Criminal Justice (1998)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • What You Need to Know About International Commercial Contracting
    Allen County Bar Association, Fort Wayne, February 2016
  • Crossing Boarders: Understanding Director and Officer Rights and Liabilities Globally
    Association of Corporate Counsel, San Francisco, October 2016
  • Going Global: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You
    Association of Corporate Counsel, New Orleans, October 2014

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Justice for Veterans

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Allen County Bar Association
  • Ohio Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • National Association of Women Lawyers

Civic Activities

  • American Legion Auxiliary — Fourth District Chairman for Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation, 2018
  • YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne — Board of Directors, 2010-present (Chairman, 2017)
  • S. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church & School — Board of Directors, 2012-15
  • Girl Scouts of America — Leader/Volunteer, 2006-12


  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2018-19
  • Association of Corporate Counsel — Top Ten Thirty Something, 2012
  • Fort Wayne Business Weekly — Forty Under Forty, 2010

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