Tel: 210-227-4662


Criminal Defense Attorney (Current)

Former Assistant United States Attorney, Western District of Texas

Former United States Attorney City Chief, El Paso, Texas

Former Assistant District Attorney


University of Florida, Bachelor of Arts in Economics (1972)

St. Mary’s University, Juris Doctor (1978)

London School of Economics, Post Grad studies


Thomas “Tom” J. McHugh has 35 years experience in both the U.S. and District Attorney’s offices, and has a reputation for intelligence, hard work, honesty, fairness, and competition. Respected by the defense and prosecution alike, his full spectrum perspective carries weight in the legal community. His experience includes federal and state corporate compliance, capital crime, drug crime, forfeiture, white collar, real estate/mortgage/bank, and Ponzi/investment crime.


Corporate compliance, capital defense, controlled substances, death penalty, forfeiture, federal practice, indigent defense, immigration, international, juvenile defense, sentencing reform, white collar crime, representing target and fact witnesses before federal grand jury proceedings.


Federal Bar Association
National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member, Criminal Law Sections, Texas and Florida Bars
Former Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force attorney, El Paso and San Antonio
State Bar of Texas, licensed 1978
State Bar of Florida, licensed 1980
Western District of Texas, licensed 1981
Supreme Court of the United States, licensed 1984
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, licensed 2004
Fellow of Texas Bar Foundation, elected 2016