David Hughes

P: 512-480-0010

E: dhughes@hvwlaw.com



Legal Experience

David is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law and is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). David represents individuals, families, and business owners in matters relating to the management, transfer, and preservation of their assets, including income, gift, estate, and generation-skipping tax planning, trust and estate administration, and representation before the I.R.S. and federal and state courts. David’s practice includes the preparation of wills, trusts, business entity organizational documents (including family limited partnerships), shareholder agreements, buy-sell agreements, marital property agreements, and other estate planning, asset protection, charitable gift planning and business succession documents. David has experience in the formation and representation of corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, not-for-profit corporations, and private foundations. Additionally, he represents beneficiaries and fiduciaries in contested litigation, including estates, trusts, and tax issues.


  • Doctor of Jurisprudence, University of Texas, 1971
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance, University of Texas at Austin, 1969

Professional Licenses

  • Attorney at Law, Texas, 1972

Professional Memberships & Activities

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow
  • American Bar Association
    • Real Estate Probate & Trust Law Section
  • The University of Texas at Austin, Planned Giving Advisory Council, Member, 2000-2008
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Real Estate Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Austin Bar Association
    • Estate Planning and Probate Section
    • Council Member, 1989-1991

Speeches & Publications

  • Philanthropy: Practical Aspects of Making a Difference, Goldman, Sachs & Co. Lunch Panel, 2007
  • Charting Your Course – Choosing an Executor and Disability Agents, Texas Leader, a publication for the Office of the Vice President for Development at The University of Texas at Austin, Fall/Winter 2005, Article
  • Charitable Planning Techniques-2002, Austin Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs, December 2002, Speech
  • How to Live-and Die-with Texas Probate, Ch. 18, The Irrevocable Trust, State Bar of Texas, 7th ed., 1995
  • All in the Family Business, Today’s CPA, November/December 1993, 1993, Article

Awards & Honors

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® published by Woodward/White, Inc., Trusts and Estates Law, 1983 – 2019.

Community Involvement

  • St. David’s Health Care Partnership
      • Board Member, 2004-Present
      • Chairman, Finance Committee, 2004-Present
      • St. David’s Foundation
      • Chairman, Board of Trustees, 2009-Present
      • Chairman, Governance Committee, 2007-2008
    • Vice-Chairman, 2006-2008
    • Board Member, 1989-Present
    • Member: Community Health Access Committee, Governance Committee and Executive Committee
  • St. David’s Episcopal Church of Austin
    • Chancellor, 1979-1981, 1987-Present
    • Endowment Fund Board Member, 1982, 1984-1986
    • Senior Warden, 1982
    • Vestry Member, 1979-1982
    • Member, 1976-Present
  • Center for Battered Women Foundation
    • Board Member, 1992-1995
    • Chairman, 1992