Peggy Hughes

Practice Emphasis and Experience

Business, Franchise, Litigation, Product Distribution

Peggy Hughes’ practice encompasses business counseling and dispute resolution primarily for clients engaged in franchising, product manufacturing, selling and distribution, licensing and construction, including on-going advice on employment law and a wide range of transactional subjects.

Ms. Hughes represents product manufacturers, sellers, distributors, franchisors, franchisees, franchise groups and associations in all aspects of business distribution and franchise law. She has extensive experience in structuring franchise distribution and licensing agreements and programs; in pre-sale disclosure, including preparation and review of Franchise Disclosure Documents in registration, sales and compliance issues; and in franchisor-franchisee, manufacturer-distributor and sales representative and licensee relations, terminations, dispute resolution and related transactional issues.

She also provides ongoing counseling, compliance reviews and dispute resolution services relating to franchise and distribution law policies and practices, and business sales.


  • University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University), Tacoma, WA
    Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, 1982
  • Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
    Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Business Administration, 1979

Professional  & Community Associations

She is also active in community affairs and organizations, and sat on the board of the Center On Contemporary Art in Seattle.

Publications and Presentations

Ms. Hughes is a frequent lecturer for business, client and attorney groups on selected product sales distribution, franchising, employment and related business law topics, including recent seminars on the following:

  • “Advising the Small Business Client”
  • “Expanding Your Business Through Franchising”
  • “Franchising in Washington After the 1991 Amendments”
  • “Women in Franchising”
  • “The New Uniform Franchising Offering Circular”
  • “Legal Aspects of Franchising”

She has also lectured on selected business topics for industry groups and associations, including the National Association of Women in Construction and the National Association of Credit Managers.