September 10, 2012
National law firm Polsinelli today announced the addition of Peter Hughes, a prominent engineering and construction attorney to the firm’s Denver office. Hughes, who is of counsel, joins the Construction Group with a focus on industrial and infrastructure projects.

“Peter’s long-time leadership with engineering and construction firms, along with his reputation for excellence specifically in design-build construction make him a valuable addition to our clients and team at Polsinelli,” said Gene Commander, managing shareholder of Polsinelli’s Denver office. “His experience with national and international projects complements our regional and national construction practices.”

Hughes has spent more than 40 years supporting large industrial and infrastructure projects, including power, transportation and agriculture. He currently serves as the executive director of the Water Design-Build Council, an association of the top 10 constructors of water and wastewater plants in the U.S.

“Engineering and construction companies are seeking help to navigate increased regulations, design-build contracts and other business challenges as they focus on delivering quality projects on time and on budget,” said Hughes. “Polsinelli has an outstanding reputation for providing counsel for these clients, and I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to draw upon my industry experience to support them and the firm’s Construction Group.”

Prior to joining Polsinelli, Hughes consulted on infrastructure-related projects and spent 13 years with CH2M HILL, a global environmental and engineering firm based in Colorado. There, he most recently served as vice president and chief legal officer of CH2M HILL Constructors, Inc., a division that focuses on the firm’s design-build business. Hughes helped grow the division from an $8 million to a $1.5 billion business.

Hughes worked at Bechtel, an engineering, procurement and construction company, for 24 years before joining CH2M HILL. During his tenure at Bechtel, he focused on nuclear, fossil, and hydroelectric power projects in the U.S. and Japan; oil refineries and liquefied natural gas plants in Egypt, Qatar and Indonesia; North Sea oil platforms; major transportation infrastructure projects including the Bay Area Rapid Transit extension in the San Francisco area and the McCarran Airport expansion in Las Vegas; and large dam projects in the U.S. and Canada.

He received his B.S. in Engineering from San Diego State College and his law degree from the Boalt Hall School of Law at University of California, Berkeley. Hughes is a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers.