Perry S. Hughes



Perry is an environmental attorney at Cox, Castle & Nicholson. Perry's diverse practice includes both transaction and litigation matters.  His environmental litigation practice has included matters in state and federal court related to cost recovery, insurance coverage, and state and federal Right-To-Know Laws, including California's Proposition 65. His litigation practice also includes general litigation matters, including landlord-tenant disputes, partnership disputes, and other forms of business litigation.

Perry's transactional practice centers on advising clients looking to acquire, develop or finance properties impaired with environmental contamination.  Perry is known for applying creative solutions to help resolve the obstacles presented by the environmental liabilities associated with real estate. Having worked on matters requiring environmental insurance for close to fifteen years, he is well versed in the risk mitigation benefits of environmental insurance.


Represented major oil pipeline operator in matters related to oil contamination and easement disputes.

Represented and advised major healthcare REIT regarding all litigation and asset management issues for nation-wide portfolio.

Represented national homebuilders through the investigation, acquisition and remediation of environmental impaired properties to be developed for residential use.

Represented major retailer in the acquisition and remediation of property to be used as a distribution center that was historically used to store and test artillery for the military.

Represented land owner in cost recovery action against Chevron to recover lost profits and diminution in value as a result of historic release of gas station contamination.

Represented a lessee of industrial property in CERCLA action against former owners and neighboring property owners to recover clean-up and remediation costs associated with removal of PCE contamination from the properties.

Represented a developer of mixed-used residential project against former gas station-operator tenant who failed to remediate the property of soil and groundwater contamination at the conclusion of their tenancy.

Represented a San Fernando Valley property owner in cost recovery litigation against owners of nearby car wash property.

Represented numerous property owners and management companies in disputes related to the presence of mold and related toxins.

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Bar and Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California


  • J.D., University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, 1993
  • B.S., University of California, Riverside, 1990