Kelly S. Hughes

Shareholder || Charlotte

Kelly Hughes has spent her career advising and supporting private and public employers across numerous industries, to include manufacturing, pharmaceutical, chemical, energy, construction, hospitality, automotive, computer/software, retail, real estate, and biotech, among others. She is also well experienced in working with local governments, colleges, and universities.

Kelly is a nationally-recognized authority on workplace flexibility and guides clients in creating and/or enhancing workplace flexibility tools (such as remote work, flexible scheduling, and the like) in a manner that balances the business needs of the client with the various employment laws that may be implicated. She authored the legal chapters of the book Workflex: The Essential Guide to Effective and Flexible Workplaces as well as the Workflex and Employment Law Pocket Guide for SHRM’s “When Work Works” initiative. Kelly is an entertaining, sought-after speaker, traveling around the country delivering presentations on this and other cutting-edge topics, such as transgender rights in the workplace, to assist employers in creating an inclusive work environment for their employees. Kelly also authors articles and conducts presentations on mental health issues in the legal profession, particularly with respect to anxiety and OCD.

Within Ogletree, Kelly is co-chair of the Retail Industry Group, a member of the Litigation Practice Group and Higher Education Practice Group, and co-chair of the Business Resource Group, ODFamily.

Learn more about Kelly S. Hughes

Kelly is an experienced advocate in both administrative and court settings in the full range of employment law, such as:


Admission to Practice

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Association of Municipal Attorneys
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Defense Research Institute


Best Lawyers Award Badge

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Insights by Kelly S. Hughes