Edward Hughes focuses his practice in the areas of business law, land use law, real estate development, interstate land sales, banking and creditor's rights and commercial and residential transactions.

Ed has been involved in several large real estate developments in the Beaufort County and Jasper County areas, including Hilton Head Plantation, Indigo Run Plantation, Wexford Plantation, Port Royal Plantation and Shipyard Plantation.  Most recently, Ed was involved in the acquisition and development of Palmetto Bluff, a 20,000 acre development in southern Beaufort County, South Carolina and the 5,500 acre Hardeeville Tract, in Jasper County, South Carolina. 

He has also been involved in the acquisition and development of several projects in other areas of the country, including Aspen Glen and Coryell Ranch in Carbondale, Colorado; Sagamore in Indianapolis, Indiana; Rose Creek in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; The Traditions Club (Texas A&M) in College Station/Bryan, Texas; and The Georgia Tech Club in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ed is the immediate past-chair of the Real Estate Practice Group for the firm.  The Real Estate Practice Group currently consists of 23 attorneys and 10 paralegals.

Community & Professional

  • American Bar Association
  • Beaufort County Bar Association
  • Hilton Head Island Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar

Outside Maynard Nexsen

"I live on Hilton Head, so I play golf, but my main pastime is hanging with my five grandsons.

I play at Palmetto Bluff, and it is a great course. It's a fairly recent Nicklaus design course, and I'm out there whenever work allows me to get away. Ideally, I'd play once a week.

My grandsons range from less than a year to six years old. I take them on weekend adventures;  we go to the beach sometimes, I take them to play golf, and one of them was into statues, so we drive around the island looking for statues. The oldest is really into Legos, and so I'm helping with 800 piece kits these days. He's a smart kid."


Ed Recognized

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Real Estate Law, Since 2011
  • Advisory Board member - The Charleston School of Law
  • Faculty Member - ALI ABA Seminar on Condominium and PUD Documentation (1985)
  • Martindale-Hubbell "AV" Preeminent Peer Review Rated



  • State Bar: South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court: South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Fourth Circuit
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