James (Jay) E. Hughes, Jr., Esq.
Mr. Hughes, a resident of Aspen, Colorado, is the author of Family Wealth: Keeping It in the Family, and of Family – The Compact Among Generations, both published by Bloomberg Press and is the co-author with Susan Messenzio and Keith Whitaker of a new book, The Cycle of the Gift: Family Wealth and Wisdom published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. as well as numerous articles on family governance and wealth preservation and a series of Reflections which can be found on his website jamesehughes.com.
He was the founder of a law partnership in New York City specializing in the representation of private clients throughout the world and is now retired from the active practice of law. He is a frequent lecturer for and member of the Purposeful Planning Institute. He is also an early member of the Family Firm Institute and has lectured for them at a number of their annual gatherings. He has spoken frequently at numerous international and domestic symposia on the avoidance of the shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves proverb and the growth of families’ human, intellectual, social, spiritual and financial capitals toward their families’ flourishing. He is an advisor to the Kai Feng Family Heritage Institute located at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China whose mission is to bring to Chinese families the Globe's knowledge on how to nurture the growth of great families.
He is an emeritus member of the Board of Prescott College, a Counselor to the Family Office Exchange, an emeritus member of the Board of The Philanthropic Initiative; an emeritus faculty member of the Institute for Private Investors; a retired member of the Board of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, and a retired member of the Board of the Rocky Mountain Institute. He is a member of boards of various private trust companies, an advisor to numerous investment institutions, a member of a number of private philanthropic boards, and a member of the editorial boards of various professional journals. Mr. Hughes was a partner of the law firms of Coudert Brothers and Jones, Day, Reavis and Pogue. He is a graduate of the Far Brook School, which teaches through the Arts, The Pingry School, Princeton University and The Columbia School of Law. He is one of the thirteen founders of the Collaboration for Family Flourishing; recipient of the Private Asset Management Lifetime Achievement Award, the Ackerman Institute Family Partner Award and the Family Office Exchange Founders Award.