A Team In Your Corner 


Hughes Law Office aims to provide our clients with excellent legal counsel and advocacy in a setting of trust, dignity, comfort, and convenience with thoughtful adherence to enduring values.


John R. Hughes


John Hughes has been practicing law for over 34 years. A native of Huron, South Dakota, John received his bachelor's degree from South Dakota State University in 1979. He received his law degree, with distinction, from the University of Nebraska Law School in 1982. Practicing mainly in the areas of business, civil litigation, medical malpractice, adoptions, serious personal injury, wrongful death, and municipal law, he has served as City Attorney of Baltic, South Dakota, since 1996. John and his wife Beth, Adoption Facilitator for Hughes Law Office, have been married for 35 years, and have three grown sons. Read more.

Beth Hughes

adoption Director

Beth Hughes is the adoption coordinator for the Hughes Law Office. Whether the firm is representing the expectant mother or adoptive couple, Beth works hard to make sure that those involved are respected and informed through all phases of the adoption process. A native of Tripp, South Dakota, Beth graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree from South Dakota State University. She worked for seven years in television and radio news broadcasting in Omaha, Nebraska, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, before taking a work hiatus to be a stay-at-home mom to her and John’s three sons.


Jeryl L. Stafford, PLS

Legal secretary

Jeryl “Jeri” Stafford is an administrative assistant and certified professional legal secretary. Jeryl graduated from South Dakota State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. She is a certified Professional Legal Secretary. Originally from Mitchell, SD,  Jeryl and her husband operated a Curves Franchise in Casper, Wyoming, before returning to South Dakota in 2009, where they are now closer to their two grown children.

Hannah Huff

Adoption Coordinator

Hannah is a Sioux Falls native. After graduating from Yale with an MFA degree, Hannah lived and worked in New York City and Los Angeles for two years before moving home to South Dakota to coordinate adoptions at the Hughes Law Office.


Evan Hughes

Staff assistant

Son to Beth and John Hughes, Evan studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston before returning to Sioux Falls. Evan serves Hughes Law Office as the Staff Assistant & office courier and is also pursuing his education in health sciences.

Cindi J. Hiigel


Before moving to South Dakota in 1998, Cindi worked as the assistant to the Executive Director of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. She has worked for the Hughes Aircraft Company, The Hertz Corporation, and also as a church secretary. Cindi lives in Sioux Falls with her husband, a Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Sioux Falls, and their daughter.