Diesel Injury Law

About Hughes Law Offices

Andrew Hughes

Attorney, founder

Railroad cancer lawyer Andrew Hughes founded Hughes Law Offices after he spent over 15 years defending railroads in FELA lawsuits. He also defended electrical and brake manufacturers in toxic tort asbestos cases.

By representing them, Andrew saw first-hand what these companies did to their workers. He gained a great understanding of the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), the law that applies to railroad workers. And he also learned how companies defend toxic tort cases. That background makes him uniquely qualified to prosecute your railroad cancer claim.

Andrew has litigated and tried cases against the country’s top toxic tort and FELA attorneys. He will work with accomplished experts in occupational medicine, oncology, toxicology and industrial hygiene to prove up your railroad cancer claim.

Andrew retired his defense litigator black hat in part, when he was asked a simple question by his son: Dad, do you help people at your work?

Heeding that call, and armed with a deep understanding of the subject matter, Andrew decided to focus his drive on helping railroad workers suffering from illnesses such as cancer and leukemia.

Hughes Law Offices was not founded as a general practice law firm. We don’t handle car accidents, wills and dog bites. We are here to serve the many railroad workers who endured years of exposures to diesel exhaust, asbestos, solvents, creosote, second-hand smoke and many other toxins found in the railroads’ shops, locomotives, yards and main lines.

Andrew is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he was a member of the Dean’s List and where he was awarded the Pro Bono Service Award for service to the community.

He is licensed to practice in Illinois and Missouri state courts. He is a member of the Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois, and he is admitted to practice in the Wisconsin Federal District Courts.

Tom Guillen


Like Andrew, Tom began his practice defending large corporations in
asbestos-related premises and product liability actions.

While working for an Am Law 100 national firm, Tom represented manufacturers of electrical components, automotive brakes, heavy trucks, semis, tractors, farm equipment, gaskets, pumps and valves. In doing so, Tom has litigated against leading toxic tort law firms based throughout the United States.

The son of a journeyman insulator, Tom grew up on the Southside of Chicago. In college, Tom became a member of the Local 17 Heat and Frost Insulators and he was actually licensed to remove asbestos.

Tom has worked in refineries, coal-fired power plants, and other commercial and industrial facilities and he appreciates that the employees and tradesmen make these places work.

Tom has spent the majority of his legal career working on cases involving pipefitters, mechanics, farmers, machinists, carpenters, boilermakers, bricklayers, insulators, electricians, millwrights, HVAC workers, sheet metal workers and roustabouts. As a result, he has a unique appreciation for the exposures endured by workers in numerous industries. Most of Tom’s previous cases involved plaintiffs diagnosed with asbestos-related conditions, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and certain digestive cancers.

After graduating from Northwestern University, Tom attended Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he was a member of the Dean’s List. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and is a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the Chicago Bar Association.

Tom has always tried to find time to serve the community. He has received multiple awards related to his pro bono service, most recently for representing a prisoner in a civil rights matter. He is currently a board member of Cabrini Green Legal Aid, an organization that provides free legal work for people throughout Chicagoland.

Tom has a unique perspective on toxic tort justice because of his personal history: His dad was exposed to asbestos and other chemicals at work and was later diagnosed with cancer. After a long and painful fight, his dad died of cancer. Tom knows that a lawsuit brings little comfort to those left behind, but does believe that restoring financial stability and hope for the future is a powerful part of justice.

Client Testimonials

Real People. Real Cases.

53 West Jackson Boulevard Chicago IL 60604 US
(312) 877-5588
5/5 based on 4 reviews

Wrongful Death Case

My family hired attorney Hughes for the wrongful death of my brother. Mr. Hughes worked very hard on our case, the results were excellent. I would recommend him to anyone needing an attorney, he is a very fair and kind person.

Unique Expertise

Andrew took over my asthma claim with the railroad after a different law firm failed to meet expectations. Andrew’s unique expertise in the field of diesel related injury gave him the ability to build my case exceptionally well. When Andrew presented...

Professional and Trustworthy

From my very first contact with Andrew we have found him to be compassionate, hard working and trust worthy. In the eight months we were associated with Andrew we feel he has also become a friend of ours...

Worked Diligently

For the past two years Andrew Hughes has worked diligently in helping me with my case against the Norfolk Southern R.R. During this time he has kept me thoroughly informed about my case his expertise led to me getting a generous settlement...

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