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Towson lawyer Hughes dies in auto accident in England

A Towson attorney was killed in a car accident in England earlier this week while on vacation with his family.

Stephen J. Hughes

Stephen J. Hughes, a partner at Treanor, Pope & Hughes P.A., died along with his two sons-in-law Monday in a crash near Sandford-on-Thames, a village in Oxfordshire. Hughes was 57.

His two daughters were also in the car but were taken to the hospital afterward with non-life-threatening injuries, said Mark C. Treanor, a partner at Treanor, Pope & Hughes.

The family had been on vacation celebrating the marriage of Hughes’ youngest daughter to his son-in-law, who was British, Treanor said Thursday. The couple had been married a month earlier and was living in England, Treanor said.

“It’s a tremendous loss to us all personally,” Treanor said. “Steve was an amazing friend. He was a man of unflappable good humor. He’s the consummate trial lawyer but just a genuinely wonderful human being.”

Hughes specialized in medical malpractice and was one of three lawyers who helped found the firm about 20 years ago, Treanor said.

Hughes had been a member of the Maryland Association for Justice since the mid-1990s, where he was a past chair of the group’s medical negligence section. According to a 2001 article in The Daily Record, he was also a member of a Beatles cover band.

“I can’t say enough about how much his presence will be missed both in the community and at the organization,” said Robert J. Zarbin, past president of the Maryland Association for Justice.

Zarbin described Hughes as a person who enjoyed life and said Hughes had been posting photos of his trip on Facebook just days before the crash.

“It looked like he was having a tremendous time,” Zarbin said.

Several of Hughes’ family members flew to England this week after the accident, Treanor said. Funeral arrangements are still pending.

“We lost a very dear family member,” Zarbin said.