James B. McHugh joined Columbia Law School as a lecturer in law in 2004. He was an associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton from 1974 to 1981, after which he joined Goldman, Sachs & Co. as a vice president and of counsel to the firm’s New York and London offices from 1981 to 2004.
McHugh earned his J.D. from the law school at the University of Chicago in 1974. While at the University of Chicago, he was managing editor of the University of Chicago Law Review, and a member of the Order of the Coif. He graduated with a B.A. from Syracuse University.