John F. Mathews

John F. Mathews

St. Cloud, Minnesota

John is a third-generation attorney in the law practice established by his grandfather, Fred Hughes, in 1934.  Consistent with this firm’s long-standing philosophy, John enjoys working closely with clients on a personal level in order to comprehensively address their legal concerns.  His primary areas of focus are business formation, business transactions, trademark and servicemark registration, real estate, land use and zoning, healthcare, non-profit formation and compliance, estate planning, and probate administration.  John has formed and advised business clients, including franchisees, retail businesses, entertainment businesses, healthcare and long-term care facilities, and non-profit, tax-exempt entities.  John has also litigated business contract disputes, shareholder disputes, landlord issues, and other real property issues. 

Areas of Practice

  • Transactions
  • Healthcare
  • Business
  • Contracts
  • Intellectual Property
  • Non-Profit and Tax-Exempt Entities
  • Real Estate
  • Land Use Law
  • Estate Planning and Probate

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2010
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2011


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D.
  • St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota
    • B.A.
    • Major: Philosophy

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Section Member: Civil Litigation; Business Law; Health Law; Labor & Employment
  • Stearns/Benton Bar Association
  • John E. Simonett American Inn of Court
  • St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce

Past Employment Positions

  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities: Student Conflict Resolution Center, Student Advocate, 2008-2010; Civil Rights Moot Court Student Director, 2009-2010
  • College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, Admission Representative, 2003 - 2004
  • Mount Michael Benedictine, Assistant Dean, 2005 - 2006
  • St. Joseph Home for Children, Residential Treatment Youth Counselor, 2006 - 2007