Weekday Litigator, Weekend Race Car Driver

Five weekends a year, look for Ed Hugo on the racetrack

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By Beth Taylor on October 10, 2019


About five weekends a year, Ed Hugo heads to the races in one of his beloved, mostly vintage cars. In between, he practices civil defense law at Hugo Parker in San Francisco.

Hugo has been racing for about 17 years. Hugo’s most recent first-place finish (video above) was at CSRG’s Season Opening event at Sears Point in April 2019 in his 1958 Corvette. 

We recently caught up with Hugo while he was in the midst of a seven-day, nearly 2,000-mile course through Mexico, La Carrera Panamericana, from Oct. 10-17, 2019. He and son Marc competed as co-drivers in his cherry-red LT Special. 

Back in 2009, we published a story about his fast-paced hobby in Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine.

“As a trial lawyer and race car driver, you perform at your best when you are calm, confident and in control. … The execution is the same. One question too many is the equivalent of one mph too fast. An overly conservative examination is the equivalent of going too slow. Failing to address a critical issue is missing a shift. You are finding the limits of control in the pursuit of victory.”

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