Zinzow Law
Joseph Hughey

Joseph Hughey

Director of Business Development and Operations

“Face your fear, empty yourself, trust your own voice, let go of control, have faith in outcomes, connect with a larger purpose, derive meaning from the struggle.” – Jigoro Kano, Founder, Kodokan Judo

Joe Hughey is the Firm’s Director of Business Development & Operations. As such, he is tasked with the development and strategy of Firm development and subsequent implementation. He has 18 years of experience working with attorneys and executives. Previously, Joe worked with national firms as well as global brands, such as Tech Data Corporation, Nicopure Labs, and RJ Reynolds International. Joe holds degrees in Sport and Entertainment Management and Physics from the University of South Carolina. He also received a Masters in Public Affairs with a focus in Emotional Intelligence from the University of Texas at Dallas.


  • University of South Carolina – B.S. Sport and Entertainment Management
  • University of South Carolina – B.S. Physics
  • University of Texas at Dallas – Masters, Public Affairs

Professional Affiliations

  • Coach & Instructor Tampa Judo Dojo
  • Coach & Instructor St. Pete Judo
  • Coach & Instructor Tampa / Brand YMCA
  • Member, St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, NoiseMakers, St. Petersburg
  • Member, St. Anthony’s Hospital Board of Directors

Get to know Joseph

Joe prides himself on his family ties and connections to the community. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Joe holds true to his Western PA values of hard work, compassion for others, and loyalty. Raised as the youngest of seven children, he spent his childhood as a competitive athlete in Judo, swimming, and wrestling. Joe grew up in a family that valued civic responsibility, his father making a career at the American Red Cross and his mother as a life long nurse.

As an adult Joe has continued his volunteerism through coaching Judo. Often you can find him instructing at Tampa / Brandon YMCA, St. Pete Judo, or Tampa Judo. If not on the mat, you will find Joe playing his guitar with local St. Pete artists or accompanying his daughter at local concerts. Joe is a 20 year resident of St. Petersburg and engaged to be married to Kristin Fraser.