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An Unexpected Honor

Posted by Tom Hudson | Jul 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Time: Friday afternoon

Place: Main Lecture Hall, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts

I was checking my voicemails out in the hallway, while they were running through some announcements at the Summer Session of the National College for DUI Defense.  A colleague from Ohio opened the door and said, "Tom!  Get in there!  They're talking about you!"

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Photo credit: Patricia Smith

I dropped what I was doing, and went into the lecture hall. As I entered, I saw the Dean of the College, Peter Gerstenzang, at the podium, and he said "There he is!" as everyone started clapping.  "Come on down to the front, Tom!"  I walked to the front of the room, and was awarded a plaque as a Sustaining Member of the National College for DUI Defense.  I don't even remember what nice things Dean Gerstenzang said, but the whole thing caught me totally off guard.

I am very proud to be associated with the College. Teaching here has been a wonderful experience and I look forward to more involvement with the College in the years to come. I have learned so much from these fine lawyers over the past ten years.  I am proud that someone thinks I have given something back as well.

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Tom Hudson

Known nationwide as a leading DUI defense lawyer, Tom has tried over 350 jury trials, including numerous death penalty cases. He now limits his criminal practice to DUI defense. His civil practice is devoted to getting fair compensation for the victims of negligence. Tom has attained multiple verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million, and is a Life Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. In 2008, Tom Hudson passed the National Board Certification Test for DUI Attorneys in Honolulu, Hawaii. NOTE: The State of Florida does not yet recognize DUI defense as a Specialty.

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Board Certification in DUI Defense

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Tom Hudson passed the National Board Certification Examination (written and oral) in Honolulu in 2008, and was recertified in 2013. He was one of the first 50 lawyers granted national board certification in DUI Defense, and is nationally recognized as an authority in DUI law.

Why We're Different

Board Certification as a DUI Specialist by the National College for DUI Defense. Formal NHTSA Certification as an Instructor of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests given by police in DUI cases. Formal training as a NHTSA Drug Recognition Evaluator. ("Drug Evaluation & Classification") Formal training to operate the Intoxilyzer 8000, Florida's official breath test instrument. Extensive experience in teaching other attorneys how to handle DUI cases. Hundreds of jury trials both as defense lawyer and as prosecutor. Florida's State Delegate to the National College for DUI Defense.