Tom Hudson

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Tom Hudson is a problem-solver.  He listens to his clients' concerns and finds pragmatic solutions.  When necessary, he goes to trial on his cases and is known in both Ohio and Florida as a gifted advocate in the courtroom.  

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Tom has been practicing criminal law since 1980, and personal injury law since 1985.  He is rated 10.0/10.0 (Superb) on Avvo.com, and has been AV-Rated (Preeminent) by Martindale-Hubbell. He has been a life member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an organization comprised of attorneys who have acted as lead counsel on large civil cases, in excess of $2 million, since 2012.

Tom is also known for his charitable work, particularly with animals.  He has been on the Board of the Sarasota Animal Rescue Coalition (AnimalRescueCoalition.org) since 2011.  He has also served on the board of other nonprofit organizations, including the Southwest Florida Business Guild, Temple Sinai Congregation, and ALSO for Out Youth.  For years, Tom visited

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HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital with his three-legged dog Pippi, to visit the patients and buoy their spirits.  Pippi and Tom visited every Saturday afternoon to make the patients smile.

Tom Hudson's Education:

Juris Doctor, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio, 1980, Top 10% Graduate, (23/225), (Magee Scholar, 1978-79)

Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, 1977

Certificate of Completion, NHTSA Curriculum, Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, Atlanta, GA, January, 2004.

Certificate of Completion, NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor Course, Atlanta, GA, March, 2004.

Certificate of Completion, Florida Breath Test Operator Class (qualified to operate the Intoxilyzer 5000 and the Intoxilyzer 8000, Florida's official breath test instruments), St. Petersburg College, October, 2004.

Certificate of Achievement, Summer Session, National College for DUI Defense, Held at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, July, 2005

Certificate of Completion, Retrograde Extrapolation Training and Intoxilyzer 8000 Operators Course, Tunica, MS, December 2005.

Certificate of Achievement, Summer Session, National College for DUI Defense, Held at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, July, 2006.

Certificate of Completion, NHTSA Curriculum, "Drug Evaluation and Classification" (Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) School), Atlanta, GA, November, 2006

Certificate of Achievement, Summer Session, National College for DUI Defense, Held at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, July, 2007

Certificate of Achievement, Winter Session, National College for DUI Defense, Held at Honolulu, HI, January, 2008.

Certificate of Achievement, Summer Session, National College for DUI Defense, Held at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, July, 2008.

Certificate of Achievement, Summer Session, National College for DUI Defense, Held at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, July, 2009

Certificate of Achievement, Summer Session, National College for DUI Defense, Held at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, July, 2010.

Certificate of Achievement, Summer Session, National College for DUI Defense, Held at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, July, 2011

Certificate of Achievement, Winter Session, National College for DUI Defense, Held at Orlando, FL, January, 2012.

Certificate of Achievement, Summer Session, National College for DUI Defense, Held at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, July, 2012.

Certificate of Achievement, Summer Session, National College for DUI Defense, Held at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, July, 2013.

Certificate of Achievement, Summer Session, National College for DUI Defense, Held at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, July, 2014.

Certificate of Achievement, Winter Session, National College for DUI Defense, Held at Orlando, FL, January, 2015.

Certificate of Achievement, Summer Session, National College for DUI Defense, Held at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, July, 2015.

Certificate of Achievement, Winter Session, National College for DUI Defense, Held at Marina del Rey, CA, January, 2016.

Tom Hudson's Employment

Legal Employment

1996 to Present--Private Practice, The Hudson Law Office, 7780 Westmoreland Dr., Sarasota, FL

1988-1996--Private Practice of Law, Hudson and Associates, 1700 Terminal Tower, Cleveland, OH

1987-88--Partner, Ott & Hudson, Suite 1111, 33 Public Square, Cleveland, OH

1985-87--Private Practice of Law, 1010 Engineers Building, Cleveland, OH

1980-85--Assistant County Prosecutor, Felony Division, Cuyahoga County, 1300 Ontario Street, Cleveland, OH

1979-80--Assistant Lakewood Municipal Prosecutor, 12650 Detroit Ave, Lakewood OH

Non-Legal Employment

9/96-9/09--Air Personality, Oldies 108, WSRZ-FM Radio, Sarasota, FL

9/99-5/00--Religious School Instructor, Temple Sinai Reform Jewish Congregation, Sarasota, FL

9/94-9/96--Air Personality, Majic 105.7, WMJI-FM Radio, Cleveland, OH

1992-1994--Legal Affairs Editor, WERE-AM 1300 Radio, Cleveland, OH

1985-87--Air Personality and News Editor, WHK-AM 1420, Cleveland, OH

1996-99--Monthly Columnist, "CrossCurrents", Mainstream Magazine, Sarasota, FL

Miscellaneous:

Admitted in Ohio, Florida, and the Federal Courts, including

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

Numerous appearances before State Supreme Courts.

Over 350 civil and criminal jury trials, including dozens of murder trials and several death penalty cases.

Board Certified in DUI Defense, National College for DUI Defense, Honolulu, HI, 2008

Life Member, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, September, 2012.

Associations:Member-Bar of the State of Ohio

Member-The Florida BarFlorida Justice Association

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Sarasota Chapter, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Manatee County Chapter, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund----Cooperating Attorney

Manasota Trial Lawyers Board

Florida State Delegate to the National College for DUI Defense, 2010-present

Regional Coordinator of State Delegates for the Southeast Region for the National College for DUI Defense

NonProfit Board Memberships:

Temple Sinai Reform Congregation, Board of Directors, 2000

Southwest Florida Business Guild, 1997-2000

ALSO for Gay Youth, Inc., 1997-1999

Advisory Board, ALSO for Gay Youth, Inc., 1999-2005

Florida State Delegate, National College for DUI Defense, 2010-2015

Advisory Board, Animal Rescue Coalition of Sarasota, Inc., 2011-present

Officer, Manasota Trial Lawyers Board, 2011-present

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Recommendations

  • Only the Best

    Tom is a huge advocate for his clients. I could not have hoped for a better outcome in my case. The outcome was such because of the knowledge, skills and ability which Tom possesses. He is dedicated to his work and, more importantly, his clients. That means obtaining the best result no matter the...
  • Every Step of the Way

    Thanks for all your help in my automobile personal injury case. You were there with me every step of the way. You made the whole process simple and easy. I would recommend you to any of my friends or a complete stranger in a heart beat. i hope i dont have any future personal injury in the future...
  • Complete Honesty

    Mr. Hudson and his staff were diligent and caring and represented my interests on two difficult occasions. This attorney has a trait which is difficult to come by. He is completely honest and is careful to put his client’s interest before his own. I recommend them.
  • Professional Expertise

    I highly recommend the Hudson Law Firm. After suffering a personal injury as a result of an automobile accident I contacted the firm after seeing their wonderful advertisement on a local television station. From my first call and throughout the whole case the office staff was friendly, profession...
  • A Satisfied Personal Injury Client

    I was recommended to Tom, from a wonderful friend that i have known for years. She heard what happened to me and immediately recommended Tom Hudson. I called Tom's office, and immediately, he called me back and met with me. No waiting around for phone calls for days. He is the easiest person to t...
  • Second Time Clients

    This is the second time Tom Hudson has represented us in a car wreck case and I hope there's never a third, obviously, but Tom's office would be the next call we make after we get off the phone with 911. Those highly-advertised big law firms just put their clients on an assembly line, settle the...
  • Kept Me in the Loop

    I would highly recommend Attorney Tom Hudson as he represented me in a car accident. I was very happy with the services he and his staff provided. I was always kept in the loop as the case proceeded and truly felt that he had my best interests at heart. I would not hesitate to recommend Atto...

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.