Tom Hudson

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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 Hudson has actively handled Personal Injury matters since 1987. We have handled over 2000 civil and personal injury cases, and have tried over 40 to a jury verdict. We were responsible for one of the largest personal injury verdicts in Sarasota County, Florida in 2008. ($1.5 million dollars for a dog bite case.) We have been successful with multi-million dollar settlements in wrongful death and negligence cases. Tom is a member of the Manasota Trial Lawyers Board, which is a professional association of the leading plaintiffs' counsel in the Sarasota/Bradenton area. He is also a Life Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Tom Hudson is one of four lawyers in the State of Florida who is board-certified in the defense of DUI cases. In order to achieve that distinction, Tom had to undertake a year-long course of study, and had to pass a written exam and oral exam, in Honolulu, HI, in January of 2008. A board certified DUI lawyer must demonstrate mastery of the criminal law, criminal procedure, drivers license regulations, blood and breath testing and metrology. Tom's board certification, from the National College for DUI Defense, has been renewed twice. 

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Besides our legal accomplishments, The Hudson Law Office has been active in our community. Tom has had the honor of sitting on numerous nonprofit boards, and is currently a member of the Board of the Sarasota Animal Rescue Coalition. ARC has run a program in Sarasota for 20 years, to provide free and low-cost spay and neutering for dogs and cats, to stem the population of homeless companion animals. It is the founding principle of ARC that no animal should lose its life to make room for another in a shelter.

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Along with his three-legged pit bull Pippi, Tom volunteered at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota every Saturday afternoon for over five years, visiting the patients and inspiring them with Pippi's courage.

Our main office is in Sarasota, and we have a satellite office in the middle of Old Town Key West, at the corner of Duval and Fleming Streets.

Practice Areas:

  • DUI and DWI
  • Personal Injury

License:

  • FL - Member in Good Standing  (1996)
  • OH - Inactive (1980)

Awards:

  • Sustaining (Life) Member - National College for DUI Defense (2014)
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocate - Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum (2012)
  • State Delegate for the State of Florida - National College for DUI Defense (2010)
  • Board Certification in the Defense of DUI Cases - National College for DUI Defense (2008)
  • Certificate of Completion-NHTSA Drug Recognition Expert Course - Walden-Platt Associates (2007)
  • Qualified-Expert Witness in the Standardized Field Sobriety Test - County Court of Sarasota County, Florida (2007)
  • Certification as Instructor of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests - Walden-Platt Associates (2005)
  • Certification as Practitioner-Standardized Field Sobriety Tests - Walden-Platt Associates (2004)
  • Certification as Breath Test Operator - Florida Department of Law Enforcement/St. Petersburg College (2004)
  • Board of Trustees Certificate of Accomplishment - ALSO for Out Youth Inc. (1998)
  • Community Contribution Award - Suncoast Cathedral Metropolitan Community Church (1998)

Work Experience:

  • Faculty Member - National College for DUI Defense, Cambridge MA (2014 - Present)
  • Owner - Hudson Law Office (1996 - Present)
  • Radio Personality - WSRZ-FM, Clear Channel Radio (1996 - 2009)
  • Radio Personality - WMJI-FM Radio, Cleveland, Ohio (1992 - 1996)
  • Partner - Hudson and Hudson (1985 - 1996)
  • Radio Personality, News Editor - WHK Radio, Malrite Communications, Cleveland, OH (1983 - 1991)
  • Assistant Prosecuting Attorney - Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office (1980 - 1985)

Associations:

  • National College for DUI Defense - Faculty Member (2014 - Present)
  • National College for DUI Defense - Sustaining Member (2014 - Present)
  • Manasota Trial Lawyers Board - Secretary (2011 - Present)
  • Animal Rescue Coalition of Sarasota - Advisory Board Member (2011 - Present)
  • Manasota Trial Lawyers Board - Member (2010 - Present)
  • National College of DUI Defense - Florida State Delegate (2010 - Present)
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Manatee County Chapter) - Member (2005 - Present)
  • National College of DUI Defense - Member (2004 - Present)
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Sarasota Chapter) - Member (2003 - Present)
  • Florida Bar Association - Member (1996 - Present)
  • Florida Justice Association (Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers) - Member (1996 - Present)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Member (1995 - Present)
  • HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota - Pet Therapy Volunteer (2008 - 2013)
  • Grove Pointe Homeowners Association - Vice President (2006 - 2008)
  • Venice Little Theater - Member, Advisory Board (2003 - 2005)
  • Temple Sinai of Sarasota, FL - Trustee (1999 - 2000)
  • Southwest Florida Business Guild - Board Member (1997 - 2000)
  • ALSO for Out Youth, Inc. - Board Member (1997 - 1999)
  • Cuyahoga County Bar Association - Member (1993 - 1996)
  • The Judge Anthony J. Celebreeze Inn of Court, Cleveland - Member (1985 - 1995)
  • Ohio State Bar Association - Member (1982 - 1996)

Publications:

  • Bookbaby - The Drinker's Guide to Driving: The Secrets of DUI from One of America's Top DUI Lawyers (2013)
  • Headlines Marketing Corporation publication - Florida Source Code Litigation (2009)
  • Mainstream Magazine - Cross-Currents (Monthly Legal Column) (1997 - 1999)

Education:

  • National College for DUI Defense - Certificate of Achievement   (2005 - 2015)
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law - Juris Doctor (1980)
  • Kenyon College - Bachelor of Arts cum laude (1977)

Speaking Engagements:

  • 7th Annual Diving into a DUI Seminar-Key West, FL - DUI Defense and Alcoholism (2013)
  • Quarterly meeting - Friends Don't Let Friends Plead Guilty: Defending a DUI Case in Florida (2012)
  • Monthly membership meeting - Friends Don't Let Friends Plead Guilty: Defending a DUI Case in Florida (2012)
  • Best in Show Gala, ARCademy Awards - Animal Rescue Coalition Emergency Medical Fund (2012)
  • Diving into a OWI Case - Dealing with the Difficult DUI Client (2011)
  • ARC Safari "Best in Show" Gala  - Animal Rescue Coalition Emergency Medical Fund (2011)
  • Criminal Justice - DUI Defense-Guest Instructor (2008)
  • Breath Instrument Source Code Seminar - DUI Defense (2008)
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Tests - DUI Defense (2006)
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Tests - DUI Defense (2005)
  • In-House CLE Program-Hillsborough County Public Defender - Cross Examination in the Criminal Case (2004)
  • The Art of Cross Examination - Cross Examination in the Criminal Case (2003)

Legal Cases:

  • Estate of B.C. v. M.R. (Settlement of $2.1 million)
  • DO v. Miller ($1.5 Million Jury Verdict for Dog bite)
  • State of Florida v. A.R. (Jury Verdict of Not Guilty)
  • State of Florida v.A.P. (Jury Verdict of Not Guilty)
  • State of Florida v. M.P. (Jury Verdict of Not Guilty)
  • State of Florida v. H. E. (Jury Verdict of Not Guilty)
  • State of Florida v. M.M. (Jury Verdict of Not Guilty)

What Clients Say:

“Mr. Hudson was and is in my opinion a class A DUI Attorney. I received my 2nd DUI in 2 yrs (shy 1 month) Mr. Hudson did everything he could to reduce my sentence. I am a senior citizen and in poor health. He always makes himself available and always kept me informed and calm. I recommend him highly and I was lucky to have him as my attorney. I can say I also consider him a friend.”  - Beverly

“Answered all the questions i had, returned my phone calls, and Did everything he could for me and saved my future. Thank you Tom!! “- Melissa B

“Amazing job...would definitely recommend...had my relative's charges and penalties reduced to lowest possible levels, and records can be sealed (which other attorneys thought would not be possible)” Timothy R

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  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...

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.