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Thomas S. Hudson

Thomas S. Hudson

Practice areas:

DUI & DWI, Personal Injury

About Me

Tom Hudson is considered a national authority on DUI defense, as one of about 50 lawyers nationally board-certified in the field by the National College for DUI Defense.  He is a member of the faculty of the NCDD Summer Session, taught at Harvard Law School each July. His criminal law experience includes over 300 jury trials, from traffic violations to felony drug trafficking offenses in State and Federal Court to death penalty murder trials.  He has been trained as a Florida Breath Test Operator, and is certified as an instructor in the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests promulgated by the U.S. Department of Transportation.  He has also been trained as a "DRE" or Drug Recognition Evaluator. Tom has been teaching laymen, paralegals and lawyers for 20 years.


 


Tom Hudson has actively handled Personal Injury matters since 1987.   We have handled over 2000 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 dogbite 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.


 


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 Advisory Board of the Sarasota Animal Rescue Coalition.  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.

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Languages Spoken: Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1980

  1. DUI & DWI: 55%
    35 years, 2.4 thousand cases
  2. Personal Injury: 45%
    35 years, 3 thousand cases

Payment

Fees:

Contingent (25-40%), Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

26 total 

  • William C. Head

    Tom Hudson is one of Florida's brightest and most diligent DUI advocates. He has constructed a web site that offers free information to citizens accused of DUI, and has made it as user-friendly as possible. I have sponsored numerous advanced training seminars in Atlanta as well as NHTSA-approved courses that he has attended, to assure his clients that he is up-to-date on all the latest in legal challenges to the State's evidence. Tom has one more talent that most skilled attorneys do not --- a commanding voice and courtroom delivery that gets jurors' attention, and a judge's attention. He is one of the stars of DUI defense on the west coast of central Florida.

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    William Head DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Donald John Ramsell

    I have known Tom Hudson for several years through our association in the National College of DUI Defense. I consider Tom to be one of the most talented and knowledgeable attorneys I have ever met. He is tenacious and creative. I highly endorse Tom for any matter that he handles.

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    Donald Ramsell DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

The Hudson Law Office

7780 Westmoreland Dr
Sarasota, FL, 34243-1935

The Hudson Law Office

422 Fleming Street
Key West, FL, 33040-6529

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing199608/12/2015
OHInactive198008/10/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Sustaining (Life) MemberNational College for DUI Defense2014
Multi-Million Dollar AdvocateMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2012
State Delegate for the State of FloridaNational College for DUI Defense2010
Board Certification in the Defense of DUI CasesNational College for DUI Defense2008
Certificate of Completion-NHTSA Drug Recognition Expert CourseWalden-Platt Associates2007
Qualified-Expert Witness in the Standardized Field Sobriety TestCounty Court of Sarasota County, Florida2007
Certification as Instructor of Standardized Field Sobriety TestsWalden-Platt Associates2005
Certification as Practitioner-Standardized Field Sobriety TestsWalden-Platt Associates2004
Certification as Breath Test OperatorFlorida Department of Law Enforcement/St. Petersburg College2004
Board of Trustees Certificate of AccomplishmentALSO for Out Youth Inc.1998
Community Contribution AwardSuncoast Cathedral Metropolitan Community Church1998

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Faculty MemberNational College for DUI Defense, Cambridge MA2014 - Present
OwnerHudson Law Office1996 - Present
Radio PersonalityWSRZ-FM, ClearChannel Radio1996 - 2009
Radio PersonalityWMJI-FM Radio, Cleveland, Ohio1992 - 1996
PartnerHudson and Hudson1985 - 1996
Radio Personality, News EditorWHK Radio, Malrite Communications, Cleveland, OH1983 - 1991
Assistant Prosecuting AttorneyCuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office1980 - 1985

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
National College for DUI DefenseFaculty Member2014 - Present
National College for DUI DefenseSustaining Member2014 - Present
Manasota Trial Lawyers BoardSecretary2011 - Present
Animal Rescue Coalition of SarasotaAdvisory Board Member2011 - Present
Manasota Trial Lawyers BoardMember2010 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseFlorida State Delegate2010 - Present
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of SarasotaPet Therapy Volunteer2008 - Present
Grove Pointe Homeowners AssociationVice President2006 - 2008
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Manatee County Chapter)Member2005 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2004 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Sarasota Chapter)Member2003 - Present
Venice Little TheaterMember, Advisory Board2003 - 2005
Temple Sinai of Sarasota, FLTrustee1999 - 2000
ALSO for Out Youth, Inc.Board Member1997 - 1999
Southwest Florida Business GuildBoard Member1997 - 2000
Florida Justice Association (Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)Member1996 - Present
Florida Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1995 - Present
Cuyahoga County Bar AssociationMember1993 - 1996
The Judge Anthony J. Celebreeze Inn of Court, ClevelandMember1985 - 1995
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember1982 - 1996

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
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

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
BookbabyThe Drinker's Guide to Driving: The Secrets of DUI from One of America's Top DUI Lawyers2013
Headlines Marketing Corporation publicationFlorida Source Code Litigation2009
Mainstream MagazineCross-Currents (Monthly Legal Column)1999
Mainstream MagazineCross Currents (Monthly Legal Column)1998
Mainstream MagazineCross-Currents (Monthly Legal Column)1997

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
National College for DUI DefenseSummer Session held at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MAN/A2015
National College for DUI DefenseSummer Session held at the Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MAN/A2014
National College for DUI DefenseSummer Session held at The Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MAN/A2013
National College for DUI DefenseWinter Session held at Orlando, FloridaCertificate of Achievement2012
National College for DUI DefenseSummer Session held at the Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MACertificate of Achievement2012
National College for DUI DefenseSummer Session held at the Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MACertificate of Achievement2011
National College for DUI DefenseSummer Session held at the Harvard Law School, Cambridge MACertificate of Achievement2010
National College for DUI DefenseSummer Session held at the Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MACertificate of Achievement2009
National College for DUI DefenseWinter Session held at Honolulu, HICertificate of Achievement2008
National College for DUI DefenseSummer Session held at Harvard Law School, Cambridge MACertificate of Achievement2007
National College for DUI DefenseSummer Session held at Harvard Law School, Cambridge MACertificate of Achievement2006
National College for DUI DefenseSummer Session held at Harvard Law School, Cambridge MACertificate of Achievement2005
Case Western Reserve University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Kenyon CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts cum laude1977

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
7th Annual Diving into a DUI Seminar-Key West, FLDUI Defense and Alcoholism2013
Quarterly meetingFriends Don't Let Friends Plead Guilty: Defending a DUI Case in Florida2012
Monthly membership meetingFriends Don't Let Friends Plead Guilty: Defending a DUI Case in Florida2012
Best in Show Gala, ARCademy AwardsAnimal Rescue Coalition Emergency Medical Fund2012
Diving into a OWI CaseDealing with the Difficult DUI Client2011
ARC Safari "Best in Show" GalaAnimal Rescue Coalition Emergency Medical Fund2011
Criminal JusticeDUI Defense-Guest Instructor2008
Breath Instrument Source Code SeminarDUI Defense2008
Standardized Field Sobriety TestsDUI Defense2006
Standardized Field Sobriety TestsDUI Defense2005
In-House CLE Program-Hillsborough County Public DefenderCross Examination in the Criminal Case2004
The Art of Cross ExaminationCross Examination in the Criminal Case2003