I've been practicing law for over 30 years, beginning with 6 years as a prosecuting attorney in Cleveland, Ohio. My 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. I've been trained as a Florida Breath Test Operator, and am certified as an instructor in the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests promulgated by the U.S. Department of Transportation. I have also been trained as a "DRE" or Drug Recognition Evaluator. I am one of fewer than 50 lawyers nationwide, and only three in the State of Florida, who have passed the national DUI Defense Board Certification test administered by the National College for DUI Defense. I have been teaching laymen, paralegals and lawyers for 20 years, most recently as part of the Faculty of the National College for DUI Defense Summer Session, held at the Harvard Law School.
I have 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. I am a member of the Manasota Trial Lawyers Board, which is a professional association of the leading plaintiffs' counsel in the Sarasota/Bradenton area. I am 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. I have had the honor of sitting on numerous nonprofit boards, and am currently a member of the board of the Sarasota Animal Rescue Coalition. Along with my three-legged pit bull Pippi, I 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.