Based on my experience with Ms. Hudson, she doesn't fit the typical perception of attorneys that most people have.
1. She's sharp...very sharp.
2. She actually cares about her clients.
3. When she's focused on your case, she's totally focused on your case.
4. She treats her clients with dignity and respect.
5. Though quite aggressive from a legal standpoint, she is not hostile or arrogant with judges, other attorneys, opposing parties, or clients.
6. She is very good at "thinking on her feet" and is able to respond quickly and tactfully to situations that suddenly appear during a hearing.
In summary, if you're looking for an arrogant attorney from a big prestigious law firm, or one with a hostile "junkyard dog" demeanor, look elsewhere. However, if you're looking for a sharp attorney who doesn't fit the stereotype that spawns the plethora of lawyer jokes and causes people to despise attorneys, Ms. Hudson is worth consideration.
Posted by a Family client
If you are looking for a lawyer who is not only smart but has an excellent reputation in the Alameda County court system, Heidi Hudson is the lawyer for you. Once I felt Ms Hudson understood what was really going on with our family situation I was able to completely step back and take her advice and follow her coaching without worrying.
If your family is in a high conflict separation or divorce and you are tired of trying to convince professionals (judges, mediators, therapists, lawyers) that the high conflict is the result of much more than just a he said she said conflict or different parenting styles, Heidi can help.
Heidi has become very skilled at understanding that high conflict can be rooted in at least one of the parents having a true but perhaps undiagnosed personality disorder. It has been my experience that personality disorders wreak havoc on the family by often (not always) fooling the court system, mediators and therapists. The result to the family is a case that is dragged on for years with a revolving door to the courtroom and your children being subjected to multiple custody order changes each year, flopping them back and forth between parents.
Heidi has a deep understanding of how the courts handle these high conflict cases, what they will and will not listen to, what you need to do and more importantly NOT do to best protect your children. She thinks out of the box to reduce the risk and stress on your family.
I highly recommend contacting Heidi Hudson, especially for those dealing with a high conflict divorce or separation.
Posted by a Divorce client
Heidi handled my divorce with dilligence, care, and thoughtfulness. She is a lawyer's lawyer. There may be bigger "names" out there, but if you ask those in the know, they will point you to Heidi. And her bill was reasonable under the circumstances. What more could you ask for? No regrets. Pure and simple.
Posted by a Divorce client
Heidi was intelligent and thoughtful in her design and management of a difficult divorce involving children and a somewhat complicated X-spouse. She was extremeley supportive when necessary and knew how to create good boundries for all parties involved. She had the children's well being and support in mind as her primary objective.