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Hudson Thomas Bair

DUI and DWI Attorney at San Francisco, CA

4.6   8 reviews

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Hudson T. Bair, a California native, went to law school at Golden Gate School of Law located in San Francisco, California. He graduated in 1994 and was admitted to the California Bar in December of that same year. Following graduation, he worked on behalf of individuals injured by work-related contact with asbestos. While representing these individuals he became acutely aware of medical issues relating to lungs, specifically impaired lung function due to asbestos and other occupational causes. That interest led him to the area of breath testing, specifically breath testing for the presence of alcohol. In 1997, he joined with Bruce Kapsack to form one of the top defense firms in California, focusing exclusively on defense of driving under the influence charges.\Mr. Bair has continued to focus on driving under the influence cases. As a member of the Association of California Deuce Defenders and the National College of DUI Defense, he frequently attends training sessions presented by these organizations.

 

To further his skills and training, Mr. Bair has also achieved certification as a Drug Recognition Screener. This very specialized training significantly elevates the chances for success in cases where alcohol is not the suspected cause of the driver's impairment.

 

In June of 2000, Mr. Bair received certification as an Instructor in Standardized Field Sobriety testing (SFST). Completing a rigorous, forty-hour training session that included both classroom and practical training in the proper administration and use of SFST's.

 

Mr. Bair knows that his continued emphasis on education in the area of DUI defense strengthens his skills at negotiation and trial. Knowledge of the latest issues with regard to breath and blood testing, friendships with many of the top state and national defense attorneys and hard work are the best tools for a successful outcome to your case.

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Licensed for 28 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1994
Updated 09/14/2022

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

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Bair legal
58 West Portal Avenue, #154
San Francisco, CA, 94127

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
CMV DUI - SPOT ON ADVICE!
Gave the best, and most knowledgeable response of all respondents. All the other guys just wanted you to pay or retain them. Mr. Bair actually cared about giving good knowledge and help.
Response from Hudson Bair February 11, 2021
Thank you for your kind words, I appreciate your comments and I am happy to have provided an answer you found helpful, I wish you the best you as you head into "uncharted" waters.
Posted by anonymous | November 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI
My consultation with Hudson, he came to me and we talked about my case over coffee. This was a pleasant change of pace compared to me trying to do everything myself and getting a "run around" from city and county departments. However, I hired Hudson for particular reason. Out of all the attorneys I talked to, I felt that Hudson was the only one who took the time to actually read my police report. Because Hudson was the only one who pointed out the fact that the arresting officer referred to me by a name that was not my own. It was Hudson's attention to detail that made it easy to hire him. I am very grateful for Hudson. He was honest, straight forward and sensitive to my legal status. Thank you again Hudson, I feel lucky with the results of court case and DMV case.
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Posted by joey | March 17, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Getting things done.
If you're in the unfortunate position of needing a DUI attorney, Hudson is a formidable ally for your defense. Especially if you truly believe that you have a strong case. In my personal case, I was arrested from my home 45 minutes upon arriving home, and consuming alcohol in my home. K and B believed I had a case. I believed it too. But it wasn't without pain. Waiting. Grandstanding by the DA. It's all a game. But with strong and smart counsel, ten months later, my DUI was dismissed. But believe you me, this is not Perry Mason, where cases are done in two days. It's court appearance after hearing after this and that. They can't take your worry away, but they will work with everything they have to win. And in the end, that's what we both wanted. And the money, who cares? I thought I was underpaying anyway, even if it went a different way. Thanks Hudson and Bruce, Knapsack and Bair is who you need when you're in a DUI pickle.
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Posted by Amy | June 15, 2015
Saved My Life
I'm going through a divorce and made a serious mistake, I drank and drove. I contacted Mr. Bair's office and was scheduled for a consultation later that same day. His office contacted the DMV and protected my license before he even took my case. He took as much time as I needed to answer questions, he didn't sugar coat the potential outcomes but put my mind a ease that he would work hard on my behalf. Fast forward several months, my hit and run charges were dropped (I'm in financial services, a hit and run conviction would have ended my career) and other charges were reduced, I was able to handle the outcome without losing my livelihood.
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Posted by Jeremy | March 27, 2013
Great Outcome Good Attorney
I spoke with several lawyers before deciding that Kapsack & Bair was the right decision for me. I was convinced that although they were a little more, their knowledgable and caring staff really convinced me that they could help me. Hudson was able to get my DUI (.19 BAC) reduced to a "wet" reckless which saved me a ton of money, he was able to prevent my license from being suspended and his staff helped me stay cool while this was all going on. They really helped me through a horrible experience with care and skill.
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Posted by Chris | January 14, 2010
Thank you Hudson. Great Job and very very helpful
I was very fortunate to have the legal expertise of Hudson Bair during a very trying time in my life. His knowledge of the legal system and his ability to represent me in court made me feel very confident that the outcome of my case would be advantageous and fair to me. He was always available for discussing my case and in answering any and all questions I had. I would certainly feel very comfortable referring anyone to Hudson Bair who thoroughly provided me with constant care and concern and allowed me involvement in the outcome of my case. He is a true professional who knows his way around the court system. Thank you Hudson.
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Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2009
He Delivered on His Promise
When I first met with Mr. Bair he told me that he didn't think he could help me, he spoke about the facts of my case and told me where the issues could be. I met with other lawyers who told me they could win my case but didn't seem as honest or clear with a strategy. I needed a lawyer and hired Mr. Bair, it was a great choice. Not only did he win my DMV hearing but he was able to get my case dismissed. His office staff is also very informative and responsive to my needs, unlike other lawyers I met with, I was able to get a person whenever I called. If you are in need of a lawyer for a DUI I recommend this lawyer and this law firm
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Posted by anonymous | January 9, 2013
Too much money for what you get!
For what they charge you do not get your money's worth! They don't call you. You have to call them to find out what's going on. They drug my case out and when it was over (my DUI case) they didn't call me about the outcome and when I finally got the information in the mail I was driving on a suspended licence for almost 3 weeks! Make sure you look around for a cheeper lawyer.
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AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • BAIR Legal
  • 2017 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Kapsack and Bair, LLP
  • 1997 - 2017

Education

  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2006
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2005
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2004
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2003
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2002
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2001
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2000
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 1999
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 1998
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • University of Utah
  • N/A
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Legal Cases

  • P. v Teresi
  • Dismissed following suppression hearing
  • P. v. Arguello
  • Reduced to "wet" reckless, No Jail, No house arrest
  • P. v. Smith
  • Dismissed
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Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Sustaining Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 1998 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Certification
  • Instructor in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
  • 2000
  • Certification
  • Drug Recognition Screener
  • 1999

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • San Francisco Family Lawyer Group
  • How to tell whether your client is on drugs
  • 2009
  • Defending the Intoxicated Driver
  • Ethics and DUI Defense
  • 2002
  • Surviving Prop. 65
  • Survival Tools for Getting the Best Settlement
  • 2001
  • Defending SFST's
  • Discovery in DUI Cases
  • 1999
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Attorney endorsements

Received (24)
Given (8)
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hudson is a skilled lawyer, with experience, knowledge and passion. He is a savvy problem solver, a force to be reckoned with at trial and a serious advocate for his clients. He is driven by a killer work ethic and invested in achieving the best possible outcome for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bair is an excellent advocate for his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend him to a client in need. He is also an asset to the Avvo Community, providing invaluable resources to those seeking help."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. This attorney provides sound legal advice throughout the AVVO legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bair has distinguished himself in a highly competitive area of legal practice. Having put in the work, and mastered his craft, he has consistently produced exception results for his clients. I endorse this lawyer. WM"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Bair provides a much needed service on Avvo. He donates his time to individuals who are in need of immediate legal answers."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have read his answers to questions regarding DUI related matters. Mr. Bair is very knowledgeable about DUI/DWI laws and an aggressive advocate for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I have read many of the answers given by this attorney. I can say that the answers are well done and give solid advice."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the privelege of watching Mr. Bair once in court and was very impressed with his knowledge and skill. That knowledge is evident in his DUI education that you can find evidence of here and also his excellent pro bono contributions on this site. His client reviews are the judgement that really matters and they are outstanding and to be commended. READ THEM! Endorsements from his peers are numerous and well deserved. If you are faced with a DUI in the San Francisco area do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation. If you are lucky he might just agree to represent you."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've had the pleasure of attending, with Hudson, one of the first classes given to train lawyers in Field sobriety testing. I also know that he participated in deposing the woman responsible for those tests being accepted in the court system. Hudson goes the extra mile in taking measures necessary to give his clients the best defense any lawyer can for his clients. You can't go wrong hiring him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work for obvious reasons: conscientious, very hardworking and extremely dedicated, it is well-known that Mr. Bair is an excellent trial attorney who is a tremendous asset to the DUI Defense Bar community. Any person in need who hires this superb attorney will know he or she is in capable hands. For a number of known reasons, I am honored to endorse this fine lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have personally known Hudson Blair and his partner Bruce Kapsack for 15 years.Hudson is one of the bay area's finest DUI Attorney's.His office has the finest reputation for constantly fighting for driver's rights,winning court cases,and estabishing new case presedents.I highly recommend Hudson and his firms great work."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Hudson Bair is living proof that Avvo ratings are meaningless. Of all the DUI lawyers on this site, I can honestly say that he's a "10" without a doubt. I've seen Mr. Bair in court and know that he's capable of getting the best possible results in any DUI case. If I had a DUI, I would strongly consider retaining this lawyer who remains dedicated to the ever changing law and training in the DUI community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"“An excellent attorney, well known and respected in the legal community. I give my highest recommendation without any reservations for this lawyer.""
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bair has shown as a member of the National College for DUI Defense that he is committed to providing cutting edge DUI defense. His firm has the reputation as one of the best, if not the best best in California. Additionally,the National DUI College members represent the most experienced DUI defense attorneys in the country. If you are charged with a DUI, a general practice lawyer is not the answer. Good DUI defense is hard work and few offenses in our court system call for greater attorney expertise than cases involving driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. DUI cases are especially complex because they require defense counsel to understand BOTH scientific and legal issues. As a fellow member of the College, if you are looking for exceptional representation, I would not hesitate to recommend Mr. Bair."
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