Hudson Law Office

Hudson Law Office

Tom Hudson is known nationally for the defense of drunk-driving cases. He is an author and educator, and is one of four lawyers in the State of Florida board-certified as an expert in DUI Defense. We don't just dabble in DUI defense.

Firm Overview

The Hudson Law Office has been defending citizens accused of crimes since 1985, and has been located in Florida since 1996. Tom Hudson has tried over 300 jury trials, and has been a member of the Faculty of the National College for DUI Defense Summer Session since 2014. The Summer Session is taught at the Harvard Law School, and many of the country's best DUI lawyers come from all 50 states to hone their trial techniques.

Tom Hudson is board-certified in DUI Defense, following a rigorous course of instruction and written and oral examinations in Honolulu in 2008. He has been re-certified twice since his original certification. He is also trained as an instructor in DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, and is trained as a Florida Breath Test Operator. He has testified as an expert witness in field sobriety testing, and is the author of "The Drinker's Guide to Driving: The Secrets of DUI from One of America's Best DUI Lawyers," published in 2013.

In addition to its work defending citizens accused of drunk driving offenses, the Hudson Law Office has a long history of advocacy for injured and homeless dogs and cats. Tom has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Animal Rescue Coalition of Sarasota since 2009.

The Hudson Law Office also represents people injured by the negligence of another, in car accidents, falls, or animal bites. Tom Hudson is a Life Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which is a group of lawyers who have achieved multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts in cases in which they were lead counsel. Tom has tried over 300 cases to juries in his 40 year career, and is AV-Rated (Preeminent) for legal skill and ethical standards by Martindale-Hubbell, and rated 10.0 (Superb) by

Main Office

Main Office
4411 Bee Ridge Road, Suite 293
Sarasota FL 34233


(941) 358-5400


(941) 358-5400


Free Initial Consultation?

We call it a Free Strategy Session.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Our fixed-fees begin at $5,500, which covers all investigation, research, and as many court appearances as the case requires.

Office Information

Office Hours

8:30am to 5:00pm

Emergency After Hours


Other Offices

Hudson Law Office
422 Fleming Street
Key West, FL 33040

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

At the Hudson Law Office, we encourage our clients to do their homework. It is our experience that the more our clients know about DUI laws, the more likely they are to want us on their team. For that reason, our website at or is filled with articles on the nuances of DUI practice. We are flattered that more than one judge has our website bookmarked for quick reference to the complexities of DUI law in Florida.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Tom Hudson has pursued every educational opportunity, and has the reputation in the legal community as the lawyer that other lawyers ask, when they have a question about DUI Defense. Tom is formidable, but approachable, and his record speaks for itself. He is rated 10.0/10.0 (Superb) by, and has an AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest possible rating for Legal Ability and Ethical Standards reflecting the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary.
No lawyer is perfect, but Tom Hudson has focussed his attention on the specific field of DUI Defense in a way that other lawyers simply don't do.

Tom Hudson

Hudson Law Office

Tom Hudson is a problem-solver. He listens to his clients' concerns and finds pragmatic solutions. When necessary, he goes to trial on his cases and is known in both Ohio and Florida as a gifted advocate in the courtroom.

Tom has been practicing criminal law since 1980, and personal injury law since 1985. He is rated 10.0/10.0 (Superb) on, 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 is also known for his charitable work, particularly with animals. He has been on the Board of the Sarasota Animal Rescue Coalition ( since 2011. He has also served on the board of other nonprofit organizations, including the Southwest Florida Business Guild, Temple Sinai Congregation, and ALSO for Out Youth.

For years, Tom visited HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital with his three-legged dog Pippi, to visit the patients and buoy their spirits. Pippi and Tom visited every Saturday afternoon to make the patients smile.

Tom Hudson's Education:
Juris Doctor, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio, 1980, Top 10% Graduate, (23/225), (Magee Scholar, 1978-79)

Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, 1977

Certificate of Completion, NHTSA Curriculum, Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, Atlanta, GA, January, 2004.

Certificate of Completion, NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor Course, Atlanta, GA, March, 2004.

Certificate of Completion, Florida Breath Test Operator Class (qualified to operate the Intoxilyzer 5000 and the Intoxilyzer 8000, Florida's official breath test instruments), St. Petersburg College, October, 2004.

Certificate of Achievement, Summer Session, National College for DUI Defense, Held at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, July, 2005 through July 2018.

Certificate of Completion, Retrograde Extrapolation Training and Intoxilyzer 8000 Operators Course, Tunica, MS, December 2005.

Certificate of Achievement, Summer Session, National College for DUI Defense, Held at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, July, 2006.

Certificate of Completion, NHTSA Curriculum, "Drug Evaluation and Classification" (Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) School), Atlanta, GA, November, 2006

Certificate of Achievement, Winter Session, National College for DUI Defense, Held at Honolulu, HI, January, 2008.

Author, "The Drinker's Guide to Driving: The Secrets of DUI from One of America's Top DUI Lawyers," 2013.


Bar Number: 77089
Florida, 1996

Bar Number: 5270
Ohio, 1980


Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Juris Doctor, 1980

Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 1977

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