Craig S. Hudson

Assistant Director, Professional Liability Department
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Craig Hudson is the Assistant Director of the Professional Liability Department and a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. In his role as Assistant Director, Craig helps manage a team of more than 150 attorneys who focus on defending clients in professional liability claims and suits throughout the firm’s 16 distinct areas of professional liability practice.

Craig joined Marshall Dennehey’s Philadelphia office in 1993 and has been involved in the firm’s management, both in Philadelphia and in Florida, since 1995. Over the years, he has served as the manager of the law clerk program, vice chair and chair of hiring, and as manager of the Philadelphia Professional Liability Group. In 2006, Craig relocated to Florida to manage the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office. More recently, Craig served as the Regional Managing Attorney for the entire state with responsibility for all four Florida offices and oversight of all their practice groups. 

A trial attorney for over 30 years, Craig has litigated hundreds of cases in the state and federal courts of Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, obtaining a majority of favorable jury verdicts in all three states. Over the course of his career he has defended lawyers, accountants, architects, engineers, real estate professionals, property managers, debt collectors, insurance brokers and investment professionals in matters pertaining to malpractice, negligence and fraud. He has also represented law firms, lawyers and employers in all types of employment related litigation at the administrative level and in federal and state court. 

Craig is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating for an attorney’s professional competence. He has also been selected numerous times to the South Florida Legal Guide – Top Lawyers in Professional Liability Defense. He is a graduate of Villanova University and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law – Camden. 

Significant Representative Matters

Defended Florida real estate attorney in a legal malpractice lawsuit arising out of the actions taken by the attorney which led to a default judgment being entered against his client, resulting in his client losing the right to enforce an option to purchase valuable real estate at below market price. After filing a motion for summary judgment asserting that plaintiff could not establish that the option to purchase was enforceable, the case settled for nuisance value.

Defended Florida matrimonial attorney in a lawsuit filed by a dissatisfied client after a very acrimonious divorce proceeding to determine property settlement, child custody, and permanent alimony, which included three trials, two appeals, and dozens of motions. Plaintiff identified multiple "errors" by the attorney and claimed over $1 million in damages. Eventually was able to undermine each of the claims made by the plaintiff, and eventually the case was able to be settled well below the plaintiffs bottom line figure.

Defended Florida structural engineer in a multi-party binding arbitration arising out of a large condominium project. The case eventually settled without any contribution from the structural engineer.

Defended Florida mechanical engineer in a multi-party pre-suit mediation arising out of a large multi-use complex wherein the case settled with the mechanical engineer making the lowest contribution to the settlement fund.

Defended auto manufacturer in a number of cases claiming defective airbag system in which several of them went to trial and all ended with defense verdicts.

Successfully defended at trial a national amusement park operator in several lawsuits claiming personal injuries caused by the alleged negligence of the amusement park operator by obtaining defense verdict in each of the cases.

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of title agent alleged to have been involved in a fraudulent mortgage scheme.

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of large masonry contractor in claim arising out of the collapse of a large wall during the course of construction.

Defended actuary and benefits expert in a binding AAA arbitration in claims of professional negligence arising out of the termination of a defined benefits. Following twelve days of hearing, the case settled with a payment by the actuary and benefits expert far below the amount claimed at the beginning of the arbitration.

Classes/Seminars Taught

Understanding the Sub-Prime Credit and Housing Crises, MG, 2008

Sub-Prime Market Collapse and Its Impact on Claims against Professionals involved in Real Estate Transactions, Gen Star, 2008

Defending Construction Defect Litigation Claims in Florida, Liberty International, 2007

Claims Against the Board of Directors of Condominium and Homeowner Associations, USLI, 2006

Published Works

"Career Spotlight: Leading the Success of Others," South Florida Sun Sentinel, August 12, 2018

"Communication With Clients Key to Avoiding Professional Liability Claims,"  InsuranceJournal.com, April 17, 2017

"To Reduce Malpractice Risk, Improve Client Communications," Daily Business Review, January 7, 2015

"Did the Florida Supreme Court Greatly Expand Tort Law at a Cost to Florida's Contract Law?" Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 3, September 2013

"Fear the Next Hurricane More Than Florida Supreme Court's Ruling on Tiara," Claims Journal, June 2013

"Jury Verdict Value of Emotional Damages Caused by Age Discrimination," Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 2, June 2011

 

"Third Circuit Confirms That All Claims Concerning Medical Devices, Other Than Breach of Express Warranty Claims, Are Barred," Defense Digest, January, 1996

Media Commentary

"How Daubert Standard Could Impact Florida Industry, Judicial Climate," Insurance Journal and Carrier Management, June 17, 2019

"Florida Justices Split Attorneys With New Expert Witness Standard," Law360, June 17, 2019

"Leading the Success of Others," SunSentinel People on the Move, Aug. 12, 2018

Admissions
Florida
2006
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
Education
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law-Camden (J.D., 1985)
Villanova University (B.A., 1982)
Honors & awards
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
South Florida Legal Guide - Top Lawyers in Professional Liability Defense
2016, 2017, 2019, 2020
Associations & memberships
Broward County Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Florida State Bar Association
Palm Beach County Bar Association
Year joined
1993