Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

Hudson Jones is a Senior Associate at Butler, in our Tampa office. He works in our firm’s property coverage group specializing in extra-contractual issues. Some examples of his case types include catastrophic loss, first party coverage issues, general liability coverage, and property insurance. 

Hudson studied law at the West Virginia University College of Law. While attending law school, he was active in the American Constitution Society, Public Interest Advocacy Group, Sports Law Society, and the Student Bar Association. Hudson focused his studies on Litigation and Trial Advocacy and gained legal experience by serving as assistant to two professors, contributing in numerous legal scholarship articles and books. He graduated in 2007, and went on to work as an Assistant Public Defender in the Florida Public Defender's Office in the Sixth Judicial Circuit. In the three years he spent at the Public Defender's office, he tried 52 jury trials as a defense attorney and litigated numerous criminal cases. In 2010, Hudson started his own private practice in Sarasota, where he focused on defending employers, insurance carriers, self insurers and third-party administrators in insurance and workers' compensation matters, before ultimately joining Butler.

As an undergraduate, Hudson attended Harvard University, where he was a Division I scholar-athlete and a four-year varsity wrestler. He also participated in numerous service and volunteer efforts, including the Boston Partners in Education Tutoring Program and Habitat for Humanity. He graduated, cum laude, from Harvard with a Bachelor of Arts in Government in 2004.

Admissions

  • Florida

Recognitions

  • Book Award, Judicial Power and Restraint, West Virginia University College of Law
  • Book Award, Labor Law, West Virginia University College of Law

Education

  • Harvard University
    Bachelor of Arts in Government
  • West Virginia University College of Law

Memberships

  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
November 24, 2014 PUBLICATIONThe Coverage Action 'Fixed' Bad Faith Damages: Are The Total Damages Binding?

Florida state and federal courts struggle with excess damage verdicts in first-party bad-faith actions arising out of uninsured motorist/underinsured motorist (UM) coverage. Recent case decisions produce mixed results for insurers. But mention UM coverage, bad faith, and total damages, and Florida Statute Section 627.727(10) immediately comes to mind. Comments by two judges framed the Section 10 debate.

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June 26, 2014 PUBLICATIONUninsured Motorist Bad-Faith Claims: Separate Action, Separate Trial, Separate Damages

First-party bad-faith claims arising from uninsured motorist (UM) coverage are separate and independent actions, too. If the uninsured motorist coverage action is truly separate and distinct from bad faith, one naturally expects a separate trial on bad-faith liability and extracontractual damages. However, there is a unique problem confronting first-party bad-faith claims arising from uninsured motorist coverage under Florida Statute Section 627.727(10). One decision characterizes the problem as a ‘‘conundrum'' created by Florida law.

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June 27, 2013 PUBLICATIONWhy Sue For Bad Faith When Consequential Damages Are Available?

Bad faith aside, insurers often assume a claim's ‘‘total" exposure under the insurance contract is the policy's limit.  Courts traditionally allow insureds to recover contractual damages based on the limit, plus legal interest.  However, a new trend is emerging in some jurisdictions.

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November 01, 2012 PUBLICATIONOngoing Efforts to Preserve Our Unique Right

The problem of the vanishing jury trial is a familiar one to DRI members, for whom this loss is keenly felt. This decline in jury trials presents not only an economic threat to membership, but also a decline in fair and just adjudication.

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Key Points
Practice Area CASE TYPE
  • Bad Faith
  • Catastrophic Loss
  • Construction Defect Litigation
  • Extracontractual Claims
  • First Party Coverage Issues
  • Fraud
  • General Liability - Coverage
  • Homeowner's - Coverage
  • Homeowner's - Insurance
  • Hurricane Losses
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Major Commercial and Residential Property Insurance Coverage/Litigation
  • Property Insurance
  • Underinsured Motorist
  • Uninsured Motorist Claims