Craig Hudson is the managing attorney of the Fort Lauderdale office, with responsibility for the daily operations and oversight of the office's attorneys and support staff. He is also the supervising attorney for the Professional Liability Practice Group in Florida, and manages the activities of the attorneys who work in this practice area throughout the state.
Much of Craig's practice is concentrated in defending non-medical professionals, principally lawyers, accountants, architects, engineers, real estate professionals, property managers, debt collectors, insurance brokers and investment professionals. In addition to defending these professional claims of malpractice, negligence and fraud, Craig also defends law firms, lawyers and debt collection firms in high exposure FDCPA, TCPA, FCRA and EFT cases.
Additionally, Craig defends employers in all types of employment related litigation at the administrative level and in federal and state court.
In addition to representing non-medical professionals and employers, Craig represents not-for-profit associations and their directors and officers. These groups include condominium and homeowners associations, as well as other charitable or quasi-governmental entities, in defending breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, employment discrimination retaliation and other claims asserted against them.
A trial attorney for over 20 years, Craig has litigated hundreds of cases in state and federal courts in Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. His has a diverse client base that includes major international corporations as well as sole proprietors. In 2002, Craig began to transition his practice to the Professional Liability Department, where he concentrates his practice today. In 2006, Craig became a member of the Florida Bar and accepted the position of managing attorney of the Fort Lauderdale office.
Craig began his legal career concentrating his practice in general casualty defense litigation and commercial litigation. In 1993, Craig joined Marshall Dennehey, where he devoted much of his practice to defending motor vehicle and other manufacturers against product liability claims, as well defending amusement parks in a variety of casualty claims.
Craig offers his clients not only his significant trial experience but his managerial experience and business acumen.
•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
• How Insurance Agents Can Mitigate Malpractice Risk: Do the Right Thing, Property Casualty 360, January 27, 2016
• 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
Honors & Awards
•AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
•South Florida Legal Guide - Top Lawyers in Professional Liability Defense, 2016
Year Joined Organization
Craig Hudson (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), Terry Lefco (Philadelphia, PA), Jack Slimm (Cherry Hill, NJ), and Art Wheeler (Cherry Hill, NJ) were the featured speakers for a national webinar entitled False Arrest and Malicious Prosecution
October 1, 2011
Craig Hudson (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), Terry Lefco (Philadelphia, PA), Jack Slimm (Cherry Hill, NJ), and Art Wheeler (Cherry Hill, NJ) were the featured speakers for a national webinar entitled False Arrest and Malicious Prosecution. This national webinar was hosted by CNA Insurance with over 180 in...
How Insurance Agents Can Mitigate Malpractice Risk: Do the Right Thing
January 27, 2016
On the Pulse...Our Fort Lauderdale Office
Defense Digest Article
September 1, 2015
By Craig S. Hudson, Esq.*“Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.” - Thomas HardyAfter practicing law in Philadelphia for 21 years, the last 13 with Marshall Dennehey, I relocated..., Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 3, September 2015Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...
To Reduce Malpractice Risk, Improve Client Communications
January 7, 2015
Did the Florida Supreme Court Greatly Expand Tort Law at a Cost to Floridas Contract Law?
Defense Digest Article
September 1, 2013
By Craig S. Hudson, Esq. and Jason L. Scarberry, Esq.*Key Points:Application of economic loss doctrine limited by Supreme Court of Florida.Contractual principles still protect defendants and their insurers and limit the claims of..., Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 3, September 2013Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...
Because the original complaint did not include allegations of sex discrimination, it is improper to let this new theory proceed to the jury because the employee did not first pursue her administrative remedies.
April 1, 2012
The Court of Appeals for Florida's Third District reversed a jury verdict finding age discrimination in violation of Florida's Civil Rights Act of 1992 and awarding $950, 000 to a 51-year-old television reporter whose contract was not renewed..., Case Law Alert - 2nd Qtr 2012
Jury Verdict Value of Emotional Damages Caused By Age Discrimination
Defense Digest Article
June 1, 2011
Florida - Employment Law, KEY POINTS:Florida's Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit provides further guidance to determine the range for an appropriate compensatory damage award for victims of employment discrimination.Court holds that in a typical..., Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 2, June 2011
Jurys verdict assigns value of emotional damages caused by age discrimination.
April 1, 2011
Recently, Florida's Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit provided further guidance for determining the range for an appropriate compensatory damage award for victims of employment discrimination who are claiming non-specific, non-treated..., Case Law Alert - 2nd Qtr 2011
On the Pulse...Our Fort Lauderdale, FL Office
Defense Digest Article
September 1, 2010
Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties are home to more than 5.5 million permanent residents and millions more seasonal and vacation visitors. It made sense as Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin expanded into Florida to open an..., Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 3, September 2010
Defense Verdict in Florida Legal Malpractice Case
Jun 8, 2015
Obtained a defense verdict in a legal malpractice case in Florida. Our clients, two board-certified construction lawyers, had unsuccessfully defended the plaintiff, a real estate developer for a project in West Palm Beach, Florida, in a lawsuit...