Robert Hudson is a shareholder and co-founder of the law firm of Hudson & Calleja, LLC, a certified Minority Business Enterprise under Chapter 287, Florida Statutes and the winner of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 “Emerging Business of the Year” award. His practice focuses on insurance coverage disputes, personal injury and wrongful death litigation, employment litigation and complex commercial litigation. He has tried cases in state and federal courts, handled appeals in both state and federal appellate courts, and arbitrated cases with the American Arbitration Association and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. He also has served as an expert witness in attorney’s fee disputes.
Rob has been “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest peer review rating possible, since 2002. He was peer-selected to the Florida Super Lawyers® list in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 an honor bestowed on less than 5% of lawyers in Florida. He has been peer-selected as one of Florida’s Legal Elite® by Florida Trend Magazine in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 and was named a South Florida Business Leader Legal IMPACT Leaders Honoree in 2010. Rob also has been named a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor and Employment, Personal Injury Defense and Commercial Litigation and a 2014 Top Rated Lawyer in Litigation and Labor and Employment by The American Lawyer, The National Law Journal and Corporate Counsel Magazine. He is a Life Member of the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums®. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are only approximately 4,000 members throughout the country, less than 1% of all U.S. lawyers.
Originally from Dayton, Ohio, he attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where he majored in finance, earning a B.S. in Business Administration in 1990. He continued his studies at the University of Miami School of Law where he received a J.D. in 1993. Rob was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1993 and is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.
Rob’s published decisions include the following:
Lopez v. Rica Foods, Inc., 2008 WL 2043510 (C.A.11 (Fla.))
Campbell v. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., 2008 WL 4609986 (S.D.Fla.)
Florida Gaming Corp. v. Affiliated FM Insurance Company, 502 F.Supp.2d 1257 (S.D.Fla. 2007)
Allan v. Graf, Starwood Hotels, et al., 972 So. 2d 196 (Fla. 4th DCA 2007)
Siek v. American Airlines, Inc., 238 F.Supp.2d 1309 (S.D. Fla. 2002)
Buchbinder v. American Airlines, Inc., 2002 WL 750838 (S.D.Fla.)
Blake v. American Airlines, Inc., 90 F.Supp.2d 1265 (S.D.Fla. 2000)
Kingswood Montessori Academy v. Pacific Employers Ins. Co., 663 So. 2d 9 (Fla. 3rd DCA 1995).
Rob has authored numerous professional writings and spoken on various topics, including the following:
Author and Speaker: “Advanced FMLA and ADA Issues”, SES 11th Annual Employment Law: Beyond the Basics Seminar, 2014
Author and Speaker: “ADA/FMLA Updates and Interplay”, SES 6th Annual Fundamentals of Employment Law Seminar, 2013
Speaker: “Inmate Civil Rights Litigation, Pro-Bono Practice: Practicing Law for Love and Money,” Volunteer Lawyer’s Project for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 2005
Contributing Author: “DRI Aerospace Law Compendium of Aviation, Wrongful Death and Personal Injury Law,” 2002.
Co-Author: “Evolution of the Warsaw System and the Current Status and Future of Air Carrier Liability for Passenger Bodily Injury or Death,” DRI Skywritings, 2000
Author and Speaker: “Florida Tort Reform Act of 1999,” Florida Liability Claims Institute’s Fourth Annual Florida Liability Claims Conference, 2000
Rob is very active in the South Florida civic and charitable communities as well. He was elected as a member of the Orange Bowl Committee in 2001. He was an Active Member from 2001-2013 and has been Senior Member since 2013. He served on the Board of Directors of the Zoological Society of Florida from 1999-2014, having chaired various subcommittees and was the Board Chairman from 2010-2012. In 2014, he was elected to the Society’s Emeritus Board based on his years of dedication and service to Zoo Miami and the Zoological Society. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Humane Society of Greater Miami from 1999 to 2012 and was the Board Chairman from 2008-2011. He was named one of Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida’s 2011 Twelve Good Men of South Florida for his commitment to South Florida charitable causes.