Kristen E. Hudson

Kristen Hudson, Of Counsel in Dickinson Wright’s Austin and Chicago offices, represents businesses and business people in complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts in Texas, Illinois and across the country.  Kristen has won high-stakes challenges in a variety of substantive areas, from breach of contract, business and statutory torts, including fraud and the False Claims Act claims, to intellectual property disputes involving the protection of trade secrets and privacy. Kristen has significant experience with Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code and the U.N. Convention on the International Sale of Goods. Kristen also has concentrated experience in lawyer professional liability and fiduciary liability, including high-net worth trust disputes. 

Kristen has served as General Counsel of mid-size law firm with offices in multiple jurisdictions. In addition, she has been seconded to clients for extended periods including at a large energy company and with a UK-based insurance company. With this experience to guide her, Kristen works to avoid court wherever possible for her clients, and pursues solutions that make the most business and financial success for her clients, including advocating aggressively when litigation is required.

In addition to her commercial litigation practice, Kristen is knowledgeable about all types of third-party commercial liability policies, including directors’ and officers’ liability, professional liability, employment practices liability, commercial general liability, products liability, cyber liability, among others. Kristen has experience on all sides of an insurance coverage dispute and business disputes involving the insurance industry.  As a policyholder lawyer, Kristen recovered millions of dollars in insurance proceeds for her policyholder clients.  Most recently, Kristen served as coverage and monitoring counsel on behalf of insurers.

Prior to attending law school, Kristen was a French teacher in the North Carolina public schools.

Education & Credentials

Education

University of Illinois Chicago School of Law

J.D., 2003
  • The John Marshall Law Review
    • Editor-in-Chief
  • magna cum laude
  • The Order of John Marshall

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

B.A., 1997
  • with Honors

Bar Admission

  • Illinois
  • Texas

Spoken Languages

  • French

Acknowledgements

  • Super Lawyers
    • Texas Super Lawyers, 2021
    • Top 100 Lawyer in Illinois, 2020
    • Top 50 Woman Lawyer in Illinois, 2017, 2020
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer
    • Inaugural Salute! Women in Law Award Honoree, 2020 
    • “40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40,” 2014
  • The Litigation Counsel of America and American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Crain’s Chicago Business
    • “Notable Gen X Leaders in Law,” 2019
    • “Notable Women Lawyers,” 2018 

Prominent Assignments

  • Representing former officer in Delaware Chancery Court litigation against public corporation on claims of breach of fiduciary duty
  • Defeating successive motions for temporary restraining order in multiple separate matters involving misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, and fiduciary duty claims and defending decisions on appeal, e.g., Bridgeview Bank Grp v. Meyer, 2016 IL App (1st) 160042
  • Successfully defending a former officer in a two-week federal jury trial on claims of breach of fiduciary duty and unfair competition
  • Winning summary judgment on statute of limitations and laches grounds on claims of breach of fiduciary duty in closely-held family business and trust dispute and successfully defending dismissal on appeal
  • Leading a joint defense group and winning a dismissal with prejudice and sanctions at the trial level and on appeal on behalf of a law firm and a national bank alleging multiple state and federal claims, including antitrust, conspiracy, fraud, and fraudulent conveyance
  • Obtaining dismissal in defamation action against Bank and defending dismissal on appeal
  • Defending a limited partnership in multiple actions in state and federal court alleging breach of fiduciary duty and RICO claims, and prosecuting a quiet title and slander of title claim on behalf of the partnership in multiple state courts
  • Invalidating a contractual limitation on damages in a contract for the sale of goods under the UCC in an arbitration, thereby allowing the buyer client to request the full amount of damages
  • Winning summary judgment on interpretation of shareholder’s agreement on behalf of estate of deceased shareholder

Professional Involvement

  • Illinois Bar Association
    • Cook County Assembly
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Council
  • UIC Law School
    • Adjunct Professor, International Means of Dispute Resolution, Alternative Means of Dispute Resolution, and Counseling and Negotiations
    • Co-Coach, Willem C. Vis International Moot Arbitration Team
      • Advanced to Elimination Rounds, Vis East Hong Kong, China, 2021
      • Honorable Mention Best Oralist, Vienna, Austria, 2020
      • Honorable Mention Best Claimant’s Brief, Vis East Hong Kong, China, 2019
      • Honorable Mention Best Respondent’s Brief, Vis East Hong Kong, China, 2019
      • Third Place, the University of Houston Blakely Advocacy Institute’s “Write the Arbitration Award” Competition, 2019
  • Illinois Supreme Court’s Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission
    • Hearing Board, Member
  • Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association, Member

Community Involvement

  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
    • Member, Advisory Board, 2019 - Present 
    • Volunteer, 2003 - Present
    • Board of Directors
      • Former President
      • Former President Ex-Officio

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • All U.S. District Courts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh and Ninth Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court

Publications/Presentations

  • Navigating the International Waters of a Commercial Dispute, three-part series featured in ISBA newsletter:  What Law Will Apply to a Commercial Dispute in Arbitration, August 2021; Tips for Selecting Arbitrators in an International Arbitration, October 2021; Taking and Gathering Evidence in an International Arbitration, January 2022
  • Nonsignatory to International Arbitration Agreement May Be Allowed to Compel Arbitration, ISBA newsletter, January 2021
  • Advocacy in Arbitration: Tips from an Arbitrator on How to Present Your Case, Travis County Women Lawyer’s Association, November 2021
  • The ABC’s of Insurance Coverage, Two-Part Series, September 2021, High Rise Network
  • How to Master the Deposition, Pincus Professional Education, April 2021;
  • Wearables, Issues for Life Insurers, American Council of Life Insurers, November 2020;
  • Stay Cool and Don’t Get Burned Hot Topics in Lawyer Professional Responsibility and Liability, August 2020 
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