Clark R. Hudson



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Clark Hudson, a trial lawyer joined Neil Dymott in 1990 and has been a shareholder since 1997. Mr. Hudson specializes in civil litigation with emphasis in medical malpractice, professional liability, products liability and personal injury.

Since joining Neil Dymott, Mr. Hudson has tried over 70 jury cases in various Southern California State Courts. Mr. Hudson is a former board member and Past President for the San Diego Defense Lawyers. He is a Senior Director (2017-2018) for the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC).  Mr. Hudson is Past Section Chair for Trial Tactics and current Vice-Chair for the Planning and Organization Committee. He received the John Alan Appleman Award for his work as FDCC Section Chair in 2009. Mr. Hudson is a past President for the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel.

Mr. Hudson holds the rank of Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates. In September 2010, Mr. Hudson was inducted into the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers. Fellowship in the College is limited to the top one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. In October 2017, he was selected for fellowship in the International Society of Barristers.

Mr. Hudson was named as one of San Diego’s Top Attorneys in Insurance Law in 2006, and again in 2009, by the San Diego Daily Transcript. He has been named one of Southern California’s “San Diego Super Lawyers” by the publishers of Law & Politics Magazine since 2007. Since 2009, Mr. Hudson was selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers of America® in Medical Malpractice Law, and for 2013 and 2018 was named the Top Medical Malpractice Defense Lawyer for Best Lawyers of America®. Mr. Hudson was also named Defense Attorney of the Year (2012) by the San Diego Defense Lawyers.

Mr. Hudson served as an Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps. He was on active duty in 1983-1986, and was called back to service in 1991 in support of Desert Storm.

Publications and Presentations  

Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
Annual Meeting, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
"Ethical Considerations in Preparing Witnesses for Deposition or Trial" (February 25, 2008)
Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC)
Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA
"Learn from the Masters: Defense Closing Argument" (March 27, 2008)

Panel Speaker - The Doctor's Company Annual Legal Summit, Napa, CA
"Lack of Informed Consent and Battery" (June 28, 2008)

Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) Masters in Trial 
Panel Discussion "100 Days BeforeTrial" (March 3, 2011)

Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) 
Annual Conference, Williamsburg, VA
"Building Defense Themes During Trial - Closing Arguments" (July 28, 2011)
DRI Trial Tactics Seminar, Las Vegas NV
"Direct Examination, Stealing the Plaintiff's Thunder" (March 15, 2012)
Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC)
Annual Conference,Santa Barbara, CA
"Effective Oral Voir Dire - Avoiding the Five Most Common Mistakes Experienced Litigators Make" (September 14, 2012)
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
2013 Winter Meeting - Trial Masters Program, San Antonio, TX
"How to Conduct an Effective Voir Dire for the Defense Under Time Restraints" (March 5, 2013)
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) Lunch & Learn Webinar
"The Art & Science of Voir Dire: Proven Strategies for Selecting a Winning Jury" (May 7, 2013)

DRI Trial Tactics Seminar, Las Vegas NV
"Trial Lawyer’s Toolkit: Dealing with Surprises at Trial" (March 19, 2015)
Recent Publications

"Preparing Your Client for Deposition or Trial Testimony"
FDCC Quarterly, Fall 2008, Vol. 59, No. 1 

The 21st Century Practice of Law: A White Paper
"The Art of Succession: Letting the Millennials Lead" (pp 251-253)
FDCC Quarterly, Spring 2015 Vol. 64, No.3


  • Washburn University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Arizona, B.A.

Admitted to Practice

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California


  • American Board of Trial Advocates - Advocate
  • American College of Trial Lawyers - Inducted September 2010
  • American Inns of Court
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel - Past President
  • California Medical Legal Committee
  • California Waterfowl Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel - Board of Directors
  • International Society of Barristers - 2017
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • San Diego Association for Healthcare Risk Management
  • San Diego Defense Lawyers - Past President
  • Southern California Association of Health Risk Management
  • White Mountain Range Riders


Recent Success

Jury Find in Favor of Pediatrician in Case Involving Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Leading to Spinal Fusion 10/21/2018
Jury Finds in Favor of Hand Surgeon and Rejects Patient’s Claims of Malpractice Leading to Ray Amputation 8/24/2018
Jury Finds Obstetrician-Gynecologist Adequately Screened For and Did Not Delay in Diagnosing Patient’s Rare, Aggressive Breast Cancer 2/13/2018
Successful Defense of Pulmonologist Against Claims Of Failure To Diagnose Lung Cancer 11/14/2017
Successful Defense of Oral Surgeon 2/17/2017
Successful Defense Of Orthopedic Surgeon Against Claims Total Hip Replacement Surgery Caused Sciatic Nerve Injury 2/16/2017
Successful Defense Of Urogynecologist Against Claims Suburethral Sling Surgery Caused Nerve Injury 2/16/2017
Successful Verdict for High School Student in Battery Claim 1/26/2017
Defense Verdict for Oral Surgeon 8/8/2016
Clark Hudson Successfully Defends Medical Clinic, Physician and Nurse Practitioner in Malpractice Suit 6/9/2016
Successful Defense of Oral Surgeon Against Claims Wisdom Tooth Extraction Caused Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection 5/15/2016
Jury Disagrees With Plaintiff’s Allegation Electrophysiologist Placed Unnecessary Pacemaker 3/21/2016
Summary Judgment Granted on Behalf of Local Surgeon Who Performed Innovative Stem Cell Study 1/13/2015
Defense of Gastroenterologist - Hung Jury 5/29/2014
Defense Verdict on Behalf of Emergency Room Doctor 4/24/2014
Victory in the Court of Appeals for Neil Dymott Attorneys David Burke and Clark Hudson 2/28/2014
Defense Verdict for Neil Dymott in Multi-Million Dollar Construction Defense Case - November 2013 11/29/2013
Unanimous Defense Verdict for Internal Medicine Specialist and Specialty Medical Group - November 2013 11/7/2013
Defense Verdict for Pathologist and Pathology Group - May 2013 5/31/2013
Unanimous Defense Verdict for Rheumatologist/Internist in Strep Bacteria Suit - April 2013 4/9/2013