Jenna A. Hudson Partner

Jenna Hudson is experienced complex civil litigator, advisor, and legal manager who is committed to executing practical solutions and efficiently advancing strategy.  She regularly coordinates directly and builds relationships with legal, accounting, and other functional teams to effectively support business objectives, particularly in connection with risk management.  In this role she also has managed all phases of litigation in a variety of complex commercial matters, including tort, contract, and bankruptcy.

Jenna’s strengths include:

  • counseling clients on costs and benefits of potential strategies;
  • solving problems creatively and holistically;
  • bringing cases under novel legal theories where the law is evolving;
  • synthesizing and clearly conveying complex information; and
  • leading other attorneys and staff.

Jenna has represented clients in multiple industries, including industrial, commercial, and electronics manufacturing and information technology services.  She has represented policyholders in both litigation and negotiation with respect to a wide range of insurance coverage matters, including bodily injury and property damage, food-contamination, toxic tort, and representation and warranty insurance. Jenna also advises creditors and post-bankruptcy trusts in the recovery of insurance proceeds.

Jenna currently is involved in nationwide efforts to stem and turn the tide of the opioid epidemic. She represents multiple states’ attorneys general, sovereign Indian tribes, and municipalities that assert that the prescription opioid industry caused and fueled the opioid crisis. She also is applying her experience to pursue insurance funding to address the crisis, including through the largest pending opioid-related insurance coverage case nationwide.

In that regard, Jenna was recognized as one of the National Law Review’s 2019 “Go-To Thought Leaders,” which is awarded to fewer than 1% of the publication’s authors, for her writings on the opioid crisis.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Jenna represents a public company seeking recovery on one of the highest-value claims filed to date under representation and warranty insurance.
  • For more than a decade, Jenna has represented one of the world’s largest safety equipment manufacturers concerning coverage for alleged mass torts. Over the course of Jenna’s involvement, this client has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance coverage.
  • Jenna advises and negotiates on behalf of post-bankruptcy trusts concerning coverage for predecessor companies’ liabilities. As a result of the firm’s representations and Jenna’s involvement, these Trusts have and continue to successfully obtain insurance funding.
  • Jenna and other members of the firm successfully secured coverage for insurance claims arising from allegedly tainted peanut butter on behalf of a Fortune 500 food company.
  • Jenna has an active pro bono practice that repeatedly has qualified her for the Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll. She has co-authored nearly a dozen amicus curiae briefs to appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Those briefs have concerned the Affordable Care Act, fair housing, voting rights, affirmative action, and reproductive rights. One of these briefs was cited in an opinion by Chief Justice Roberts.  Jenna currently is working on pro bono matters concerning immigration and prisoner rights.

EDUCATION

  • 2010 – J.D., American University Washington College of Law
    • cum laude
  • 2006 – B.A., The George Washington University
    • cum laude

BAR MEMBERSHIPS

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Cherokee Nation
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

AFFILIATIONS AND HONORS

  • Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia Board of Trustees, Member
  • Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia, current
  • ABA Sections on Women in Products Liability and Women in Litigation, current
  • Landlord and Tenant and Small Claims and Conciliation Division, D.C., Student Attorney, Law Students in Court, 2009-2010
  • The Administrative Law Review Editorial Board Award, 2010
  • Selected as a Washington, DC Rising Star (Super Lawyers), 2018-2020
  • Selected as a Go-To Thought Leader, National Law Review, 2019
  • Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, High Honors, 2020

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