Kristen E. Hudson
Schopf & Weiss
Commercial litigation
40 Under Class – 2014

When it comes to business and insurance matters, Kristen Hudson is considered a trusted advisor.

Hudson, 39, has been a partner at Schopf & Weiss since 2010 representing parties across the United States in a wide range of complex business disputes. A graduate of the John Marshall Law School, Hudson focuses on complicated business litigation and on maximizing the recovery of insurance proceeds for her policyholder clients, for whom she has successfully recovered millions of dollars. She is admired by clients for building strong relationships and breaking down the complexities of insurance into understandable terms.

Attorney Roberta J. Benson, of Benson Maston PLLC in Austin, Texas, has served on the opposite side of Hudson on numerous client matters, and has also collaborated with Hudson on a CLE presentation for an American Bar Association conference. As an adversary, Benson called Hudson’s work exceptional.  “Kristen has a unique and exceptional ability to zealously protect her clients’ interests, while nonetheless maintaining the utmost courtesy and professionalism,” Benson said. “She strives to find – and excels at finding – common ground and creative solutions.”

Clients are impressed with Hudson’s lawyering abilities.

Veronica Gomez, vice president and deputy general counsel for Exelon Corporation, notes that Hudson is responsive to her business needs and a trusted advisor. “She makes connections. She makes the effort to understand the issues underlying the distinct legal problems she is asked to resolve and to go beyond those discrete questions,” Gomez said. “She points out new developments that might be relevant to our business. She is ready when new questions arise to put them in broader context.”

CG Hintmann, Senior Counsel for KV Pharmaceutical Company, recounts how Hudson jumped right into an extremely difficult and complex situation. Hintmann said Hudson has an incredible knack for synopsizing difficult concepts into plain language that someone who is not familiar with insurance concepts can comprehend. “Kristen is a terrific blend of intelligence and professionalism which is evident in her ability to develop creative arguments backed by reasonable precedent and then vigorously advocate for her client in a manner that still maintains the delicate partnership that is necessary to be maintained between an insured and its insurers in times of turmoil,” Hintmann said.

Hudson is dedicated to pro bono work and pro bono organizations.

She has served as a volunteer with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services since 2003 including serving on CVLS’ Board of Directors. Kristen has volunteered as a guardian ad litem in minor and adult guardianship cases, is vice-president of the Chicago Bar Foundation’s “Investing in Justice” Campaign, and leads her firm’s pro bono and community service projects.

According to Chicago Bar Foundation’s Executive Director, Bob Glaves, “Kristen fits the classic mold of a ‘lawyer’s lawyer.’ She is well regarded for her skills as a litigator and already has compiled an impressive track record as a young partner at Schopf & Weiss. She rounds out that good lawyering with a truly exemplary commitment to giving back to the profession, the justice system and the community.”