John Hudson is a shareholder in the firm’s Columbia, South Carolina office and currently leads the firm’s Professional Liability Team.  Over the course of his 18 year career, John has represented local, regional and national companies and businesses, as well as individuals, in lawsuits filed in the local, state and federal courts throughout South Carolina.  He has tried over 35 cases to verdict and has served as lead counsel on several multi-million dollar claims for personal injury, wrongful death and other types of loss.

John now concentrates his practice on defending licensed professionals and their practices when they are sued or under regulatory investigation.  The majority of his practice currently involves representing individual healthcare providers such as physicians, oral surgeons, dentists, nurses and nurse practitioners, as well as healthcare entities such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long term care facilities.  John represents these clients in cases and investigations spanning the professional liability spectrum, though they most often involve allegations of negligence, gross negligence, wrongful death, violation of the South Carolina Unfair Trade Practices Act and fraud.

In addition to his liability work, John also devotes a portion of his practice to representing professionals before the various licensing boards administered by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.  While he deals most frequently with matters before the Board of Medical Examiners and Board of Dentistry, he also has represented clients involved in matters before the Board of Nursing, Board of Pharmacy and Board of Professional Engineers and Surveyors.  John’s experience before these professional licensing boards includes assisting clients with applying for and obtaining or reinstating licenses and certificates of authorization, representing clients throughout the investigative process in response to filed complaints, as well as defending clients in contested disciplinary hearings before hearing panels.  John also represents clients in investigations by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

On the healthcare front, John routinely evaluates and negotiates employment agreements and other contracts for healthcare professionals, including but not limited to physicians and dentists.  He also counsels clients on the evolving reporting requirements for the National Practitioner Data Bank and assists long term care clients with CMS survey appeals.

In addition to his professional liability work, John also represents clients dealing with a variety of general liability and contractual concerns, such as non-competition and non-solicitation claims.

John’s years of legal service have provided him with the knowledge that client satisfaction is paramount, and if such satisfaction is to be achieved, the client’s concerns must be heard and understood.  John considers his ability to listen, truly listen, to his clients to be one of his most beneficial attributes, and he appreciates the reality that responsiveness to those well-understood concerns, combined with wise legal counsel, often results in exceeding client expectations.

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Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Physicians Insurers Association of America
  • South Carolina Bar
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association

Honors and Awards

  • South Carolina Super Lawyers – Professional Liability: Defense, 2018-Present
  • Legal Elite – Insurance Law, Columbia Business Monthly, 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America
    –  Insurance Law, 2015 to Present
    –  Litigation – Insurance, 2016 to Present
  • Legal Elite – Healthcare, Columbia Business Monthly, 2013

Community Involvement

  • United Way of the Midlands
  • YMCA Youth Soccer Coach 
  • Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Deacon

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit


  • J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 2000
  • B.A., Davidson College, 1995
  • Woodberry Forest School, 1991

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