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Paul D. Hudson

Appeals Section Chair




Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2006

Cornell University, B.A. 2003

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals

  • Sixth Circuit
  • Third Circuit

U.S. District Courts

  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • Western District of Michigan 
  • Northern District of Indiana

Paul Hudson specializes in complex civil and criminal appeals in state and federal appellate courts.

Paul holds a leadership position on the American Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Committee, and was one of three Michigan lawyers appointed by the Chief Judge of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to serve on the circuit's Advisory Committee on Rules. He is also a member of the State Bar of Michigan Litigation Section Council, serving a term through 2016.

He was named an appellate “Rising Star” by Michigan Super Lawyers, and an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Before joining Miller Canfield, Paul served as a law clerk for the Honorable Raymond M. Kethledge of the 6th Circuit.

Representative Matters

Reported and Published Decisions

Jackson v. Sedgwik Claims Claims Management, __ F.3d __ (2013) Successfully defended a worker's compensation claims administrator against allegations of civil RICO violations. Case was decided by Sixth Circuit en banc.

MacDonald v. Thomas M. Cooley Law School, _F.3d_ (2013) Successfully represented a law school in a purported $300 million class action brought by graduates alleging fraud and violations of the Michigan Consumer Protection Act.

Rudisill v. Ford Motor Co., 709 F.3d 595 (6th Cir. 2013) Successfully argued an appeal involving a claim brought under the Ohio intentional-tort statute arising out of a factory accident.

Mack Trucks Inc. v. BorgWarner Turbo Systems, Inc., 508 F. App’x 180 (3d Cir. 2012) Successfully represented a turbocharger supplier against a $50 million warranty claim brought by a large truck manufacturer.

Estate of David Geller v. Ellsi Seddon Trust, 2014 WL 61158 (Mich. App. 2014).  Successfully argued an appeal dismissing an action under Michigan’s corporate-dissolution statute.

Thomas M. Cooley Law School v. John Doe 1, 833 N.W.2d 331 (Mich. App. 2013) Represented law school in an appeal setting the standard in Michigan for discovery of the identity of an anonymous internet defamation defendant.

Michigan One Funding, LLC v. MacLean, 2012 WL 4210424 (Mich. App. 2012) Argued appeal involving retention of confidential documents by a company executive after termination.

Kennedy v. Warren, 428 F. App’x 517 (6th Cir. 2011) Briefed and argued a complex habeas corpus appeal involving changes to Confrontation Clause law.

People v. Klees, 2011 WL 2342707 (Mich. App. 2011) Briefed and argued a criminal-procedure issue of first impression in the Michigan Court of Appeals.

United States v. Wallace, No. 10-cr-20664 (E.D. Mich. 2012) Obtained a non-guilty verdict on the sole contested charge as co-counsel in a federal drug-distribution and firearms jury trial.

Urban Global v. DibbsBarker, 2011 WL 2802904 (E.D. Mich. 2011) Won dismissal of multi-million-dollar fraud and malpractice claims against an Australian law firm.


Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Up and Coming Lawyers, 2013

Michigan Super Lawyers, Appellate, Rising Star 2011-present

Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude

Georgetown Law Journal, Editor

The Annual Review of Criminal Procedure, Primary Editor

Cornell University, Government/Philosophy; Varsity Baseball Team

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, Appellate Practice Committee, Membership Chair

State Bar of Michigan, Litigation Section Council

Sixth Circuit Advisory Committee on Rules, Member

State Bar of Michigan Litigation Newsletter, Editor-in-Chief

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

Duffy Daugherty Memorial Award, Board of Directors


"Commentary: Federal government steps up criminal enforcement of immigration laws against employers," (Co-author), Michigan Lawyers Weekly, December 21, 2012

"Defending Employers When ICE Puts the Heat On," (Co-author), The Champion, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, January/February 2012

"Understanding the Changes to the Rules of Civil Procedure: Amendments Move E-Discovery to the Forefront of Civil Litigation," (Co-author), 2 CONSUMER FIN. L. Q. REP. 229 (2007)