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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 commercial litigation, with an emphasis on federal and state appeals. 

As head of the firm’s Appeals Section, Paul counsels firm clients on appellate strategy and procedure, and represents individual, corporate, and higher-education clients in state and federal appellate courts across the country.  He’s successfully advocated on behalf of: an automotive company in a tax appeal before the Michigan Supreme Court; a turbocharger supplier in a $50 million warranty dispute in the federal 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals; a law school facing fraud and consumer-protection claims in the federal 6th Circuit Court of Appeals; a client with an obstruction-of-justice appeal in the 6th Circuit; and a manufacturer with an issue of first impression regarding employer liability for a factory accident in the 6th Circuit.

Paul also counsels firm clients on potential amicus opportunities, and has submitted amicus briefs in the state and federal appellate courts on behalf of business clients and trade organizations.  He also maintains an active U.S. Supreme Court practice, representing clients at the writ of certiorari stage.

Paul is active in state and federal bar associations, holding leadership positions on the American Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Committee and the State Bar of Michigan’s Litigation Section Counsel. The Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently appointed Paul to Chair the Sixth Circuit’s Advisory Committee on Rules. Paul formerly served as the Editor-in-Chief and Publications Chair of the State Bar of Michigan Litigation Journal, and co-authored the Michigan chapter of a leading treatise on commercial disputes, “Business Torts:  A Fifty State Guide.”

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

Representative Matters

Reported and Published Decisions

Ford Motor Co. v. Department of Treasury, __ NW.2d __, 2014 WL 2894925 (Mich 2014)
Successfully argued an appeal on behalf of an automotive manufacturer seeking a tax refund from the Department of Treasury.

Jackson v. Sedgwick 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. Ellis 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.


Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Practice 2016-present

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


“Business Torts:  A Fifty State Guide” (Co-author of Michigan chapter), Aspen Publishers, 2014

"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)