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Eric A. Hudson

Eric has extensive experience litigating complex cases in administrative, state, and federal trial and appellate courts as first-chair counsel. He has also frequently been called upon to analyze issues related to complex multi-district and class litigation. Over the last seven years, Eric has resolved or tried several cases before federal district courts throughout Texas and briefed and argued numerous cases before the US courts of appeals and Texas’ appellate courts. His cases have involved claims asserting administrative, constitutional, civil rights, voting rights causes of action, as well as those raising complex class and sovereign immunity issues.

Immediately prior to joining Terrazas, PLLC, he was Senior Special Counsel in the Special Litigation Unit of the Texas Attorney General’s Office. The Special Litigation Unit handled sensitive, complex matters important to the State of Texas and its executive and elected officials.

Loyola New Orleans College of Law

  Doctor of Jurisprudence — 2007

 

University of Houston

   Bachelor of Science in Economics – 2004

State Bar of Texas – 2007

   All Texas state courts

State Bar of New Mexico – 2009 (inactive status)

   All New Mexico state courts

US District Court for the Southern District of Texas

US District Court for the Northern District of Texas

US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

US District Court for the Western District of Texas

US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

US Supreme Court

US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation

 

Representative Cases

  • Texas v. United States, No. 21-cv-16, __F.Supp.3d__, 2022 WL 2109204 (S.D. Tex) (Successfully sought permanent injunction against Federal Department of Homeland Security policy concerning alien detainers);

  • Louisiana v. Biden, No. 21-cv-1074, __F.Supp.3d__, 2022 WL 438313 (W.D. La) (Member of multi-state team that successfully challenged Biden Administration’s executive order concerning the use of the Social Costs of Carbon when evaluating federal regulatory action);

  • Tex. Southern Univ. v. Villareal, 620 S.W.3d 899 (Tex. 2021) (Successfully defended against constitutional challenge seeking to expand the scope of due process rights);

  • Mi Familia Vota, et al. v. Abbott, et al., 977 F.3d 461 (5th Cir. 2020) (Successfully defended against constitutional challenge to COVID-19 voting practices);

  • Cotropia v. Chapman, 978 F.3d 282 (5th Cir. 2020) (Successfully defended against Fourth Amendment challenge and individual capacity suit against Texas Medical Board investigator);

  • Ituah, by her guardian, McKay, et al. v. Austin State Hospital, et al., No. A-18-CV-11-RP, 2020 WL 354949 (W.D. Tex. Jan. 3, 2020) (slip op.) recommending denial of class certification); Ituah, by her guardian, McKay, et al. v. Austin State Hospital, et al., No. A-18-CV-11-RP, 2020 WL 343973 2020 WL 343973 (W.D. Tex. Jan. 21, 2020) (slip op.) (adopting recommendation) (Successfully defended against class certification in constitutional challenge by state hospital patients);

  • Anderson v. Valdez, 913 F.3d 472 (5th Cir. 2019) (Successfully defendant against First Amendment Retaliation claim brought against the Chief Justice of the Thirteenth Court of Appeals);

  • Roppolo v. Linthicum, No. 19-cv-262 (S.D. Tex.) (Lead counsel on state-wide class action asserting denial of medical treatment in the Texas prison system; resolved through settlement on favorable terms);

  • Romero v. Brown, 937 F.3d 514 (5th Cir. 2019);

  • Wilkerson v. Univ. of North Tex., No. 15-cv-540 (E.D. Tex. Aug. 10, 2015). Jury trial held December 10-13, 2018, resulted in a complete defense verdict. Related opinions: Wilkerson v. Univ. of North Tex., et al., 878 F.3d 147 (5th Cir. 2017);

  • Texas Tech Univ. v. Dolcefino Comm., L.L.C., 565 S.W.3d 442 (Tex. App.–Amarillo 2018) Argued: November 7, 2018;

  • Slabisak v. Univ. of Texas Health Sci. Ctr. at Tyler, et al., No. 17-CV-597 (E.D. Tex. Aug. 25, 2017). Jury trial held November 13-20, 2018, resulted in a complete defense verdict. Related opinions: Slabisak v. Univ. of Texas Health Sci. Ctr. at Tyler, et al., No. 17-CV-597, 2018 WL 1072511 (E.D. Tex. Feb. 27, 2018) (dismissing Title IX claims under Lakoski preemption theory);

  • Bustillos v. El Paso Cnty. Hosp. Dist., 891 F.3d 214 (5th Cir. 2018) Argued: Feb. 8, 2018;

  • Legacy Cmty. Health Servs., Inc. v. Charles Smith, 881 F.3d 358 (5th Cir. 2018);

  • Premier Learning Acad., Inc., v. Tex. Educ. Agency, 521 S.W.3d 439 (Tex. App.—Austin 2017, pet. denied);

  • Tex. Dep’t of Motor Vehicles, et al. v. Fry Auto Servs., et al., D-1-GN-16-003995 (345th Jud. Dist. Ct.); 03-17-00034-CV, 2017 WL 2985815 (Tex. App.—Austin 2017) (app. br.) (Successfully defended against temporary injunction seeking to halt implementation of state regulations for private businesses);

  • Jariwala v. Univ. Tex. Med. Branch at Galveston, 2016 WL 740661 (S.D. Tex. Jan. 8, 2016) Jury trial held in January of 2016 resulted in a complete defense verdict;

  • Mills v. Garcia, et al., 650 Fed. App’x 873 (5th Cir. 2016); 2016 WL 4530935 (S.D. Tex. July 28, 2016) Bench trial held in July of 2016 resulted in a complete defense verdict.

 

Publications and presentations

  • Hudson, E. 2017. HOW TO EFFECTIVELY LITIGATE CONSTITUTIONAL TORT CLAIMS; Texas State Bar CLE No. 928009224. Paper and presentation for the Office of the Attorney General delivered on August 3, 2017. Accepted for .50 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit by the Texas State Bar.

 

 

Professional Activities and Memberships

 

  • The Federalist Society (Austin Chapter)

  • Austin Bar Association

  • Austin Triathlon Club

Contact

Tel: 512-294-9891