Thom Hudson has cultivated a substantial career as an ally and advocate for trial attorneys, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. Trial lawyers often turn to him after winning or losing a large case, seeking his appellate expertise to charge forward. Thom leans into his Ph.D. in Philosophy, a foundational element of his practice. His critical thinking and argument strategies have been instrumental in developing successful appeals and enabled him to see connections in the law that lawyers without his background sometimes miss. Several of his cases have shaped the rules that govern appellate law itself. 

Early in his career, Thom was mentored by appellate judges and several lawyers who later became appellate judges. Over the last 20+ years, he has developed expertise in constitutional issues, contract issues, torts, insurance, and more. Thom now focuses exclusively on counseling trial attorneys and in-house corporate clients on appellate-related issues and strategy. 

Thom has proven himself as a skilled writer and orator. He has written numerous articles on appellate issues for a variety of publications, including the Arizona Attorney and the Journal of Appellate Practice, and co-authored the monthly column “Appellate Highlights” for over a decade. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a past chair of the State Bar Appellate Practice Section, served as a Ninth Circuit Appellate Lawyer Representative, and was named the Phoenix Appellate Practice “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers® in 2015.

Representative Matters


  • Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: Appellate, 2020-2021
  • Southwest Super Lawyers, Appellate, 2008-2022
  • Best Lawyers®, Appellate Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation and Commercial Litigation, 2008-2021
  • Arizona State Bar, President’s Award, 2017
  • Phoenix Best Lawyers®, Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year, 2015


Professional Activities

  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, Fellow, 2010-Present
  • American Bar Association, 2002-present, Appellate Practice Committee, 2005-Present
  • Arizona Appellate Practice Institute, Co-Chair, May 2005-2007, Faculty, 2007-Present
  • Arizona State Bar Appellate Practice Section, Chair, 2006; Executive Council, 2003-Present; Member 1999-Present; Civil Practice and Procedural Committee, 1999-2015
  • Federal Bar Association, 1999-Present
  • Arizona Appellate Handbook Committee, Member, 2005-2020
  • Appellate Lawyer Representative, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2013-2017
  • Horace Rumpole Inn of Court: President, 2002-2003; Executive Committee, 1996-2005; Member, 1995-2005

Community Activities

  • SunSounds Volunteer Radio Broadcast Reader, 1990-2002
  • Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Board, 1998-1999