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Dec 08, 2016

Kristen Hudson receives the Public Interest Law Initiative’s alumni award for outstanding contributions of public interest and pro bono work

On Dec., 7, 2016, Chuhak & Tecson, P.C., Principal Kristen Hudson received the Public Interest Law Initiative’s (PILI) Distinguished Alumni Award for outstanding contributions of public interest and/or pro bono work. Each year, PILI’s Annual Awards Luncheon brings nearly 500 members of the Illinois Legal community together to celebrate the very best aspects of the legal profession and the commitment of the legal professionals who dedicate themselves to serving low-income people with legal needs.

Hudson began her legal career in 2003 as a PILI Graduate Fellow at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS). Since then, she has stayed involved with CVLS as a volunteer and board member, recently finishing her term as board president. Currently, she chairs the Board Development Committee.  

CVLS’s Executive Director Margaret Benson said, “Kristen has a heart of gold and the tenacity of a tiger. A true believer in pro bono, she clearly has a lifetime commitment to it. She is an excellent lawyer and represents the best in our profession.”

As part of her acceptance speech, Hudson credited CVLS with making her the lawyer she is today. “The hands-on experience I received early prepared me for the challenges of a career in commercial litigation, and gave me the foundation I needed to begin my legal practice,” Hudson said.

As a principal in complex commercial litigation, Hudson has won several high-stakes legal challenges in courtrooms across the nation. She also focuses on maximizing the recovery of insurance proceeds for her policyholder clients and is knowledgeable about commercial insurance policies of all kinds.

Hudson has received numerous other accolades for her legal work including the 2016 Chicago Bar Association’s Alta May Hulett Award. She was also named one of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” by Law Bulletin Publishing Company. In 2015-2016, she was selected as an “Emerging Lawyer,” a distinction earned by only two percent of all lawyers licensed to practice law in the state, and she has received the “Illinois Rising Star” designation for eight consecutive years.