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Abbey Hudson is a partner in Gibson Dunn’s Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses on environmental matters and complex trial litigation. She devotes a significant portion of her time to helping clients navigate environmental and emerging regulations and related governmental investigations. The Legal 500 United States named Ms. Hudson a Next Generation Lawyer in the category of Industry Focus – Environment – Litigation.
Environmental and Mass Tort Litigation and Regulatory Compliance. Ms. Hudson has handled all aspects of environmental and mass tort litigation and regulatory compliance. She has provided counseling and advice on environmental and regulatory compliance to clients on a wide range of issues, including supply chain transparency requirements, comments on pending regulatory developments, and enforcement counseling. She has experience handling California environmental matters that involve the California Air Resources Board, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the California Geologic Energy Management Division, and the Regional Water Quality Control Board – Los Angeles Region. Ms. Hudson also regularly advises clients regarding Environmental Social Governance (“ESG”) issues, including sustainability, in connection with corporate and real estate transactions.
Ms. Hudson also has experience with climate change focused regulations such as the California Air Resources Board’s (‘CARB”) Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), the Zero-Emission Vehicle Program, and the Cap-and-Trade Program. As part of her climate focused work, she helps guide clients to monetize the environmental and low-carbon attributes of their products or services under both voluntary and compliance based regimes.
Litigation. Over the past decade, Ms. Hudson has litigated several of the firm’s most high-profile complex cases. She specializes in helping clients navigate incident response including crafting big picture media and litigation strategies. Ms. Hudson also has an expertise in post-incident e-discovery and evidence preservation.
Some of Ms. Hudson’s most recent non-confidential matters include:
Community and Firm Involvement. Ms. Hudson is a member of the Firm’s Associates, Diversity, Well-Being and Community Affairs Committees. Additionally, Ms. Hudson helped launch and helps run the firm’s LGBT Women’s initiative. In 2017, Ms. Hudson was named one of the 40 Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association. Ms. Hudson also has an active pro bono practice. She regularly represents The Trevor Project, and she also is a certified trainer for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and traveled to Kenya and Tanzania with Lawyers Without Borders to facilitate the training of Kenyan and Tanzanian advocates and judges on how to successfully bring to trial claims under those countries wildlife conservation laws.
Education and Background. Ms. Hudson earned her law degree from Columbia University, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, a finalist in the Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Competition, and president of OutLaws, Columbia’s LGBT law student organization. Ms. Hudson received her Bachelor’s degree with distinction in Political Science from Yale University in 2003.
Columbia University - 2009 Juris Doctor
Yale University - 2003 Bachelor of Arts