William A. Hudson, Jr. is a partner in Tully Rinckey PLLC’s Washington, D.C., office where he focuses his practice on military, security clearance, and federal employment law.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Hudson was the president and CEO of Hudson Consulting, a firm focused on providing counsel to private industry in forming effective partnerships with governmental and non-governmental agencies and businesses and crafting innovative outreach strategies for the successful advancement of legislation and policy initiatives.
Mr. Hudson also served as the Acting General Counsel to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from November 10, 2019, to January 20, 2021. As the Chief Legal Officer of the Department and Legal Advisor to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, he oversaw and coordinated the work of the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) Central Office Law Groups, OGC’s District Chief Counsel Offices, and OGC’s National Practice Groups, which provide legal services in areas encompassing all of VA’s Veterans’ programs, personnel, torts, and general law subject matters.
Prior to joining VA, Mr. Hudson served the Department of Defense (DoD) as Senior Counsel and Director, Congressional Investigations, Office of General Counsel. He previously served twice at DoD in the Office of General Counsel as Acting Deputy General Counsel (Legislation). Mr. Hudson is a recipient of the Department of Veterans Affairs Exceptional Service Award and a five-time recipient of the Secretary of Defense’s Award for Exceptional Civilian Service.
Mr. Hudson retired from the United States Army in 2010 as a Colonel with over 27 years of active service. His past assignments include serving as Special Assistant for Legal and International Security Affairs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs. Previous assignments also include Staff Judge Advocate, 3rd Infantry Division and Fort Stewart, Georgia, where he deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I and III; Chief Counsel, Investigations and Legislation for the Office of the Chief, U.S. Army Legislative Liaison; Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne) Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, III Armored Corps and Fort Hood, Texas. Mr. Hudson’s military awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, United Nations in Haiti Medal, Parachutist’s Badge, and Combat Action Badge.
Mr. Hudson has held a Top Secret Security Clearance, and his education includes a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College; a Master of Laws from the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School; a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law; and a Bachelor of Arts from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He is also a graduate from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is admitted to practice before the State of South Carolina, the United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the United States Supreme Court.
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