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Cynthia E. Hudson, Esq.

Areas of Experience

State and local government, labor, employment, civil rights, consumer, and contract matters.

Professional Experience

  • Certified Mediator, Supreme Court of Virginia.
  • Counsel, Sands Anderson PC, 2020-2022.
  • Chief Deputy Attorney General, Commonwealth of Virginia, 2014-2020.
  • City Attorney, City of Hampton, Virginia, 2006-2013; Deputy City Attorney, 1996-2005.
  • Associate Attorney, McGuireWoods LLP, 1987-1995.


  • Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation, Class of 2015.
  • Former President, Local Government Attorneys of Virginia.
  • Recipient, Edward J. Finnegan Award for Distinguished Service, Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, 2021.
  • Member, William & Mary Board of Visitors, 2020-Present.
  • Chair, Governor’s Commission to Examine Racial Inequity in Virginia Law, 2019-2022.
  • Former Co-Chair, Governor’s Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • Former Member, Virginia State Crime Commission.
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Thomas Nelson Community College.
  • Former Member, Virginia Supreme Court Commission on the Evaluation of Judges.
  • Recognized as a “Leader in the Law,” Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2021.
  • Listed in “Best Lawyers in America” in Municipal Law, 2022-2023.
  • Selected as “Legal Elite” in Labor/Employment Law, Virginia Business, 2020-2022.
  • Member, Inaugural Class of “Influential Women of Law,” Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2019.
  • Recipient, Oliver Hill Civil Rights Leader Award, Richmond Chapter of the NAACP, 2018.
  • Recipient, Virginia Women in History Award, Library of Virginia, 2015.
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Boys & Girls Club of Great Hampton Roads (Peninsula Facility); Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA (Hampton, VA); Transitions Family Violence Services (Hampton, VA): Riverside Behavioral Health (Newport News, VA).
  • Former Adjunct Professor, State and Local Government law, William & Mary School of Law.


  • William & Mary Law School, J.D.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, B.S.

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