D. Zachary Hudson is counsel at Bancroft PLLC. Mr. Hudson previously served as a law clerk to Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., in the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Mr. Hudson’s practice focuses on appellate litigation and strategic counseling, and spans a wide range of legal fields. Since joining Bancroft, he has argued cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Seventh, Ninth, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits and briefed cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Eleventh, D.C., and Federal Circuits. He has also represented clients in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and drafted submissions to the Department of Treasury, Patent and Trademark Office, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Trade Commission, U.S. International Trade Commission, and to the Office of the Solicitor General. Mr. Hudson also has experience coordinating complex litigation in the federal district courts and negotiating with domestic and foreign government entities.
Mr. Hudson graduated from Yale Law School, where he served as the Managing Editor of The Yale Law Journal, an Articles Editor on the Yale Law and Policy Review, and was an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics. He received his bachelor of science with honors from the United States Naval Academy, where he was selected as a Truman Scholar and Secretary of the Navy Distinguished Scholar, and his master of public policy from Georgetown University.
Before attending Yale, Mr. Hudson served as an engineering officer on the USS Santa Fe, a nuclear-powered fast attack submarine. He oversaw the training and management of a department of more than 60 personnel in charge of the safe operation of the submarine’s nuclear reactor. He also served in tactical positions on the submarine where he completed duties integral to the success of several missions vital to national security and briefed at the presidential level. Mr. Hudson received numerous awards for his military service, including the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.
Mr. Hudson is an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center and has published several scholarly works addressing issues of constitutional law and statutory interpretation. Those works include Eminent Domain Due Process, 119 Yale L.J. 1280, A Case for Varying Interpretive Deference at the State Level, 119 Yale L.J. 373, and Interpreting the Products of Direct Democracy, 28 Yale L. & Pol’y Rev. 223. He is a member of the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court and in 2011 was selected as an American Inns of Court Temple Bar Scholar.
An Ohio native, Mr. Hudson is admitted to the bar of the State of Ohio and the District of Columbia.