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Melinda Hudson



Melinda Hudson represents clients in a broad range of litigation, dispute resolution and regulatory matters. For state and federal trial and appellate courts, she has drafted motions and briefs on threshold issues of justiciability, the merits of federal and state constitutional and statutory claims, and other legal issues. Melinda’s experience also includes taking depositions of plaintiffs and other witnesses, working with expert witnesses, and presenting oral argument to state and federal courts of appeals.

Office of the Indiana Attorney General Experience

Before joining Faegre Drinker, Melinda served as a deputy attorney general in the Solicitor General Division in the Office of the Indiana Attorney General. She represented the State of Indiana and its officers and agencies in courts including the Indiana Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. She drafted critical motions, appellate briefs, and amici curiae briefs led by Indiana and joined by dozens of other states. Melinda also argued as lead counsel in appellate cases before the Seventh Circuit and Indiana Court of Appeals, and prepared the solicitor general of Indiana for oral arguments in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Personal Interests

In her free time, Melinda enjoys running half-marathons, watching Oscar-nominated films and cheering on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Hon. Michael S. Kanne, 2020-2021


Notre Dame Law School
J.D. magna cum laude, Notre Dame Law Review (managing senior editor) (2020)

University of Illinois
B.S. in Food Science (2017)

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  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Sagamore American Inn of Court
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