Jude first began practicing law in 1982. He has been named Trial Lawyer of the Year four times, and Outstanding Trial Lawyer nine times by various trial lawyer organizations. He is the only lawyer between Los Angeles and San Francisco to be part of the prestigious Inner Circle of Advocates, a national invitation-only organization that includes only the 100 top plaintiff trial lawyers in the United States. Jude currently volunteers as the president of the Trial Lawyers College, helping lawyers improve their courtroom skills. Recently, he was selected as one of the nation’s Top Trial Lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association and named Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Central Coast Trial Lawyers Association in 2010, 2008 and 2004. He was also recognized in seven individual cases by the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego for obtaining significant case results, and on one case was recognized for obtaining the largest verdict against law enforcement in San Diego County history.