Danielle Hudson Laughlin, Esq.

Founding Attorney & CEO

Danielle Hudson Laughlin founded SAGE Business Counsel to support high-growth businesses in achieving their legal and regulatory goals on time, and within a budget. Danielle believes strongly in conscious capitalism and using business as a creative venture to bring good into the world through ethical principles that profit companies and all of their stakeholders.

She blends her passion for philosophy and art into her legal career by holistically helping businesses and their owners find a balance between the personal and the professional. Danielle’s view on business and law is that a rising tide lifts all boats, so she focuses her honed legal prowess of over a decade fighting in court to help prevent loss in business through proactive legal strategies.

Her goal is to lift more entrepreneurs out of poverty and into lifelong prosperity, which in turn will prosper those they employ and serve, making the world a place in which we all can thrive.

Danielle Hudson Laughlin’s Experience



  • Georgia State University, B.A. Philosophy, Pre-Law Studies
    • HOPE Scholarship Recipient, 2001 – 2007
    • Business Ethics Panel Participant, 2006
  • Georgia State University College of Law, Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude
    • Fellow, Atlanta Law School, Full Tuition Scholarship, 2008 – 2011
    • Associate Legislative Editor, Law Review, 2010 – 2011
    • Regional Winners, Student Trial Lawyers Association, 2010
    • Pupil, Bleckley Inn of Court, 2011
    • Highest Pro Bono Distinction, 2011
    • President, The Federalist Society, 2010 – 2011
    • Co-Founder, Be Your Own Boss Club, 2010
    • Contributor, The Docket, Georgia State College of Law Newspaper 2009 – 2011

Related Experience

  • Associate Attorney, Creditors’ Rights, Rubin Lublin, LLC, 2011 – 2015
  • Intern, Honorable Former Chief Judge Stephen Louis A Dillard, Georgia Court of Appeals, 2011
  • Intern, Honorable Former Chief Judge Yvette Miller, Georgia Court of Appeals, 2010
  • Extern, Honorable Judge Wendy L. Shoob, Fulton County Superior Court, 2009
  • Extern, Constitutional Litigation, Southeastern Legal Foundation, 2009
  • Fellow, The Liberty Fund, Advanced Topics in Liberty Series,“The Federalists and Anti-Federalists,” 2010
  • Participant, Students for Liberty, Second Annual International Conference, 2009
  • Fellow, Charles G. Koch Foundation, Georgia Public Policy Foundation, 2009
  • Participant, Social Change Workshop, Institute for Humane Studies, 2007
  • Sales Associate, Newmark Knight Frank, Industrial Properties, 2006 – 2007

Publications & Media Features

  • Opinion editorial: July 21, 2009, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “When Cities Compete, Citizens Win”
  • Opinion editorial: October 3, 2009, The Athens Banner-Herald, “Waste of Energy: The Meaningless Mandates of ‘Green’ Building”
  • Opinion editorial: Spring 2010, The Docket, Georgia State University College of Law Newspaper, “Subsidized Education a Privilege, Not a Right”
  • Blog, “For Sound Policy, Not Unsound Politics: A blog by Danielle Hudson,” The Docket Online
  • Georgia State University Law Review, Peach Sheet, Senate Bill 308, “The Common Sense Lawful Carry Act of 2010”, 27 Ga. St. U.L. Rev. 131
  • (Unpublished, Honorable Mention) Georgia State University Law Review, Student Note, “Preventing Orwell’s 1984: How a Tri-State Water War Can Extinguish the Constitutional Fire Chevron Has Fueled for Decades”

Superpower: Cross-Dimensional Awareness—I detect actions and decisions available in alternate realities to help my clients make informed decisions about how to move forward.

Secret Weapon: As a former bank lawyer and commercial real estate agent, I can advise clients on a variety of business matters that allow them to creatively expand their market share while mitigating unnecessary risk.

Favorite Quote: “Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it…Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again” ― Steve Jobs.

Favorite Destination: Our home away from home is Tampa/St. Pete, Florida, but my favorite destination so far has been Paris.

Heroic Feat: Winning a 5-day jury trial within a few weeks of giving birth to my youngest son… against three opposing lawyers.

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