Overview

James Hardin is an experienced attorney who founded Hardin & Lott, an elite law firm, to fight for the rights of employees. After training as a business lawyer, James has focused his practice on representing employees in employment-related disputes regarding almost every imaginable issue, including cases or issues involving wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, wage and hour violations, medical leaves, employee benefits, privacy, class actions, and trade secrets.

With over 15 years litigation experience since graduating from the prestigious UCLA School of Law in 1999, James has recovered over $90 million in verdicts and settlements, in addition to obtaining many other notable results for clients.

Before founding Hardin & Associates, James worked at several of the nation’s top plaintiffs’ firms, including Robinson, Calcagnie & Robinson, in addition to Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker and Call, Jensen & Ferrell, where he was a shareholder.

He recently authored a leading book on California trade secrets law, entitled “California Trade Secret Litigation, Practice Guide” (2015), and has written articles on other employment-related subjects.  He also regularly presents on topics regarding litigation skills and tactics.

Awards

James’ accomplishments in the legal profession have been acknowledged on many occasions.

  • He has a perfect rating (10.0 out of 10.0) with AVVO.
  • In 2015, he and his firm were recognized as Labor and Employment firm of the year by Corporate Livewire.
  • In 2015, he was named a Top 100 Employment Attorney in California by the prestigious organization The National Advocates.
  • In 2014, OC Metro magazine gave him the “Top Attorney” award.
  • He has been recognized six times as a “Rising Star” by SuperLawyers.
  • He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, two of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlement and less than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

Education & Affiliations

Education: James is a graduate of UCLA School of Law.

Bar admissions: James is admitted to the California Bar, the United States District Court, Central District; United States District Court, Southern District; United States District Court, Northern District; United States District Court, Eastern District.

Bar associations: James is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Bar Association.

Success

James has recovered over $90 million in verdicts and settlements, in addition to obtaining many other notable results for clients.

  • Served as lead counsel and recovered more than $10 million for plaintiffs’ in a class action in which a nationwide class was certified.
  • A $51 million cash settlement for a large technology company in a business litigation case involving defective components;
  • A judgment of no liability on a complaint and approximately $8 million on a cross-complaint in business dispute between owners of a closely held corporation.
  • Served as lead counsel and recovered more than $10 million for plaintiffs’ in a class action in which a nationwide class was certified.
  • Settlement of a corporate securities and breach of fiduciary duty matter where his clients were defendants by counterclaiming. Resulted in the ultimate dismissal of a the complaint and a recovery of more than $1 million in cash and securities on the counterclaim.
  • Defeated a plaintiff’s motions for preliminary injunction and summary judgment in a trademark and trade dress infringement case and obtained a favorable settlement for his client soon thereafter.

Presentations

Mastering the Deposition, Bridgeport Continuing Education Series

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