James Hardin is an experienced attorney who founded Hardin Law Group, 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 20 years litigation experience since graduating from the prestigious UCLA School of Law in 1999, James has recovered over $110 million in verdicts and settlements, in addition to obtaining many other notable results for clients.

Before founding Hardin Law Group, 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.


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

  • He has a perfect rating (10.0 over of 10.0) with AVVO.
  • Named a 2019 Best Law Firm and 2019 Best Lawyer
  • Named 2018 America’s Top High Stakes Litigator
  • Named 2018 Top 100 Lawyer by American Society for Legal Advocates
  • Named 2017 America’s Top High Stakes Litigator
  • Named 2017 Top 100 Lawyers by Distinguished Attorney Magazine
  • Named 2017 Top 100 Employment Attorney in California by the National Advocates,
  • Named 2017 Best Lawyer
  • Named 2016 10 Best in Labor and Employment by the American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • Named 2015 Labor and Employment Firm of the Year by Corporate Livewire
  • Named 2014 Top Attorney by OC Metro Magazine,
  • Named a “Rising Star” six times by SuperLawyers.
  • 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 settlements – 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.


James has recovered over $110 million in verdicts and settlements, in addition to obtaining many other notable results for clients. Some of the firm’s recent successes include the following:

  • $51,000,000 (breach of contract and fraud)
  • $11,200,000 (class action)
  • $10,000,000+ (breach of contract and fraud)
  • $10,000,000+ (fraud and unfair competition)
  • $8,000,000 (shareholder/partnership dispute)
  • $1,200,000+ (employment)
  • $1,000,000 (shareholder/partnership dispute)
  • $1,000,000 (personal injury)
  • $900,000 (employment)
  • $750,000 (class action)
  • $600,000+ (employment)
  • $550,000+ (employment)
  • $500,000+ (employment)
  • $500,000+ (employment)
  • $500,000+ (employment)
  • $400,000 (employment)
  • $400,000 (employment)
  • $375,000 (employment)
  • $350,000 (class action)
  • $300,000 (unpaid commissions)
  • $250,000 (employment)
  • $237,500 (employment)
  • $200,000 (employment)
  • $200,000 (employment)


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