Rusty Hardin , Jr. - Rusty Hardin & Associates, LLP

Rusty Hardin , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2016
Phone: 713-652-9000

Acclaimed Texas trial lawyer Rusty Hardin is the founder and name partner of Houston’s Rusty Hardin & Associates, LLP, accomplished in both complex civil matters and significant criminal cases. Mr. Hardin has more than 40 years of litigation experience, beginning his career as an assistant prosecutor in Houston’s Harris County in 1975.

Since entering private practice in 1991, Mr. Hardin has tried over 70 jury trials, fairly evenly split between civil and criminal cases. His clients have been as varied as Arthur Andersen in both civil and criminal cases; Dow Jones, for whom the firm won a new trial in the face of the largest libel verdict in history; the J. Howard Marshall II estate in the nationally followed probate trial involving claims made by Anna Nicole Smith; ExxonMobil Corp.; Rice University; Las Vegas Sands; and a lengthy roster of professional athletes that includes Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs, Warren Moon, Rudy Tomjanovich, Calvin Murphy and Adrian Peterson. 

Mr. Hardin also has a lengthy track record of independent investigations involving highly sensitive matters. He served as chief trial counsel for Independent Counsel Robert Fiske and his successor Kenneth Starr in the Whitewater investigation. And more recently, he led a politically fraught investigation into the actions of a University of Texas System Regent for a Texas legislative committee. 

Mr. Hardin has earned many accolades over the years, earning a place on The National Law Journal’s list of The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America in 2013 and profiled as a “Trial Ace” by Law360 in 2015. He was named one of the "25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter-Century" by Texas Lawyer in 2010. He has been selected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Since 2009, Hardin has served on the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee.

A native of North Carolina, Hardin received his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and his J.D. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Additional Information

American Board of Trial Advocates — Member
American College of Trial Lawyers — Fellow
Litigation Counsel of America — Fellow
International Academy of Trial Lawyers — Fellow
Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee — Member
Texas Bar Foundation — Fellow
Wesleyan UniversityBS 1965Southern Methodist University Dedman School of LawJ.D. 1975

Case History

Investigation of University of Texas System Regent — Led high-profile investigation of University of Texas System Regent on behalf of the Texas House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operation. The probe, initiated because of Regent Wallace Hall’s lengthy personal investigations of the UT administration, found four possible grounds for impeaching him. In the end, the House Select Committee censured Hall for misconduct, incompetence or behavior unbefitting the holder of a state office.
Criminal defense of Roger Clemens — Represented major league baseball pitcher Roger Clemens in winning an acquittal at the end of a two-month federal trial in Washington in which Clemens was charged with perjury, obstruction of Congress and making false statements. The charges stemmed from accusations of steroid use by Clemens’ former trainer.
Defense of New York Yankee Wade Boggs in civil suit for alleged verbal assault — Won jury verdict in 4 minutes clearing famed baseball star in civil assault suit by a flight attendant seeking damages for her claim that Boggs verbally abused her on a charter flight. Mr. Hardin's defense showed that the woman escalated the situation with her own verbal shots. 
Defense of Arthur Andersen accounting firm in criminal and civil cases arising from Enron scandal — Represented accounting firm Arthur Andersen in criminal fraud trial, securities class actions and numerous civil suits as part of the multidistrict litigation based in Houston and related to the financial collapse of Enron Corp.

Office Location

Five Houston Center, Suite 2250
1401 McKinney Street
Houston, TX 77010
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Criminal Defense: White-Collar