William M. Hardin - Osborn Maledon, P.A.

William M. Hardin

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995
Phone: 602-640-9322

Bill is co-leader of Osborn Maledon's business practice.  His personal practice focuses on representing entrepreneurs and investors in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity financing and other significant business transactions.  Bill also represents growth companies as outside general counsel in establishing strategic relationships, joint ventures, technology licensing and distribution deals, executive employment and compensation arrangements and other matters.  Bill has also assisted public and private organizations in developing and implementing economic development and capital formation legislative initiatives and ballot campaigns.

Bill is recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business and by Best Lawyers and has ranked among the Top 50 Arizona Attorneys by Southwest Super Lawyers. Bill graduated, with honors, from The University of Chicago Law School in 1982.

Clients served represent a variety of industries and have included: Apollo Group; Archetypes Inc.; Arizona Board of Regents; Arizona State University; Beauty Innovations Group; Carefx Corporation; Columbia University; Heska Corporation; Honeywell; NetPro Computing; Philosophy, Inc.; Quality Care Solutions, Inc.; ST Microelectronics; and W.L. Gore & Associates.

In addition to his law practice, Bill remains active in community projects focusing on economic development, education, housing and human rights. During Governor Napolitano's administration, he served as Co-Chair of the Governor's Council on Innovation and Technology and a director of the Arizona Economic Resource Organization.  He currently serves on the boards of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Human Services Campus, which coordinates services for homeless persons in Phoenix. Bill was a founder of the Arizona Human Rights Fund, now Equality Arizona, serving as a director and pro bono legal counsel for many years.

Over the years, he has worked on a variety of legal and philanthropic projects for Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS and various organizations working to promote marriage equality and the civil rights of LGBT persons.  Governor Napolitano awarded Bill the first Governor's Award for Excellence in Human Rights in 2005.

University of ChicagoJ.D. 1982

Client Comments

"Bill Hardin is simply the finest attorney I have ever had the pleasure of working with, and we have worked with the best. He is a sage . he is a gracious man. He is the one horse you never bet against. He gets you to a finish line without drama. He is a brilliant thinker and an ultra clear communicator. He is always available. His greatest gift is bringing parties together. He is the master of the win/win scenario."

"Bill has been of help to us on matters relating to what is going on in policy at the state executive level, and what may be happening elsewhere that has strategic value to our company."

-Herb Hayden
Southwest Solar Technology, LLC

"Bill and his team are incredibly responsive and he has a strong understanding of our business. He can see beyond the near term legal issues we may be dealing with to help me navigate those challenges in the broader context of managing my business for the long term. I would highly recommend Bill and his team to any business."

-Andy Hurd
CareFx Corporation

"I have worked with Bill Hardin for 10 years now and have found him to be an outstanding and highly knowledgeable resource on corporation law. He has always looked for cost-effective and rational approaches to dealing with legal issues. He listens well and frames his responses in terms that are relevant to the company and situation. I have a high degree of confidence and trust in Bill."

-Sherwood Chapman

"William Hardin is the best lawyer I have had the opportunity to work with. He is very strong in many aspects of the law; however, he is willing to admit when certain aspects may not be his expertise and is quick to bring in assistance if necessary to insure the best representation. William is very much a team player and takes the time to understand your business. He is very responsive to your issues and does his best to present an excellent solution. I have and will continue to recommend William to other business associates whenever they need legal assistance."

-Mark Harshbarger
Former COO
Philosophy Inc.

"Bill Hardin is a very polished and professional attorney, yet his viewpoints and approaches to legal matters are down to earth. He is an effective communicator and highly effective at seeking the basic facts in a matter while not getting distracted on matters that are unrelated to the core of an issue. Equally importantly, he gets others in such discussions to likewise focus on the core issues."

-Sherwood Chapman

"I have enjoyed working with Bill Hardin over the past 13 years. Although the companies and their capital structures varied considerably over the years, Bill's advice was always consistent, timely, and practical in every situation. He is extremely knowledgeable in venture capital financing and deal structuring, stock option plans, merger and acquisition transactions, etc. More importantly, Bill is willing to listen to new ideas, or new approaches, to an issue, and that makes it very ease to work with him. He is an outstanding legal advisor."

-Al Boos
Former VP and CFO
Quality Care Solutions, Inc.

"Mr. Hardin has done an excellent job in meeting the corporate legal needs of philosophy, Inc. Mr. Hardin has the unique ability of translating corporate law into practical legal advice for our firm. He is also well rounded in his knowledge of many topics, which allows him to identify many potential issues and then strategize how to avoid legal issues. Mr. Hardin modifies his approach and communication style to fit the varying communication styles of our management team."

-Mark Harshbarger
Chief Operating Officer / Chief Financial Officer
Philosophy, Inc.

"We worked with Bill on the acquisition of our closely held company by a major public corporation. We could not have been better represented. Bill has extensive experience, technical expertise, excellent negotiating skills, and great contacts. However, what really made the difference for us was his ability to summarize complex issues, to empathize with his clients' needs, and to make us feel that we were the complete focus of his attention."

-Martin Girard
DH Instruments, A Fluke Company

Office Location

The Phoenix Plaza, 21st Floor
2929 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85012-2793
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Corporate Law of the Phoenix Metro Area
William M. Hardin has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!

Practice Areas

Corporate Law (Business Planning, Closely-Held Businesses, Corporate Compliance, Corporate Governance, General Corporate, Intellectual Property, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Securities, Transactions, Venture Capital)
Securities / Capital Markets Law (Capital Markets, Corporate, Investigations, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Transactions, Venture Capital)

Other Information

Gender: Male