Partner, Orange County
Direct Line: (949) 502-7761
Facsimile: (949) 502-7762
Litigation can be a slow and arduous process. I have unfortunately been involved in more than one dispute, and while it would be a stretch to say any of them were easy or enjoyable, I can say with confidence that none were handled more professionally, compassionately, and with more vigor than the lawsuit in which I was represented by Peter Hardin. He has earned my highest recommendation and endorsement.
Peter honed in on the available evidence in my favor, worked with an expert to extract further evidence, consulted with witnesses, and then organized everything and spoke with investigators and the prosecutor. He anticipated the information they wanted to know, got ahead of the issues, and prevented charges against me from ever even being filed!
I worked with Peter for over a year on a case involving complex legal issues. Through this process, Peter earned my unequivocal confidence and trust. Based on my own experience and his track record of success in sensitive and high stakes matters, I wholeheartedly recommend Peter to anyone looking for strong, intelligent, and effective representation.
I met Mr. Hardin in my role as a consultant to a client involved in extremely complex litigation in federal court. I spent many hours with Mr. Hardin over an extended time period and can confidently state that he provided excellent representation under difficult circumstances. Specifically, Mr. Hardin had the responsibility for dealing with depositions. I have no reservation to recommend Mr. Hardin for the most important cases.
Peter Hardin embodies all the qualities of an exceptional attorney. He possesses a strong knowledge of the law and the unique ability to thoughtfully explain the critical concepts to his clients. His work ethic is second to none as he passionately pursues the interest of his clients. However, above all these critical skills and attributes, is Peter's compassion - he genuinely cares about his clients. He has an unwavering commitment to not only zealously represent his clients, but to also care for them as human beings.
Peter Hardin has fifteen years of experience prosecuting and defending criminal cases as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps, a Deputy District Attorney, a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, and a member of two of the nation's most prestigious boutique litigation law firms. The breadth and depth of Mr. Hardin's experience provides him insight into prosecutors' and investigators' goals and strategies, an understanding he leverages in fighting for his clients' rights and freedom.
Mr. Hardin represents individuals and businesses under investigation, as well as companies conducting internal investigations. His areas of practice include antitrust, computer and intellectual property/piracy offenses, embezzlement, environmental crimes and compliance, export/import violations, False Claims Act violations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations, healthcare fraud, money laundering, Bank Secrecy Act violations, mortgage fraud, financial institution fraud, narcotics and firearms offenses, privacy and cybersecurity issues, procurement fraud, securities and commodities fraud, and tax violations.
After graduating from The George Washington Law School, Mr. Hardin served as Judge Advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps for over five years, attaining the rank of Captain. A combat veteran, Mr. Hardin served in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012 as a member of 1st Reconnaissance Battalion. In garrison, he was lead counsel in courts martial and administrative separation hearings and ran the prosecution office for the largest command in the Marine Corps.
Mr. Hardin tried cases in state and federal courts as a Deputy District Attorney at the Office of the District Attorney in Orange County, California and as a Special Assistant United States Attorney at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California in Los Angeles.
As a Deputy District Attorney, Mr. Hardin worked with and advised law enforcement officers from various Orange County municipalities, the California Highway Patrol, and toxicology experts. As a federal prosecutor, he advised law enforcement agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Secret Service; Department of State; Department of Homeland Security; Bureau of Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; and the Postal Inspection Service while prosecuting cases involving financial and government fraud, mail and wire fraud, drug trafficking, firearms offenses, and violent crimes.
After departing public service, Mr. Hardin worked at two of the nation’s premier boutique litigation law firms. He has represented defendants, targets, and witnesses in federal and state criminal and civil investigations and prosecutions conducted by the Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Protection Financial Bureau, federal and California Environmental Protection Agency, and municipal police departments. He conducts internal investigations of and represents companies and corporate officers; conducts in-depth research for and drafts and litigates motions and pleadings; and prepares presentations for clients and federal and state prosecutors and investigators. Mr. Hardin has experience working with experts in toxicology, DNA, financial accounting, emotional and physical trauma, computer information extraction, and prison efficacy in preparation for trial and mitigation at sentencing.
Raised in New York City, Mr. Hardin chose to make Orange County home after his honorable discharge from the Marine Corps in 2013. He is devoted to his community and dedicates time serving veterans, civic, and community organizations and student extracurricular activities.
- Government Investigations & White Collar Defense
- Computer and Intellectual Property/Piracy Offenses
- Environmental Crimes and Compliance
- Export/Import Violations
- False Claims and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations
- Healthcare Fraud
- Money Laundering and Bank Secrecy Act Violations
- Mortgage and Financial Institution Fraud
- Narcotics and Firearms Offenses
- Privacy and Cybersecurity
- Procurement Fraud
- Securities and Commodities Fraud
- Tax Violations
- State of California
- State of New York
- State of Colorado
- Law Clerk, The Honorable James E. Baker, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
- The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2007
- University of Colorado at Boulder, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), English 2002
- California Bar Association
- Orange County Bar Association
- The November 10th Association