Texas Lawyer newspaper announced that Rusty Hardin was among only 22 lawyers on their 2015 Professional Excellence Award: Lifetime Achievers list. This list recognizes lawyers who have made their mark on the legal profession in the Lone Star State.
Mr. Hardin has received many accolades in his career and he was just named a national Trial Ace by the legal news service Law 360.
For nearly 40 years, Houston trial lawyer Mr. Hardin has taken on some of the biggest cases and pulled out the toughest wins. Defending baseball star Roger Clemens, he bucked Congress and the Department of Justice and won an acquittal. He overpowered feisty Anna Nicole Smith in cross-examination, winning a billion-dollar estate fight for his clients.
First as a criminal prosecutor, then as a civil litigator, he has first-chaired 176 trials, winning 156. He’s won cases for all manner of businesses, from casinos to newspapers to oil companies. Mr. Hardin has also prevailed on many important appeals, including the Enron-connected Arthur Andersen case and the overturning of the largest libel verdict in history involving Dow Jones.
His role as special prosecutor in the inquiry into the wrongful murder conviction of Michael Morton led to jail time for former county prosecutor Ken Anderson. And his pro bono crusade on behalf of a woman who was sexually assaulted by her boss, then-federal Judge Sam Kent, led to Kent’s prison time and impeachment and shone a light on the weak handling of judicial misconduct.