J.D., magna cum laude, Baylor University School of Law, 1996
Bachelor of Arts in History, Baylor University, 1993
Baylor Law Review
National Order of Barristers
Selected for inclusion in the 2004, 2006 – 2010 Texas Rising Stars listings, Thomson Reuters and published in Texas Monthly.
Rusty Hardin's Comments About Lara
Lara grew up in Houston and comes from a family of lawyers. She received her undergraduate degree from Baylor University and then attended Baylor Law School. After graduating second in her class from Baylor, she clerked for Judge Sam D. Johnson on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. After completing this clerkship, she and Derek Hollingsworth, another attorney at the firm, married. They then both clerked at the Texas Supreme Court. She worked with Justice James A. Baker. After finishing their clerkships, Derek and Lara moved to Dallas. Lara went to work for Carrington Coleman and did both litigation and appellate work, working with formidable mentors such as the Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn and Jeff Levinger. She returned home to Houston in June 2000, and went to work as an appellate attorney at her family’s firm, the Hudgins Law Firm. She continued to do appellate work there until her daughter, Carter, was born in February 2003. After making her an offer she couldn’t refuse, Lara began practicing with Rusty Hardin. Even though 10 years have passed and two more kids have come along, sons Beck and Rafe, the cases that come through the door at Rusty Hardin & Associates continue to challenge and entertain her.
Lara is an appellate lawyer who also manages a complex corporation (i.e., the family household). She has successfully represented many clients, both individuals and corporations (the real kind), before state and federal trial and appellate courts. Lara is an integral part of the firm’s trial and appellate practice. She also found time to coach her daughter’s 2nd grade softball team to the silver bracket championship (this was in spite of the fact that she knew very little about the sport of softball), and to become a world renowned rules expert in the field of SBMSA baseball and youth soccer. Again, these are areas in which she had little or no background. As with all good appellate lawyers, her true talent lies in being a student of many subjects, and an expert in the ones that matter.