John MacVane is an experienced trial attorney who developed a passion for the courtroom early in his career. After graduating from Boston University School of Law, he worked as a Big Law trial associate, taking the lead in developing legal defenses, managing case discovery, deposing witnesses, and arguing dispositive motions. He also represented clients in civil trial proceedings, including preliminary injunctions and jury and bench trials.
From there, John served as an assistant federal public defender in the Southern District of Texas. There, he handled all aspects of criminal representation — from motion practice to jury trials — for hundreds of indigent clients. This experience has continued to serve him well at Rusty Hardin & Associates, where he continues to handle criminal cases. John’s criminal defense experience also allows him to anticipate and analyze the criminal implications in civil cases, which also make up a significant portion of his practice.Read More
John also has appellate experience at both the state and federal levels, arguing cases before the U.S. Fifth Circuit and Texas’ intermediate courts of appeals in Houston and Austin, as well as filing petitions in the Texas Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court. John clerked for current Texas Supreme Court Justice Brett Busby when Justice Busby was on the 14th Court of Appeals. A former resident of New Hampshire, he also clerked for that state’s Supreme Court Chief Justice Linda S. Dalianis before making the move to Texas.
John believes effective representation begins with understanding a client’s goals and objectives. As his clients’ proxy inside the courtroom, he’s a zealous advocate for his clients’ interests. He understands the level of trust placed in him and works hard to identify and implement winning strategies that will achieve the best possible results.
A Navy veteran, John served aboard the USS John C. Stennis from 2003 to 2008. He deployed twice and attained the rank of electrician’s mate, first class.