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James Byron Hardin

also known as James Hardin

About me


James Hardin is an experienced attorney who founded Hardin & Associates, an elite law firm, to fight for the rights of employees. James is also the author of "California Trade Secret Litigation", a highly-regarded practice guide on the increasingly hot topic of trade secret litigation.


Mr. Hardin focuses his practice on representing employees in employment-related disputes regarding almost every imaginable issue, including cases or issues involving wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, wage and hour violations, medical leaves, employee benefits, privacy, class actions, and trade secrets.


Mr. Hardin graduated from UCLA Law School in 1999. He started his career at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, was a shareholder at Call, Jensen & Ferrell for four years, and worked at one of the nation’s top plaintiffs’ firms, Robinson, Calcagnie & Robinson, before joining Newport Trial Group.


To learn more about the practice guide on Trade Secret Litigation in California, click here:


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Practice areas


  1. Employment & Labor: 65%
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  2. Class Action: 25%
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  3. Intellectual Property: 10%
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    I have had the pleasure of working both with and against Mr. Hardin. He is a conscientious, ethical, and hardworking attorney who gets to the bottom of the issue. An effective lawyer.


    Stephan Andranian Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

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    I whole-heartedly endorse this lawyer. James is incredibly bright and brings innovative, clever, and effective solutions to problems. He is enthusiastic in representing his clients. I've been very impressed to see James at work. I give him my highest recommendation.


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Contact info

Hardin & Associates

4100 Newport Place, Suite 800
Newport Beach, CA, 92660


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2013
Multi-Million Dollar AdvocateMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2013
Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine2012
Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine2011
Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine2010
Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine2009
Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine2008
Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerHardin & Associates2015 - Present
Managing PartnerNewport Trial Group2010 - 2015
AttorneyCall & Jensen2002 - 2009
AssociateDewitt & Roberts2000 - 2002
AssociatePaul Hastings Janofksy & Walker, LLP1999 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Orange County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Orange County Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Practice GuideCalifornia Trade Secret Litigation2015
Portfolio Media (Law360)Surveys Can Boost Trademark Surveys2014
Corporate DisputesCustomer Lists: When Do They Become Trade Secrets?2014
Los Angeles Daily JournalInternal Affairs: An Elusive Doctrine2013
California Lawyer MagazineCA's Business Judgment Rule is No Defense to Corporate Officers2013
Los Angeles Daily JournalUnravel the Confusion Over Hearsay in Trademark Litigation2013
Los Angeles Daily JournalTrademark Tacking Surprise2013
Los Angeles Daily JournalSome Promises are Enforceable, It Seems2013
Los Angeles Daily JournalTrade Secrets are Key in Customer List Cases2013
Portfolio Media (Law360)Pleading & Identifying Trade Secrets in California2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California - Santa BarbaraN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
University of California at Los Angeles School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Legalocity Radio ShowLegal Troubleshooting for Startups and Entrepreneurs2013