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David Christopher Hardy

Federal crime Attorney at Tampa, FL

5.0   32 reviews
  • State Years
    Florida - FL 20 years
    Rhode Island - RI 21 years
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2003
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State RI
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    30%
    Attorney David Hardy practices in the area of DUI Defense. As a state prosecutor and defense attorney, he has hundreds of DUI cases. In 2010, The Florida Bar designated Attorney Hardy a Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law. In 2014, The National Board of Trial Advocacy awarded Attorney Hardy National Board Certification in Criminal Trial Law. In 2015, he was selected for membership into The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys.

  2. Federal crime
    30%
    Attorney David C. Hardy practices in the area of Federal Criminal Defense. In the Federal Courts, he has handled a wide variety of cases including international extradition, drug trafficking, bank fraud, racketeering, immigration offenses, identity theft, and firearms offenses. Attorney Hardy has represented clients in Federal Trial and Appellate Courts in Florida, Texas, and Georgia. In 2010, The Florida Bar designated Attorney Hardy a Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law.

  3. Criminal defense
    25%
    Attorney David Hardy practices in the area of Florida State Criminal Defense. He has handled Florida state cases ranging from misdemeanors to first degree felonies. In 2010, The Florida Bar designated Attorney Hardy a Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law. In 2014, The National Board of Trial Advocacy awarded Attorney Hardy National Board Certification in Criminal Trial Law. In 2015, he was selected for membership into The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys.

  4. Domestic violence
    10%
    Are you looking for the best lawyer for a Domestic Battery Violence charge in Florida? Contact Attorney David C. Hardy for a free consultation today!

  5. White collar crime
    5%
    With So Much At Stake, You Need An Expert! Former Prosecutor. FREE Consultations

Attorney David C. Hardy is an Expert in Criminal Trial Law. In 2010, The Florida Bar designated Attorney Hardy a Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law. In 2014, The National Board of Trial Advocacy awarded Attorney Hardy National Board Certification in Criminal Trial Law. Of the approximately 98,000 Florida attorneys, there are fewer than 20 criminal defense attorneys that are both Florida Board Certified and Nationally Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law. In 2015, Attorney Hardy was selected for membership into The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers. According to The National Trial Lawyers organization, membership into the Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers is extended to those attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications and leadership in their respective State. The attorney rating service Martindale-Hubbell has rated Attorney Hardy AV-Preeminent. According to Martindale Hubbell, the AV Rating is a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence. For more than five years, Attorney Hardy served as an Assistant State Attorney in Tampa, Florida. As a prosecutor, he handled thousands of criminal cases, ranging from DUI to first-degree felonies. In 2010 he established The Hardy Law Firm, P.A. where he uses all he learned as a prosecutor to defend his clients’ rights. In addition to his law practice, Attorney Hardy is a law professor. He teaches United States Constitutional Law and Criminal Evidence at Hillsborough Community College.

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Location

The Hardy Law Firm, P.A.
1710 N. 19th Street
Suite 215
Tampa, FL, 33605

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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Ryan | October 1, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer!
Very good communication throughout the process and was happy with the result of my case. Would highly recommend!
Posted by Al | February 15, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great attorney, well prepared.
After consultation with Mr. Hardy, we decided to hire him for our case. The matter was resolved efficiently with the best outcome possible. I cannot stress enough how prepared and knowledgeable Mr. Hardy is, and how comfortable he made us feel in the process. If you need assistance on a case he is your man.
Posted by Nicole mendoza | January 24, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excelente
Muy buen abogado, muy profesional ,con mucha ética ,siempre estuvo atento a mi caso llamándome para informarme ,servicial y estoy muy agradecida con su trabajo. Lo recomiendo
Posted by Roberto Carmona | October 18, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Best attorney in Tampa
Mr David Hardy after reviewing my case and discovery from the state was very eager to try my case. It was a long process but 2 weeks before a schedule trial he did an amazing stand your ground motion and 5 days before trial start we came out with a victory. Mr. Hardy and staff were amazing to work with. I will definitely use him again and I’ll be referring him to everyone I know including you that are reading this review. 10 stars lawyer. Contact him ASAP. He will work hard for you I had received emails and text on weekends, nights , and holidays to find out he was doing researches on my case . That’s the difference between a good lawyer and a excellent lawyer. Thank you Mr Hardy only you know how important was winning this case to me . I will always appreciate all your help.
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Posted by Carlos | September 4, 2019
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El mejor abogado
Un excelente abogado lo recomiendo 100% el mejor me atendió en mi caso y gracias a él y su tiempo y dedicación hoy estoy sin problemas el mejor mil gracias seńor David ...
Posted by Denise | June 9, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Attorney, highly recommended!
Mr. Hardy is a hard working and very professional attorney! He went above and beyond and was always willing to listen and review important details and facts. I would recommend him to anyone looking for an attorney!
Posted by Trent | June 2, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Thoroughly Prepared
David was thoroughly prepared to manage my case. I was impressed with how well he understood the intricacies of the law in this area.
Posted by anonymous | May 13, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Good lawyer
David Hardy is a knowledgeable and fully prepared lawyer, attaching the Professionalism, reliable and attention dedicated to all his clients .Having your experience is a pleasure, so I recommend it for anyone who needs help from a good professional.
Posted by Fadzai | February 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My first lawyer ended up being the BEST lawyer!
When I experienced my legal battle, it was my first ever run-in with the law and I was terrified. I panicked and felt like that was the end of it. On top of all my stress, I was receiving non-stop calls/emails/post letters from lawyers all over that wanted to hear my case and help me out so I decided to hear them all out but for some reason nobody really felt “right”. I’ve never had a lawyer before but I knew what NOT to look for. Then one day I had a conversation with Mr. Dave Hardy and I felt all of my previous anxiety lift off my shoulders. One thing that Mr. Hardy did for me that a lot of lawyers were not doing is keeping it real and honest with me. I did not need someone who was going to tell me that they’ll make my case disappear if I pay a specific amount of money. I needed someone that was going to explain what could possibly happen if it doesn’t go my way, I needed a lawyer who can break down the legal process step by step, I needed a lawyer who would take the time to get to know me and my values, and I also needed a lawyer who was willing to work with my financial situation. I found all those characteristics in Dave and I was grateful. Did we win the case? YES of course we won the case. Would I still consider Dave an amazing lawyer if I didn’t win the case? Of course I would. For me, this win and his work to get my case dropped was such a pleasant feeling but I admire the journey that he took to get us there. His attention to detail was the key in this case which is why it’s important to find a representative that invests time into your case. I would recommend Dave and the Hardy Law Firm without a doubt. I do not intend on being in any more legal battles but if it were to come to that, Dave is the only lawyer I would go to in the Tampa Bay Area!
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Posted by Nadia | February 8, 2019
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This is your guy!
Hardy is a fantastic attorney. He gets straight to the point and explains the steps along the way. He never seems phased by having to answer numerous questions so I can understand the process and why certain things are necessary. He’s very fair and works hard on his case. He goes above and beyond to give updates so you’re never left wondering where the progress is. In such a stressful time, he really makes it easier. If I ever need an attorney again, I would go to Hardy in a heartbeat.
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Posted by Marcus | December 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
David has taken care of many things for me in a long process for me. Very prompt in returning my messages and or phone calls.
Posted by Michael | October 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Representation!
Needing a defense attorney is seldom a positive thing, but Attorney Hardy made the entire experience as seamless and positive as I could possibly imagine. He was patient and measured, listened to my concerns and gave me excellent advice. Most importantly, he clearly had my best interests in mind and I trusted the direction he provided. Strongly recommend him.
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Posted by Daniel | July 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Domestic Violence Case
I,m very satisfied by Dr. Hardy performance, he did the correct things in each steps of the process. Thank you Dr. Hardy.
Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My Attorney
David and I first chatted the end of June 2017, I had a DWI and we settled on fees and best approach. Well 9 months later I am thru my ordeal with much less pain than I expected. David was honest, friendly and most importantly reliable, any time I had questions he returned my calls and had the answers. As I found out, after speaking to other people with the same problems, David's fees were very reasonable. I highly recommend David.
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Posted by anonymous | December 6, 2017
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Surgical Stress Reliever
After 40+years of driving unblemished, it took a dumb mistake to wipe the slate clean. When you are in this type of situation your mind will go into a tail spin. There was no way that I could logically comprehend all that was about to hit me, this is why I referred it all to a surgeon. Mr Hardy, and his firm looked at my case and automatically took charge. Mr. Hardy ensured me that he would have my best interest in hand while handling my case. Being skeptical I learned very quickly he was doing just that. My sleepless nights became a lot calmer, and my respiratory system began to work more efficiently, until now I believe that I am regaining my stature. I can't say enough about Mr. Hardy other than, when you pay for something you want the best it has to offer, and he has done just that for me. Thus the reason I call him a "Surgical Stress Reliever".
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Posted by Jonathan Jimenez | October 20, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
I highly recommend David Hardy very friendly, if your looking for someone that puts the effort to your case I would highly recommend you Mr. Hard. He would also answer my concerns my questions he would clearly explain to me everything. He helped me a lot at my case he worked hard so that I could come back home with my family to me the excellent lawyer. Thanks so much Mr. Hardy
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Posted by Johan | August 31, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer!
I would highly recommend Attorney David Hardy to anyone. The first time I met with him he made me feel welcomed and like family. He never once judged me as a person and kept me well informed every step of the way. I would like to thank Mr. Hardy for his support throughout my case. He not only cared about the outcome of my case but also my family! There are no words to describe this lawyer but truly the Best! Thank you again for all your hard work and dedication to my case.
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Posted by Erika Sanchez | July 10, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Need a lawyer who cares and follows up with you? David Hardy is the one you need by your side.
I had such a wonderful experience with my lawyer David Hardy. Upon being charged with my felony, I consulted with multiple lawyers ranging from the west coast to the east coast. I eventually found Mr.Hardy and contacted him. Once we spoke about my case I knew he was the lawyer to represent me. He's a man of a integrity and professionalism. He was very thorough in terms of letting me know what the possible outcomes could be and what options I have. He reached out to me consistently to follow up on certain issues. No matter how small the concern was, he didn't hesitate to answer any of my questions regarding my case. He is, undoubtedly, the best lawyer in the east coast. It's been a pleasure to have had you by my side to represent me in this lengthy trial. Muchas gracias por todo, abogado.
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Posted by Grete R | February 24, 2017
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Outstanding Service with Excellent Results
A few months ago, I was charged with a misdemeanor and a felony. As a result I was arrested. I did not have any prior records and never had trouble with the law, which is why from the day the state filed charges against me I have been terrified and distraught. However, from the moment I met Mr. Hardy, I knew he would fight for me and prove that I was innocent. During my first meeting, David paid attention to all the details and explained me the entire process as well as all possible outcomes from my case. Mr. Hardy communicated with me through every step in my case. He always made himself available for questions and concerns. Additionally, David was very generous in working out a contract and payment terms. Mr. Hardy is knowledgeable, experienced, organized, and extremely professional. My confidence in him allowed me to rest assured while he worked on my case, which enabled me to focus on my job and family. Within four months he was successful in getting my case dismissed. I will forever be grateful to him. A very caring professional - I would highly recommend him!
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Posted by John | March 17, 2016
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Recent DUI
I am very please with the result from my attorney David Hardy. I was stopped for a DUI and also a refusal of the breath test. David worked very hard and got my sentence reduced to reckless driving. I would recommend David Hardy to anyone who is currently facing any type of driving impaired charges.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Hardy Law Firm, P.A.
  • 2010 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor of Constitutional Law and Criminal Evidence
  • Hillsborough Community College
  • 2008 - 2018
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • The Office of the State Attorney, Tampa
  • 2005 - 2010
  • Associate Attorney
  • Bowerman and Taylor Guertin
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Municipal Government and Rule of Law Volunteer
  • United States Peace Corps
  • 2000 - 2002
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Education

  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Boston College
  • M.Ed
  • 1992
  • Providence College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Sample of Legal Cases

  • United States v. Emiliano Palma-Meza (2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 6512)
  • Affirmed
  • United States v. Lazaro Velazquez, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 929 (2017)
  • Trial Court Affirmed
  • United States v. Barona-Bravo, 685 Fed. Appx. 761 (2017)
  • Remand for resentencing
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Associations

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • National Criminal Trial Board Certification Examination Writer
  • 2015 - Present
  • Criminal Justice Institute - Hillsborough Community College
  • Presenter / Faculty
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • National Board Certified Criminal Trial Specialist
  • 2014 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Criminal Trial Law Board Certification
  • Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law
  • 2010 - Present
  • Federal Criminal Justice Act Panel Member - Middle District of Florida
  • Panel Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Stetson University Law School
  • Mock Trial Presiding Judge
  • 2006 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Rhode Island State Bar
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Nationally Board Certified - Criminal Trial Law
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • 2014
  • Florida Board Certified - Criminal Trial Law
  • Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
  • 2010
  • Paul McLaughlin Fellowship
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • 1998
  • Jurisprudence Award in Torts
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • 1997
  • Best Oral Advocate Award
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • 1997
  • Stanley Kava Award
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • 1997
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Publications

  • Peace Corps Training Guide
  • Training Guide - Honduran Legal Reforms
  • 2002
  • Corporacion Municipal de Moroceli
  • Rules and Regulations for Local Municipal Government
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • Criminal Justice Institute Conference on Law Enforcement Case Preparation
  • Effective Trial Testimony Strategies for Law Enforcement Officers
  • 2014
  • Foreign Visiting Students' Program
  • The Patriot Act
  • 2005
  • Moroceli Municipal Government and Law Training
  • Municipal Law and Government
  • 2002
  • Honduran Legal Reform Training
  • Rule of Law
  • 2002
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Attorney endorsements

Received (22)
Given (21)
Endorse David
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David Hardy is an experienced litigator and very knowledgeable on the law. His work ethic and skill, especially in Federal Court is unmatched. He truly cares about his clients and the outcome of their case. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David Hardy is the most thorough attorney I have ever met. He leaves no stone unturned. I highly recommend him for your criminal defense needs, especially in Federal Court, he is very experienced with the uniqueness of that system."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David is a knowledgeable and thorough lawyer. Having worked with him on several cases I know him to always be working to obtain the best result possible for his clients. Anyone who has him as their lawyer is in good hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. David and I were opposing counsel on many cases while we both worked in the government sector. He was always well prepared and genial."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is an extremely knowledgeable and skilled attorney. I have worked with and against him on criminal cases. I strongly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse David. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known David since he was a prosecutor, and have had many tough cases with him. David knows criminal law, works very hard, and cares about his clients. He is well respected by the judges in the Tampa Bay area. Above all, he is a gentleman. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known David for at least six years and have the utmost respect and admiration for him as colleague and friend. He’s professional, committed and compassionate. He has genuine concern for his clients and their legal matters. He’s completely dedicated and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is one of the most honorable people I know. He is a completely dedicated lawyer who is constantly thinking about his clients and their causes. He researches every possible tact to a criminal case, to see how to best put forth a defense against the government's case. He is extremely knowledgeable, cares about his clients and their causes, and is meticulous to important details. He is widely respected in the legal community. I am proud to endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"David Hardy is a great attorney. With his attention to detail and high regard for each client, I would recommend him to anyone I know. Having worked with him in his former career as a prosecutor, I would describe him as someone who strongly advocates for his position, but is extremely fair to deal with."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David Hardy is one of the hardest working man in the business. I prosecuted cases with Mr. Hardy for over a year. David applies the skills and techniques he learned as a prosecutor to defending clients accused of a crime. I find Mr. Hardy to be diligent, extremely knowledgeable of the law, and effective in the courtroom. He speaks Spanish too! I strongly endorse David Hardy."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When seeking a lawyer, the first question you should ask is "how experienced are you?" Attorney Hardy is highly experienced in criminal law. I first met Attorney Hardy at the State Attorney's Office where we both worked as prosecutors. As a prosecutor, he was both tenacious and relentless in his desire to seek justice, but he was always fair. As a criminal defense attorney, his clients can be certain that Attorney Hardy will listen closely to their concerns and will zealously advocate for their rights in court. It is Attorney Hardy's previous experience as a prosecutor which qualifies him to be a great defense attorney - he understands the criminal justice system, anticipates the questions the prosecutor will ask before even the prosecutor knows to ask them and he will use his skill and courtroom experience to work tirelessly to defend your rights."
Unknown Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the privilege of practicing with Attorney Hardy for several years. He is a consummate professional and a highly skilled litigation attorney with a solid history of courtroom experience. Because of his combined experience as a prosecutor and a defense attorney, he is uniquely positioned to provide advice to clients that may not be known to other attorneys who have not had the benefit of practicing on both sides."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Hardy is a highly effective Federal and State Court Criminal Defense attorney. Often, I reach out to Mr. Hardy when I have a legal issue and he always provides reasonable counsel. You can't go wrong hiring Mr. Hardy."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"During the 6 years I have known Dave I have found him to be one of the most knowledgeable and prepared attorneys around. He is always current on changes in the law and always thoroughly prepared when heading into court. Dave handles his client's cases with expert legal skill and great personal attention. I would highly recommend Dave for any criminal matters in the Tampa Bay area."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Dave since he was a prosecutor in Tampa. He has now been in private practice for several years. He is always prepared and professional in court. I have seen him litigate in court and it's obvious his arguments are well thought out and persausive. I strongly recommend Dave Hardy."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Other
"David and I attended law school together where I knew him to be an excellent and hard working individual. David excelled at criminal and tort law and I have no doubts as to both his legal abilities and unwavering advocacy of behalf of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Dave Hardy is one of the most ethical and professional lawyers I know. Mr. Hardy is a skilled trial attorney with great jury appeal. I highly recommend Mr. Hardy for anyone who is looking for an aggressive advocate."
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