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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.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Federal Crime: 34%
    6 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 33%
    11 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 33%
    11 years



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  • Melissa Wilson

    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.


    Melissa Wilson Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Mustafa Mohammed Ameen

    David is an extremely knowledgeable and skilled attorney. I have worked with and against him on criminal cases. I strongly endorse him.


    Mustafa Ameen DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

The Hardy Law Firm, P.A.

1710 N. 19th Street
Suite 215
Tampa, FL, 33605


FLMember in Good Standing200306/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2015
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
Nationally Board Certified - Criminal Trial LawNational Board of Trial Advocacy2014
Florida Board Certified - Criminal Trial LawFlorida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education2010
Paul McLaughlin FellowshipSuffolk University Law School1998
Jurisprudence Award in TortsSuffolk University Law School1997
Best Oral Advocate AwardSuffolk University Law School1997
Stanley Kava AwardSuffolk University Law School1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyThe Hardy Law Firm, P.A.2010 - Present
Adjunct Professor of Constitutional Law and Criminal EvidenceHillsborough Community College2008 - Present
Assistant State AttorneyThe Office of the State Attorney, Tampa2005 - 2010
Associate AttorneyBowerman and Taylor Guertin2003 - 2004
Municipal Government and Rule of Law VolunteerUnited States Peace Corps2000 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Board of Trial AdvocacyNational Criminal Trial Board Certification Examination Writer2015 - Present
National Board of Trial AdvocacyNational Board Certified Criminal Trial Specialist2014 - Present
Criminal Justice Institute - Hillsborough Community CollegePresenter / Faculty2014 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2013 - Present
Florida Bar, Criminal Law SectionMember2012 - Present
Florida Bar, Criminal Trial Law Board CertificationBoard Certified in Criminal Trial Law2010 - Present
Federal Criminal Justice Act Panel Member - Middle District of FloridaPanel Member2010 - Present
Stetson University Law SchoolMock Trial Presiding Judge2006 - Present
Florida BarMember2003 - Present
Rhode Island Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Rhode Island State BarMember2002 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
United States v. Bautista-Villanueva , 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 120977 (M.D. Fla. Oct. 19, 2011)Motion to Suppress Confession Granted
Daniel Sawyer v. United States of America, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 144591 (M.D. Fla. December 15, 2011)Motion to Vacate, Set Aside, or Correct Sentence by a Person in Federal Custody granted
United States v. Jose Primitivo Nunez Sandoval, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 22253 (11th Cir. 2014)Sentence Affirmed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Criminal Justice TodayUnited States Supreme Court Strikes Down the Florida Death Penalty2016
Criminal Justice TodayThe Nuts and Bolts of Hearsay2016
Criminal Justice TodayBe Careful What You Say In Public - The FBI May Be Listening2015
Criminal Justice TodayStanding Your Ground in Florida2015
Criminal Justice TodayYou Have the Right to Remain Silent2015
Criminal Justice TodayPolice Interrogations - The Law of Confessions in Florida2014
Criminal Justice TodaySearching Cell Phones Without a Warrant2014
Criminal Justice TodayThe FBI Gambles with the Fourth Amendment in Vegas2014
Criminal Justice TodayUnited States Supreme Court to Decide Tampa Case2014
Peace Corps Training GuideTraining Guide - Honduran Legal Reforms2002
Corporacion Municipal de MoroceliRules and Regulations for Local Municipal Government2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Suffolk University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Boston CollegeEducationM.Ed1992
Providence CollegePsychology / BusinessBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Criminal Justice Institute Conference on Law Enforcement Case PreparationEffective Trial Testimony Strategies for Law Enforcement Officers2014
Foreign Visiting Students' ProgramThe Patriot Act2005
Moroceli Municipal Government and Law TrainingMunicipal Law and Government2002
Honduran Legal Reform TrainingRule of Law2002