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Rusty Hardin & Associates
Partner/Attorney
Education
Bachelor'sWesleyan University
J.D.Southern Methodist University
Personal
BirthdayOctober 6, 1941
Place of birthDurham, North Carolina
Websites
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Rusty Hardin is an attorney based in Houston, Texas.[1]

Biography

Hardin was born on October 6, 1941 in Durham, North Carolina. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1965 and earned a law degree from Southern Methodist University in 1975. Hardin spent five years in the U.S. Army, where he spent 15 months in Vietnam and left with the rank of Captain. Hardin spent time as an assistant district attorney in Houston before opening his private practice in 1991. In 1996 he established his current practice, Rusty Hardin & Associates.[1]

Hardin has represented a number of high-profile individuals throughout the years of his practice, including athletes and celebrities. Some of this include:

  • NFL running back Adrian Peterson[2]
  • Former Major League Baseball Player Roger Clemens[3]
  • Former NFL quarterback Warren Moon[4]
  • Anna Nicole Smith[5]

Wallace Hall impeachment

See also: Wallace Hall impeachment trial

In 2013, Hardin was hired by the state of Texas to serve as legal counsel for the Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations. That committee is investigating the possibility of impeaching University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall.[6][7][5]

Cross-examination

Hall's lawyers asked for the right to cross-examine statements to the committee. However, members of the committee and Hardin rejected the request.[8] Hall's attorney said "Today, we heard the committee spend 10 minutes of platitude on transparency and spend two hours in secrecy. It’s important that the full story come out, not just the limited amount Mr. Hardin may decide is relevant."[9] When Governor of Texas James Ferguson was impeached in 1917, cross-examination was allowed. In 1975, Judge O.P. Carrillo was impeached, and his case had cross-examination on a limited scope.[10][11]

Subpoena of Hall

With University of Texas Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and University of Texas, Austin President Bill Powers already subpoenaed to appear at the December 18-19 meetings, Hall's lawyer Allan Van Fleet requested that the committee respond regarding whether it would also subpoena Hall. He said that Hall's lawyers have told him not to appear before the committee without a subpoena. On December 5, 2013, Van Fleet sent a letter to the committee requesting that the co-chairs announce whether Hall would indeed be subpoenaed. Van Fleet's request asked for an answer by the end of the day. In response, committee attorney Hardin said "We're not going to adhere to his deadline. He doesn't get to pick the time and place." Van Fleet pointed out that providing two weeks' notice for testimony is the standard to allow individuals to prepare testimony. He added that the letter has "caused confusion about the committee's intentions."[12]

Costs

In January 2014, it was reported that Hardin had already billed the state of Texas more than $200,000 for work on the case. The bills to that point had not included work in November and December. Some of the included expenses, as reported by the Dallas Morning News included:[13]

  • $500 for a meeting at an upscale restaurant in Austin, Texas with a "witness" and "chief of staff."[14]
  • $800 per person for two nights at the Austin, Texas Downtown Hampton hotel. Five people total for a cost of $4,000[13]

According to a report from Watchdog, Hardin's firm reportedly was late in filing invoices to the state. The firm's contract with the state for the case required monthly invoices. However, according to a February 27, 2014 news report, no invoice had been filed since December 6, 2013. Terms of the contract stipulate: "Each month, the Attorneys shall submit to the Speaker for review and approval an itemized statement of all work performed under this contract during the preceding month..."[15]

Favoritism and impeachment reports

A report commissioned by the University of Texas concerning allegations of admissions favoritism was expected to be released in early April 2014. According to Watchdog.org, the report will show that "applicants who had a lawmaker intervene on their behalf with top university officials were far more likely to gain admission than an applicant without those connections."[16]

The legislative committee pursuing the impeachment of Wallace Hall was also expected to release its report, which was prepared by Hardin, in early April. Citing unnamed "sources familiar with the matter," Watchdog.org reported that the committee's leaders intend to use their report to counter the potential impact of the admissions favoritism report.[16]

Impeachment hearings committee report

On April 7, 2014, the San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle viewed an advance copy of Hardin's 176-page report. The newspapers reported that the document was previously made available to committee members on April 4, 2014. The report alleges that Hall broke state and federal law. As of April 8, 2014, the report was not yet made public. Hall's lawyers said he would not comment on the report until he had seen it. According to the newspaper summary, the report alleges that Hall attempted to coerce UT administrators prior to their testimony.[17][18] The report refers to Hall's "burdensome" requests for records as one of the critiques laid out against the regent.[19]

The Texas Tribune, which also received a copy of the report, wrote that "ironically a substantial number of the actions that the Hardin report highlights as potentially triggering impeachment occurred in part or entirely because of the committee’s investigation." The report listed four items as a sufficient basis for articles of impeachment. The report does not make any explicit recommendation to the committee.[20]

Personal

Hardin is married to Tissy. They have two sons.[1]

See also

Recent news


Hardin talks with Rick Goldberg of the Litigation News Network on September 9, 2010.
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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Rusty Hardin and Associates "About Rusty Hardin," Accessed November 21, 2013
  2. ESPN "Adrian Peterson hires Rusty Hardin," July 9, 2012
  3. Wall Street Journal "Clemens Lawyer Finds Right Pitch in Latest Acquittal," June 19, 2012
  4. New York Times "In New Task, Tapping Into a Lifetime in Court," August 24, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 Alcalde "Rusty Hardin Hired for Regent Impeachment Proceedings," August 23, 2013
  6. My San Antonio "Pitts denounces UT regent’s document requests," October 22, 2013
  7. Houston Chronicle "Impeachment committee hires Rusty Hardin," August 23, 2013
  8. Austin American Statesman "Wallace Hall impeachment investigation heats up," September 25, 2013
  9. Daily Texan Online "Cross-examination not allowed in UT System Regent Wallace Hall investigation," September 17, 2013
  10. Alcalde "Transparency Committee Sets Agenda for Regent Investigation," September 16, 2013
  11. Texas Tribune "How Will UT Regent Impeachment Probe Play Out?," September 25, 2013
  12. Texas Tribune "Ahead of Hearings, UT Regent Hall Requests Subpoena," December 5, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 Dallas Morning News "Bills for UT regent investigation topping $200,000," January 10, 2014
  14. The Republic "Report: Legal costs for investigation of embattled UT regent Wallace Hall topping $200K," January 12, 2014
  15. Watchdog "Attorney in UT case hides six-figure charges despite terms of contract," February 27, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 Watchdog.org "Reports on UT favoritism, impeachment expected soon," April 4, 2014
  17. Houston Chronicle "Report: UT regent abused office, may have violated law," April 7, 2014
  18. Dallas Morning News "UT regent Wallace Hall possibly committed impeachable offenses, investigation report show," April 7, 2014
  19. Austin American Statesman "Report for House panel finds grounds to impeach UT Regent Wallace L. Hall Jr.," April 7, 2014
  20. Texas Tribune "Report Cites Possible Grounds for Hall's Impeachment," April 8, 2014