Justin Hardin focuses his
practice on the defense of lawsuits involving death, serious injury and
professional liability. He devotes a substantial portion of his trial
practice to defending real estate brokers and agents in professional liability
suits. As a licensed real estate agent with significant experience acting
both as a buyer’s and seller’s agent, Mr. Hardin is uniquely positioned
to defend real estate professionals. He frequently counsels real estate
agents during transactions, as well.
Mr. Hardin also defends
physicians, medical schools, nurses, hospitals, nursing homes and other health
care providers in medical negligence and health care lawsuits. He has
further defended Fortune
500 companies, individuals and political
subdivisions in lawsuits ranging from product liability, wrongful death,
premises liability, defamation, toxic chemical exposure and motor vehicle
Mr. Hardin is admitted to the
bar in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas. He has successfully defended suits
in state and federal courts. He also has experience defending workers’
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
American Bar Association
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Defense Research Institute
St. Louis Association of REALTORS®
National Association of REALTORS®
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
Rising Stars - Civil Litigation: Defense, Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers
Favorable Jury Verdicts
Dealey v. CCE911, et al.
- Obtained summary judgment in
defamation and conspiracy to commit defamation claim made by the former
independent contractor for an emergency dispatching agency. Plaintiff
claimed that her contract to serve as an IT consultant for a dispatching agency
was wrongfully terminated and alleged she was defamed by a board member and the
executive director who allegedly claimed she took kickbacks from vendors and overbilled
the agency by thousands of dollars. Mr. Hardin first obtained summary
judgment on behalf of the dispatching agency on the basis of sovereign immunity
and then successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of the remaining
individual defendants based on official immunity.
Sharon Fischer v. Jansen, et al.
- Second chaired a jury trial in a medical malpractice case involving abdominal surgery. Plaintiff had elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy and suffered a bowel perforation. Plaintiff alleged the defendants should have performed the repair surgery a day earlier. Defendants argued the doctor acted appropriately. The plaintiff requested $450,000, and the jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendants.
Cockrell v. AAF McQuay Inc.
- Second chaired jury trial in Boone County, Missouri, involving rear-end collision representing defendant corporation. Plaintiff requested $125,000 from jury. Jury returned verdict in amount of $1,000, which was less than the offer of judgment filed by defendant early in the suit.
Zammit v. MSCHA, et al.
- Assisted in the successful representation of Mid-States Club Hockey Association obtaining defense verdict in a negligence claim alleging inadequate security and failure to prevent plaintiffs' injuries as a result of a fight after a high school hockey game.
Land/Ivory v. DMM Industries, et al.
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of paddle boat manufacturer in wrongful death and product liability claims of families of young men who drowned in lake at resort while using manufacturer's paddle boat.
Dorsey v. Northeast Ambulance & Fire Protection District, et al.
- Obtained dismissal with prejudice in wrongful death claim of decedent's wife against Ambulance & Fire Protection District where it was alleged that the ambulance responded to the wrong location in drowning emergency causing decedent's death.
Bethesda Foundation v. John Bender, Inc
. - Obtained summary judgment on behalf of defendant subcontractor on plaintiff's claim of negligence resulting from a fire causing property damage in excess of $8 million.
Griffin/Elder v. Rhino's Truck Accessories, et. al.
- Represented company that allegedly sold defective go-kart in wrongful death product liability suits. Families of two decedents filed wrongful death suits after their decedents were killed in a go-kart accident on the same date in which the go-kart was purchased. Families demanded more than $5 million and claimed aggravating circumstances. Obtained summary judgment on behalf of alleged seller prior to trial; judgment was affirmed on appeal.
Walpole vs. Cook
- Obtained unanimous defense verdict in a wrongful death case against a 911 operator. The decedent called 911 to report that a carpenter checking a bare wire in his attic had collapsed and was unresponsive. The 911 operator asked the decedent to see if the carpenter was breathing. The decedent allegedly touched the carpenter or a "hot" electrical wire and both the decedent and the carpenter were found dead because of electrocution. Plaintiffs claimed that the 911 operator should have advised the decedent to turn off the electricity in the house immediately and/or not to touch the decedent.