An Experienced Employment Attorney Fighting for the Rights of Employees in Los Angeles and Throughout Orange County

Attorney James Hardin is an experienced Los Angeles and Orange County employment lawyer and founder of the Hardin Law Group, an elite law firm that has developed a strong reputation for fighting for the rights of employees. After training as a business lawyer, James focused his practice on representing employees in all types of employment disputes, including cases involving wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, wage and hour violations, medical leaves, employee benefits, privacy violations, class action lawsuits, and trade secrets.

With over 25 years of litigation experience, the Hardin Law Group has recovered more than $120 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients. However, we have also handled countless cases where we were able to secure other types of relief for our clients, such as preventing an employer’s unlawful employment practices or getting our clients their jobs back after being wrongfully terminated.

James graduated from the prestigious UCLA School of Law in 1999. After graduating from law school, James worked at several of the nation’s top law firms, including Robinson, Calcagnie & Robinson, in addition to Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker and Call, Jensen & Ferrell, where he was a shareholder. These positions provided him with vast experience in both negotiating and litigating high-value cases.

Attorney Hardin is also a respected member of the California legal community and has developed a reputation as one of the top employment lawyers in Los Angeles and Orange County. James is also frequently asked to write articles and other pieces on other employment topics, both for lawyers and the general public. He also regularly presents on topics regarding litigation skills and tactics.


  • California Super Lawyers (2023-2024)
  • Best Law Firm and Best Lawyer (2018-2024)
  • America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigator (2017-2022)
  • Elite Lawyer (2023)
  • Top 100 Employment Attorney in California, National Advocates
  • Top 100 Lawyer, Distinguished Attorney Magazine
  • Top 100 Labor and Employment Lawyer, American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Top Attorneys, OC Metro Magazine

Notable Results

The Hardin Law Group has secured many multi-million-dollar verdicts on behalf of individual clients and classes of employees. Below are some of the most recent notable results we’ve been able to obtain:

  • $11,200,000 in a class action employment lawsuit
  • $10,000,000 in a breach of contract and fraud case
  • $10,000,000 in a case involving fraud and unfair competition
  • $8,750,000 in a class action lawsuit brought by a group of aggrieved employees
  • $8,000,000 in a shareholder/partnership dispute
  • $2,500,000 in a case where our client was wrongfully discriminated against
  • $2,150,000 in a class action employment lawsuit brought by employees
  • $2,000,000 in a case where our client was wrongfully terminated
  • $1,500,000 in a wrongful termination lawsuit
  • $900,000 under the Private Attorneys General Act
  • $585,000 in a case filed under the Private Attorneys General Act

Schedule a Free Consultation with an Experienced Los Angeles Employment Attorney

At the Hardin Law Group, we have a long history of standing up for the rights of employees in the face of unlawful employment practices. We’ve seen first-hand how the power dynamic between employers and employees can be used by some companies to trample the rights of hard-working men and women. Attorney Hardin founded the firm to advocate exclusively for workers’ rights, whether it be in class action wage and hour lawsuits, individual sexual harassment cases or defending employees from claims of misappropriation of trade secrets. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation today, call our Los Angeles employment lawyer at 310-606-2122. You can also connect with our Orange County employment attorney by calling 949-337-4810. Calling is free, and we will not accept payment for our services unless we can recover compensation on your behalf.

Bar Associations

  • California State Bar


  • UCLA School of Law - J.D. - 1999
  • University of California Santa Barbara - B.S.

See What Our Clients Are Saying

I worked with James Hardin on a case against a former employer. He listened to my complaints, outlined the potential case, and went right to work contacting them and...

Kandice L. Manhattan

My family had an employment law issue and needed some assistance and advice. We did not engage the firm to represent us, just help us out and see if it needed to go that...

Matt H. Manhattan

James is an incredibly intelligent and hardworking attorney. After presenting him with a difficult case, I am more than satisfied at the settlement that was reached. He...

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