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Peter Hardin

Peter Hardin has fifteen years of experience prosecuting and defending criminal cases as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps, a Deputy District Attorney, a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, and a member of two of Southern California’s most prestigious boutique litigation law firms.

After graduating from The George Washington Law School, Mr. Hardin served as Judge Advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps for over five years, attaining the rank of Captain.  A combat veteran, Mr. Hardin served in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012 as a member of 1st Reconnaissance Battalion.  In garrison, he was lead counsel in courts martial and administrative separation hearings and ran the prosecution office for the largest command in the Marine Corps. 

Mr. Hardin tried cases in state and federal courts as a Deputy District Attorney at the Office of the District Attorney in Orange County, California and as a Special Assistant United States Attorney at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California in Los Angeles.

As a Deputy District Attorney, Mr. Hardin worked with and advised law enforcement officers from various Orange County municipalities, the California Highway Patrol, and toxicology experts. As a federal prosecutor, he advised law enforcement agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Secret Service; Department of State; Department of Homeland Security; Bureau of Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; and the Postal Inspection Service while prosecuting cases involving financial and government fraud, mail and wire fraud, drug trafficking, firearms offenses, and violent crimes.

During law school, Mr. Hardin served as a Summer Clerk to the Honorable Judge James E. Baker, former Chief Judge to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Mr. Hardin received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

After departing public service, Mr. Hardin worked at two of the nation’s premier boutique litigation law firms. He has represented defendants, targets, and witnesses in federal and state criminal and civil investigations and prosecutions conducted by the Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Protection Financial Bureau, federal and California Environmental Protection Agency, and municipal police departments. He conducts internal investigations of and represents companies and corporate officers; conducts in-depth research for and drafts and litigates motions and pleadings; and prepares presentations for clients and federal and state prosecutors and investigators. Mr. Hardin has experience working with experts in toxicology, DNA, financial accounting, emotional and physical trauma, computer information extraction, and prison efficacy in preparation for trial and mitigation at sentencing.

Mr. Hardin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his Juris Doctorate from The George Washington University. During law school, Mr. Hardin attended Officer Candidate School at Marine Corps Base Quantico, in Virginia, and served as a summer law clerk to the Honorable Judge James E. Baker, former chief judge to the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington, DC.

A native of New York City, Mr. Hardin chose to make Orange County home after his honorable discharge from the Marine Corps. He is devoted to his community and dedicates time to serve veterans, civic, and community organizations and student extracurricular activities. Mr. Hardin is passionate about criminal and social justice issues and is dedicated to fighting for and preserving his clients’ rights and freedom.

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