ATTORNEY & COUNSELOR AT LAW
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 the nation’s most prestigious boutique litigation law firms. The breadth and depth of Mr. Hardin’s experience provides him insight into prosecutors’ and investigators’ goals and strategies, an understanding he leverages in fighting for his clients’ rights and freedom.
Mr. Hardin represents individuals and businesses under investigation, as well as companies conducting internal investigations. His areas of practice include antitrust, computer and intellectual property/piracy offenses, embezzlement, environmental crimes and compliance, export/import violations, False Claims Act violations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations, healthcare fraud, money laundering, Bank Secrecy Act violations, mortgage fraud, financial institution fraud, narcotics and firearms offenses, privacy and cybersecurity issues, procurement fraud, securities and commodities fraud, and tax violations.
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.
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.
In addition to my role as the lead partner in Adkisson Pitet’s white-collar criminal defense and government investigations practice, I am proud to partner with Baird Mandalas Brockstedt Federico & Cardea LLC, one of only two firms nationwide entrusted by the VFW, Naval Enlisted Reserve Association, and the Reserve Organization of America to assist veterans and their families impacted by toxic water exposure at Camp Lejeune. As a Marine Corps combat veteran, it is important to me that my brother and sister veterans get accurate and timely information and fair value in their pursuit of justice. The VFW, Naval Enlisted Reserve Association, and the Reserve Organization of America entrusted us because of our expertise in the field of water contamination, our focus on meeting impacted individuals in person and developing personal relationships, and because we offer the most favorable attorney fee arrangement for our clients. I have become friends with my clients and their families and am honored to guide them through this process. Fighting for justice on behalf of the men and women who put their lives on the line for our country is a privilege. This work is an incredibly rewarding addition to my role as the lead partner in Adkisson Pitet’s white-collar criminal defense and government investigations practice.
For more information on the Camp Lejeune Justice Act go to www.veteransofcamplejeune.com.
Raised in New York City, Mr. Hardin chose to make Orange County home after his honorable discharge from the Marine Corps in 2013. He is devoted to his community and dedicates time serving veterans, civic, and community organizations and student extracurricular activities.
over 15 years of experience