Rusty Hardin

Russell "Rusty" Hardin, Jr. (born October 6, 1941) is an American attorney[1][2] and head of the Houston law firm Rusty Hardin & Associates, P.C. which he established in 1996.

Rusty Hardin
Russell Hardin Jr.

(1941-10-06) October 6, 1941 (age 80)

Early lifeEdit

Hardin attended a private military academy in Chattanooga, Tennessee called Baylor School (now a coed, independent day and boarding school). He graduated in 1960 and was influenced by one of his teachers at Baylor, Stan Lewis, to attend Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Hardin is a 1965 graduate of Wesleyan and went on to earn his J.D. degree in 1975 at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas.


During the Enron scandal, Hardin represented the accounting firm of Arthur Andersen.[3] His efforts resulted in the US Supreme Court unanimously overturning the firm's conviction of obstruction of justice in 2005.

Hardin has represented and won favorable verdicts for athletes such as Rudy Tomjanovich,[4] Warren Moon,[5] Wade Boggs,[6] Rafer Alston,[7] Scottie Pippen,[8] Steve Francis,[9] and Calvin Murphy.[10] Another former client is Roger Clemens,[1] who had been embroiled in accusations of having perjured himself before Congress over alleged steroid use. Clemens was acquitted on June 18, 2012, on all charges that he obstructed justice and lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs as a Major League Baseball pitcher.[11] Other clients include Michael Bennett[12] of the New England Patriots; Deshaun Watson formerly of the Houston Texans and currently of the Cleveland Browns; Adrian Peterson, accused of child abuse;[13] and NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, who was accused of domestic abuse against his former girlfriend.[14][15]

Hardin successfully represented Victoria Osteen, wife of TV evangelist and bestselling author Joel Osteen, in a civil lawsuit filed by a Continental Airlines flight attendant. The flight attendant claimed that she had been pushed by Osteen, and sought civil damages, but a Houston, TX jury acquitted her in 2008.[16] Hardin also won a favorable verdict for his client the estate of Texas millionaire J. Howard Marshall. A jury found that the estate owed nothing to Marshall's widow, former Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith, who married Marshall when he was 89 years old.[1]

Hardin represented the family of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who died on July 1, 2019.[17]


  1. ^ a b c Munson, Lester (July 4, 2011). "Clemens' attorney one of the best". Archived from the original on March 20, 2020. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  2. ^ "Find a Lawyer: Mr. Russell 'Rusty' Hardin Jr". State Bar of Texas. Archived from the original on March 20, 2020. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  3. ^ Barrionuevo, Alexei (June 17, 2002). "Hardin Loses Andersen Case But Wins Fans Among Jurors". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved March 20, 2020.
  4. ^ Makeig, John (July 16, 1994). "Rudy T's DWI case is dropped". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  5. ^ Nichols, Bruce (February 23, 1996). "Football Star Acquitted of Spouse-Abuse Charge". Washington Post. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  6. ^ Flynn, George (November 5, 1997). "Flight attendant strikes out in suit against baseball's Boggs". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  7. ^ Rogers, Brian (October 24, 2008). "Rockets guard Alston found not guilty of DWI". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  8. ^ Thompson, Jack (May 15, 1999). "Pippen's DWI Charges Dropped". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  9. ^ Rogers, Brian (August 11, 2017). "Former NBA star Steve Francis star pleads guilty to DWI in Houston court". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  10. ^ Tilghman, Andrew (December 6, 2004). "Calvin Murphy found not guilty". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  11. ^ "Roger Clemens found not guilty". June 18, 2012. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  12. ^ Barron, David (April 3, 2019). "Charges against Michael Bennett dropped because of insufficient evidence". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  13. ^ Whitmer, Michael (September 12, 2014). "Adrian Peterson booked and released from jail". Boston Globe. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  14. ^ Gluck, Jeff (November 7, 2014). "Kurt Busch smashed ex-girlfriend's head into wall". USA Today. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  15. ^ Offredo, Jon; Gluck, Jeff; James, Brant (March 5, 2015). "Kurt Busch will not face charges in domestic abuse case". USA Today. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  16. ^ Sunseri, Gina (August 7, 2008). "Lawyer: Victoria Osteen is Victim of 'Extortion'". Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  17. ^ Newby, John (August 31, 2019). "Tyler Skaggs's Family Hires Famed Attorney Rusty Hardin in Wake of Death". Retrieved March 17, 2020.

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