Attorney David C. Hardy began his legal studies in 1996, attending Boston’s Suffolk University Law during the evenings as he taught public school during the day.
At the close of his first year of law school, Attorney Hardy was ranked 1st in his class out of 203 students. While at Suffolk, he won the Law School’s Best Oral Advocate Award, The Jurisprudence Award for the Study of Torts (which includes the study of personal injury law), and The Paul McLaughlin Memorial Prosecutor Fellowship. In 1999, he served as an intern with the United States Department of Justice. In 2000, he graduated Magna Cum Laude (with high honors) in the top four percent of his class.
From 2000 until 2002, Attorney Hardy served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, Central America. He trained hundreds of police officers and Justices of the Peace on legal reforms and assisted local governments draft new laws. During his service, Mr. Hardy earned the Peace Corps’ Oral Proficiency Fluency Rating of superior in Spanish language.
In 2003, Attorney Hardy accepted a position at a law firm that specialized in personal injury law. For just under a year he defended medical doctors and hospitals in medical malpractice, wrongful death, and slip and fall cases.
From 2005-2010, Attorney Hardy served as an Assistant State Attorney in Tampa where he handled thousands of cases, ranging from DUI to first degree felonies. He has tried 50 jury trials, 70 bench trials, and handled hundreds of motions and hearings. He is a graduate of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys’ Association’s DUI Course and the National District Attorneys’ Association’s Trial Practice Course.
In 2010, the Florida Bar designated Attorney Hardy as a Board Certified Expert in the area of Criminal Trial Law. Of the more than 86,000 Florida lawyers, less than ½ of 1% have earned the distinction Board Certification in Criminal Trial Law.
Attorney Hardy is admitted to practice in Florida, Rhode Island, The United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, and The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.