Mr. Hardy’s current practice focuses on firearm-related legal issues, including representing shooting ranges, firearm distribuors and retailers, and individuals. He also carries on an active general practice. Mr. Hardy practices law from his Tucson, Arizona office.
Previously, Mr. Hardy worked for the Office of the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) in Washington, D.C. During his 10 years with that agency, Mr. Hardy mainly represented the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), though he was occasionally detailed to other federal agencies. He served as Chief Legal Advisor to FWS Law Enforcement Division and represented FWS in a variety of federal environmental lawsuits. He attended the Solicitor General’s training sessions on Supreme Court advocacy and was detailed as an Instructor for the Justice Department’s seminars on courtroom advocacy. In 10 years of constant federal litigation, he won all but two cases. Prior to his work for the federal government, Mr. Hardy was Assistant General Counsel for the National Rifle Association of America and worked extensively on the federal Firearms Owner Protection Act. Mr. Hardy has testified numerous times before Senate and House Committees and Subcommittees. In the years before he developed his firearm-related practice, Mr. Hardy conducted general civil and appellate work in Tucson as a partner at Sando & Hardy and as an associate at Browning & Wilson.
Mr. Hardy graduated cum laude from the University of Arizona in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He was graduation speaker for his class. Mr. Hardy then graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arizona Law School. While in school, he was Associate Editor at the Arizona Law Review and was a member of the first-place moot court team, as well as the winner of the American College of Trial Lawyers Jury Trial Competition.
Hardy has five books and thirteen law review articles in print; one of the articles has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and eleven of the thirteen U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals. You can learn more about Hardy by visiting his blog at armsandthelaw.com.
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