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Julie A. Hardin

Julie A. Hardin



  • University of Texas School of Law, 1999, J.D., honors
  • Texas Christian University, 1995, B.S., magna cum laude, Political Science & Philosophy

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Texas

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Texas

Julie is a founding partner of Reed Smith’s Houston office and also serves on the firm's Executive Committee. Julie’s national practice focuses on the energy and life science sectors, for which she leads a broad spectrum of high-risk disputes, ranging from complex commercial litigation to significant product liability matters. Julie’s experience includes serving as lead counsel to exploration and production companies, oilfield service providers, and oilfield product manufacturers, as well as global medical device and pharmaceutical companies.

Julie's litigation practice takes her to courtrooms from coast-to-coast. She is relied on to lead complex matters and has tried multiple cases. She also has led successful appeals to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and Texas appellate courts. Julie has earned the trust of her clients and their senior management due to her extensive experience preparing company executives to give testimony, developing and cross-examining expert witnesses, and deposing and defending key witnesses.

Julie understands that a client's business should not be driven by its litigation. Her commitment to early risk analysis leads to cost-effective dispute resolution — inside or outside the courtroom. When avoiding trial is her client's priority, Julie is called upon to design and negotiate innovative strategies to resolve disputes and allow her clients to maximize their business objectives.

Beyond the courtroom, Julie acts as lead counsel assisting clients in evaluating the litigation risks associated with proposed acquisitions or product offerings. She relies on her vast experience litigating high-profile matters to assess and value potential litigation and regulatory exposure.

In addition to her legal practice, Julie is committed to empowering women in the Houston community. Julie serves on the Board of Directors for Girls Inc. of Greater Houston and the Women's Resource of Greater Houston, and on the Advisory Board for Dress for Success Houston. Julie is a graduate of Leadership Houston and is included in the Circle of Leaders for the Center for Women in Law. Julie is also a proud Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.

Employment History

  • 2013 – Reed Smith
  • 2000 – Fulbright & Jaworski LLP
  • Texas Supreme Court – Briefing attorney for Justice Deborah Hankinson

Honors & Awards

  • Selected to Texas Executive Women's 2015 Class of Women on the Move
  • Houston Business Journal “40 Under 40” 2013 Honoree
  • Houston Woman Magazine's "Houston's 50 Most Influential Women of 2013" Honoree
  • Selected to 2013-2016 Texas Super Lawyers list - General Litigation, Energy & Natural Resources
  • Selected to Texas Rising Stars list, 2005-2012 - Civil Litigation

Professional Affiliations

  • The Institute for Energy Law
  • Women's Energy Network
  • The Center for Women in Law
    • Circle of Leaders
  • Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation
  • Houston Bar Association – Litigation and Oil & Gas Sections

In the News

  • 13 May 2016 "Texas Judge Nixes Trade Secrets Suit Against ConocoPhillips" Law360
  • 26 October 2015  "Energy Industry's Victory in Personal Injury Case Could Have Far Reaching Effects" SETexasRecord.com
  • 31 August 2015 "Texas Executive Women Announces 2015 Women on the Move Award Winners" Business Wire
  • 1 October 2013 "Meet HBJ's 40 Under 40 Class of 2013" Houston Business Journal