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John R. Hardin

Fax +1.214.939.5849
Fax +1.713.815.7301
Mr. Hardin handles a broad range of complex commercial litigation matters, insurance coverage actions and litigation related to real estate and land use issues.

Mr. Hardin represents a variety of clients from K&L Gates’ Texas’ offices on insurance coverage issues. He helps corporate policyholders maximize potential coverage by discussing the various policies at origination and renewal and helps clients recover the benefits to which they are entitled when their insurer fails to defend or indemnify.

Mr. Hardin is also a facilitator for the firm’s global real estate litigation group. His own real estate practice covers the spectrum of regular real estate litigation and land use litigation. He has been involved in most major types of real estate litigation including lender issues, landlord tenant disputes, eminent domain issues, and partnership related disputes. He also handles land-use issues ranging from participating in governmental meetings and discussions to successfully resolving disputes through either administrative hearings or judicial action.


In 2006 and 2007, Mr. Hardin was recognized as a Texas Rising Star by Law & Politics Magazine and Texas Monthly.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

Speaking Engagements

  • Iron Clad Claim: Navigating Property, Business Interruption and other Business Insurance Claims, Business Valuation, Forensic & Litigation Services Conference, October 14, 2014
  • Author/Speaker for the State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Trial Course 2006-“What Every Lawyer Needs to Know about Insurance Law: Recent Changes and Cases That Affect Every Civil Litigator's Practice”
Insurance Coverage
  • Represented clients against their insurance broker for procuring policies that failed to provide the correct coverage Represented clients in declaratory judgment actions to force insurer to comply with their duty to defend and duty to indemnify, including seeking to ensure that potential punitive damages were covered under the relevant policies;
  • Represented policyholders against traditional insurance companies and Lloyd’s of London
  • Represented client when its insurer failed to pay for property damaged and lost during natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina
  • Represented a managing general agent against a program’s reinsurer for breach of contract and a variety of business torts
  • Represented multiple policyholders in bad faith suits against insurers
  • Counseled clients on various issues relating to their insurance policies including coverage and limitations
  • Assisted clients with insurance audits and policy reviews at renewal time

Real Estate and Land Use Litigation
  • Assisted clients with a variety of litigation on REO property
  • Represented a marina owner in connection with governmental permits and lawsuits from non-governmental entities related to construction and progress
  • Represent a client in a suit against the City of Conroe for claims related to the City’s post-construction breach of a Tourism Promotion Services Agreement and Abatement Agreement
  • Assisted a variety of oil and gas clients in seeking relief from municipality actions designed to limit their business operations
  • Assisted clients in retrieving property lost through a tax foreclosure sale
  • Represented landlords and tenants in a variety of disputes such as Co-Tenancy rights, contractual remedies for Reduced Occupancy Periods, eviction, defaults, and equitable obligations under triple-net leases.
  • Represented condominium owners association in claims against the property’s developer for misrepresentations
  • Represented a property owner against a homeowner’s association seeking to limit the property owner’s title, use, and enjoyment of their property
  • Represented property owners in CCN disputes
  • Represented property owners challenging Texas Commission on Environmental Quality orders
  • Represented property owners in administrative actions proceedings in the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • Represented property owners disputing local municipality’s annexation attempts
  • Represented property owners in the development of their property, including securing the property owners’ vested rights and ensuring that municipalities issued the appropriate approvals
  • Represented the owner of a large ranch in connections with County’s claim that a private ranch road was a public county road under Texas Transportation Code Chapter 258
  • Appeared numerous times before local governments in support of clients

Commercial Litigation
  • Defended and prosecuted claims for breach of outsourcing contracts
  • Handled issues and matters in a variety of arbitral forums, including AAA, JAMs and the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association
  • Represented clients in a variety of oppressive shareholder claims
  • Assisted international distributor in anti-viral software patent litigation
  • Represented an inventor in a breach of contract case related to the improper sale of his patented invention
  • Represented numerous clients in breach of contract and fraud claims including major real estate developers, magazine publishers and hardware distributors
  • Represented automobile manufacturer in products-liability actions