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Rusty Hardin Biography – Rusty Hardin Wiki

Rusty Hardin is a prominent Houston-based criminal defense attorney and partner/founder of Rusty Hardin & Associates, LLP. He has defended a long list of famous athletes, including Roger Clemens, Adrian Peterson, Vince Young, Steve Francis and Warren Moon on a wide range of charges. He most recently made headlines as the defense attorney for former Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson on sexual misconduct charges.

Following graduation from law school at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, in 1975, Rusty began his legal career as an assistant district attorney in Houston. He earned wide recognition for his cross-examination skills in several high-profile trials. In recognition of his trial skills, he was named Texas Prosecutor of the Year by the State Bar of Texas and was featured in numerous publications profiling his work.

Rusty entered private practice in 1991 as a founding partner of Hardin, Beers, Hagstette & Davidson, maintaining a civil and criminal trial practice at both the state and federal levels. In 1994, he was named Chief Trial Counsel for the Whitewater Independent Counsel’s Office, serving under both Bob Fiske and Ken Starr.

In 1996, he established Rusty Hardin & Associates. Since then, Rusty has tried over 70 jury trials, split fairly evenly between civil and criminal cases.


Rusty is also the founder of Texas People Against Crime, a statewide organization dedicated to addressing criminal justice issues from the perspective of crime victims and law enforcement. A nationally recognized speaker on trial tactics, Rusty is often approached to counsel lawyers on dealing with the media during high-profile cases.

Membership, Honors & Awards

Rusty is a Senior Fellow and past President of the Litigation Counsel of America, the trial lawyer honorary society. He serves on the Advisory Board for both the Trial Law Institute and the Diversity Law Institute.

In 2015, Rusty was named a “Trial Ace” by Law360, given a Lifetime Achievement award by Texas Lawyer, named a “Lion of the Texas Bar” by The Texas Lawbook, and inducted into both the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American College of Trial Lawyers. A member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, he has been recognized as a Best Lawyer in America each year since 2016 and named on the Texas Super Lawyers listing since 2003. In 2020, he was inducted as a Texas Legal Legend by the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Before Law School

Before attending law school, Rusty taught American history at Montgomery Academy in Montgomery, Alabama, and spent five years in the U.S. Army, leaving with the rank of captain after 15 months in Vietnam. He also spent a year as a legislative assistant to Congressman Charles R. Jonas, Republican, of North Carolina. He is licensed to practice in the state of Texas, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Rusty Hardin Age

He was born Russell Hardin Jr. on October 6, 1941, in Durham, North Carolina. He is 81 years old as of 2023.

Rusty Hardin Wife

Rusty Hardin and his wife, Tissy, were married in 1970. They have two sons, Russell and Thomas. Russell is a high school teacher in Houston and Thomas is an officer in the Houston Police Department.

Rusty Hardin Clients

According to his Law Firm website, Rusty Hardin has a long list of clients including Dow Jones, ExxonMobil, Arkema, Rice University, Arthur Andersen, trusts and a corporation established by J. Howard Marshall II against Anna Nicole Smith, the Houston Texans, Rudy Tomjanovich, Warren Moon, Wade Boggs, Scottie Pippen, Steve Francis, Calvin Murphy, Rafer Alston, and Roger Clemens, to name just a few.

Rusty Hardin Net Worth

Rusty Hardin’s net worth hasn’t been made public. He is certainly a millionaire. He acquired much of his wealth from representing athletes and millionaires.

Rusty Hardin Hourly Rate

Rusty Hardin charges an hourly rate of $300 for high-profile cases. In the case that re-examined Michael Morton’s wrongful murder conviction, Rusty was paid roughly $235 an hour, negotiated down from nearly $300 an hour.