Mr. William H. Hardie Jr.
Phone : (251) 441-9207
B.E., Mechanical Engineering, Yale University, 1959
Bill Hardie navigates the most intricate insurance policies with ease. He has drafted hundreds of coverage opinion letters in the course of his career and is adept at analyzing complex insurance policies numbering 70+ pages and containing 40 or more declarations. Better yet, he turns them around quickly, typically returning opinion letters to clients in less than a week. He represents insurance companies ranging from large multinational companies to small, local businesses. Certain of these clients are Infirmary Health System, Inc. and Markel Service Incorporated. Due to his recognized skill in this arena, plaintiff’s attorneys often consult with Bill on coverage questions.
The rest of Bill’s practice is devoted to commercial litigation, transactional work and service as an arbitrator. Litigation clients have included Michelin and General Motors. Bill’s clients say they appreciate the fact that he carefully watches their bottom line, minimizing the legal costs whenever possible without sacrificing their desired results.
Bill and his partner Ben Harris made case history in a rare criminal representation defending an armed robbery case in which the first successful use of the Miranda Decision in the Circuit Court of Mobile County was employed. Setting precedent is a family tradition for Bill as his mother and his aunt were the first and second American women respectively to become English barristers.
Represented a major tire manufacturer in a case where the codefendant entered into a pro-tanto settlement for $2 million; the jury verdict was reversed on appeal in favor of tire manufacturer.
Successful defense of a manufacturer in an alleged defective ladder case.
Successful defense of chemical component manufacturer in debilitating skin rash case allegedly caused by caustic product.
Successful defense of a wheel manufacturer in roll-over case.
Representation of pharmacies in diet drug litigation.
Defense of major pharmaceutical company in fraud action brought by State of Alabama.
Defended numerous consumer class actions involving residential real estate escrow charges, insurance sales practices, residential real estate mortgage discounts, banking industry checking account practices and credit life insurance.
Prosecuted antitrust claims related to Workers’ Compensation assigned risk resulting in favorable settlement.
Defended alleged misappropriation of technology-related trade secret.
Defended ERISA claims for recovery of overpayment of benefits.
Frequently serves as an arbitrator for commercial and technology-related disputes.
Honors and Awards
William H. Hardie, Jr. received the G. Duffield Smith award for legal writing from the Defense Research Institute
Michael Hoenig, writing in the New York Law Journal, called him one of the keenest legal writers. 219 N.Y.L.J., No. 108, p. 3 (June 8, 1998)
Received a Leadership Award from the Products Liability Committee of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association
Professional and Community Involvement
Co-Chair, ABA Products Liability Litigation Sub-Committee on Warnings.
Member and former Faculty Member, ABA National Institute on Failure to Warn Litigation, Washington, D.C., September 1996.
Faculty Member, First European Convention in Consumer Safety, Barcelona, Spain, April 1997.
Moderator, Panel Discussion on Expert Witnesses, Annual Meeting of Litigation Section, ABA, New York, New York, May 1998.
Faculty Member, Post-Award arbitration procedures, Alabama Bar Institute-Continuing Legal Education, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, February 1999.
“A Critical Analysis of On-Product Warning Theory,” 22 Product Safety & Liability Reporter (BNA) 143 (February 11, 1994); reprinted, Products Liability in New York: Strategy and Practice, N.Y. State Bar Assn. (Neil A. Goldberg, ed. 1997).
“Liability Based on Testing Product Warning Labels,” For the Defense 27 (October 1997). “Warning of Open and Obvious Hazards,” 9 Australian Product Liability Reporter 35 (March 1998).
“Consumer Product Safety Labeling and the Influence of Litigation,” 5 International Journal for Consumer Safety 57 (June 1998).
“Arbitration: Post Award Procedures,” 60 Alabama Lawyers 315 (Sept 1999).
1963, Virginia State Bar
1964, New York
1966, Alabama State Bar
1964, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
1967, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
1970, U.S. Supreme Court
1981, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
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