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– Opposing Counsel
"The level of talent is tremendous."
– Opposing Counsel

Five Firm Lawyers Recognized Among Nation’s Best for Civil, Criminal, and Appellate Work

HOUSTON — Five lawyers with Rusty Hardin & Associates have earned recognition in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a widely respected U.S. peer-review guide to attorneys.

Four partners and one of counsel are recognized for their prowess in the firm's areas of concentration — commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense, and appellate law.

Firm founder Rusty Hardin, who has won some of the nation's most high-profile trials and earned some of the legal profession's most prestigious honors, is featured for both commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense work. He was also rated Lawyer of the Year for 2019 in the Houston area for white-collar criminal defense.

“This firm of talented hard-working lawyers takes on a wider array of cases than most boutiques our size. We've won significant cases in civil, criminal, and appellate courts in Texas and around the nation. The variety of legal problems we tackle keeps us all sharp,” said Mr. Hardin.

Firm partners Andy Drumheller and Derek Hollingsworth, both former prosecutors, are recognized for their white-collar criminal defense expertise. Of counsel Cathy Cochran and firm partner Joe Roden are listed for their appellate work. All of the five lawyers have been recognized in previous editions of the Best Lawyers list.

Best Lawyers honorees are chosen based on the input of lawyers in the same practice and geographic areas. The legal guide's researchers review feedback and confirm other details to make the final selections. For a full list of attorneys selected to the 2019 edition, visit https://www.bestlawyers.com.

Mr. Hardin's clients have included big-name athletes, including the NFL's Adrian Peterson and pitching great Roger Clemens. He's also represented major corporations such as Exxon Mobil and Dow Jones & Co. and is featured in the London-based Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

Mr. Drumheller's criminal defense resume includes a long and varied list of clients, including celebrity athletes, a state agency official, and corporations. He has served as a special prosecutor for the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct and is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Mr. Hollingsworth's clients range from celebrity athletes to a widely respected cancer doctor. He also handles a variety of commercial litigation cases. He has been recognized in the Top 100 by the National Trial Lawyers.

Ms. Cochran is a prominent former judge for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals who focuses on appellate law, criminal matters, and commercial litigation. She is Board Certified in Criminal Law and Criminal Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Mr. Roden handles a variety of appeals and complex commercial litigation work. Among his wins is a significant federal appellate decision on behalf of insurance policy holders. Before his career in law, he served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Rusty Hardin & Associates, LLP has built a solid reputation for taking on the causes of its clients and obtaining favorable results in both civil matters and significant criminal cases.