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Trial Lawyer Daniel Dutko Promoted to Partner

Rusty Hardin & Associates is proud to announce that trial attorney Daniel Dutko has been promoted from of counsel to partner. Since joining the firm in 2019, Mr. Dutko has offered clients exceptional service in matters related to catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death, products liability, class action, and complex commercial litigation. A seasoned trial lawyer, Mr. Dutko has argued before the Texas Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the First, Third, Thirteenth and Fourteenth Courts of Appeals in Texas.

“The firm is successful because of the people who work here, and Daniel is a prime example of that. He’s fiercely dedicated to our practice and our clients,” said firm founder Rusty Hardin. “Since joining the team, he’s applied his talents to a broad range of matters and continues to focus on pursuing justice for those who have been injured or wronged. This promotion is well-deserved and I couldn’t be more thrilled to make it.”

Mr. Dutko gained considerable courtroom experience as an associate practicing civil litigation and understands how to turn complex matters into compelling narratives for judges and juries. He previously served as an adjunct professor at South Texas College of Law where he taught trial advocacy. Most recently, Mr. Dutko served as a member of the trial team for Susan Dorety, who sued Princess Cruise Lines after she and her husband were knowingly exposed to COVID-19 while aboard the Grand Princess and for preventing her husband from leaving the ship after he became sick. Clients have come to trust him with some of the most sensitive matters in their lives and rely on the counsel he offers them.

“I’m proud of the work I’ve done and incredibly fortunate to serve alongside so many talented attorneys who are passionate about helping their clients,” said Mr. Dutko. “I’m excited for my new role and look forward to continuing the firm’s growth.”

Mr. Dutko earned his law degree from South Texas College of Law where he was named most outstanding student advocate. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in history from Texas A&M University.