J.J. Hardig

I am fortunate to have long-lasting relationships with many of our clients. That is impossible without being responsive to their needs and – most important – obtaining successful results.  I enjoy handling tough cases, but I also know that costly discovery and courtroom battles are often not the most effective nor efficient options.  That is why I explore unique and creative alternatives focused on achieving results that match the client’s needs.

J.J. Hardig is the Leader of the Tort Litigation Practice Group. He is a veteran business lawyer with a track record of success in and out of courtrooms across Texas for nearly 20 years. His clients range from global professional services firms to multi-national product manufacturers to major exploration and production companies to local oilfield service companies. Although diverse, these clients have one thing in common—they count on J.J. to solve their business challenges utilizing creative thinking, skillful negotiation and, when necessary, dogged litigation.

J.J.’s unique trial and appellate experience centers on serious personal injury matters and high-stakes commercial disputes. Specifically, J.J.’s personal injury practice is dedicated to defending catastrophic injury or death claims arising in industrial settings from events such as equipment malfunction, electrocution and exposure to hazardous products. His commercial litigation practice involves diverse and complex contract and warranty issues, often arising from professional services contracts and product supply agreements.

J.J. also has a growing focus on indemnity and insurance coverage issues. These issues often arise during the front-end negotiation of a construction or oil and gas related master services agreement or later when a personal injury or property damage claim arises. J.J. not only drafts and negotiates indemnity and insurance provisions that protect his clients, but he also has extensive experience enforcing his clients’ indemnity and insurance coverage rights.

Committed to his clients’ needs and finding proactive ways to accomplish their goals, J.J. also advises on a variety of important businesses matters, including risk analysis and mitigation, litigation prevention strategies, as well as employment-related issues.

Representative Experience

Personal Injury Litigation

  • Routinely defends product manufacturers and suppliers against claims of negligence and strict liability.
  • Routinely defends industrial property owners against premises liability claims arising under Chapter 95 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code.
  • Routinely defends food manufacturer against claims of food contamination.
  • Served as Texas counsel during defense of food product after nationwide recall.
  • Obtained dismissal of premises liability claim against oil and gas refining company shortly before trial relating to alleged exposure to hydrogen sulfide.
  • Obtained summary judgment in federal court on behalf of government contractor sued in drowning case and successful defense of summary judgment in Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Successful resolution of death case involving crane failure for construction client.
  • Successful defense of paint and chemical manufacturers against products liability claims, including claims of benzene-induced leukemia.

Commercial Litigation

  • Obtained favorable jury verdict in matter involving multi-million dollar sale of client’s business.
  • Obtained favorable arbitration award for general contractor in breach of contract dispute involving subcontractor’s claims for additional work, construction delays and lost productivity.
  • Obtained favorable judgment in breach of contract matter involving the sale of oil and gas related equipment.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of paint manufacturer in million dollar breach of warranty/DTPA claim concerning toxic mold in a commercial building.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of paint manufacturer in breach of warranty claim concerning alleged failure of coating on a residence.
  • Successfully defeated attempts to enjoin multi-million dollar sale of client’s business.
  • Successful resolution of large claim for misappropriation of trade secret and copyright infringement on behalf of construction client.
  • Successful prosecution of contractual indemnity claim on construction client’s behalf after personal injury settlement.
  • Successful resolution of significant breach of contract claim arising from construction project in Iraq.
  • Obtained successful settlement and agreed judgment in favor of client after conversion of client’s valuable property.
  • Obtained successful property damage settlement in favor of client damaged by negligent operation of a commercial bus.
  • Obtained dismissal of employer’s appeal on behalf of employee after filing brief. The appeal involved non-compete and non-disclosure issues.
  • Successful resolution of negligence and breach of warranty action involving the alleged failure of paint products used on a multi-million dollar residence.
  • Routinely defends paint and coatings utilized in industrial and commercial settings, including claims of breach of warranty and DTPA.


Thought Leadership / News
August 26, 2009 
 Press Releases
September 5, 2008 
 Press Releases
  • Named a "Super Lawyer" by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters company) as published in Texas Monthly and Law & Politics magazine (2005, 2013 - 2018)
  • Named a Houstonia Magazine Top Lawyer in Houston (2018)
Organizational Involvement
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • National Association of Dealer Counsel
  • J.D., South Texas College of Law Houston (1998)
  • B.S., Texas A&M University (1995)
Judicial Clerkships
  • First Court of Appeals of Texas, Hon. Adele Hedges (1999 - 2000)
Bar Admission
  • Texas
Court Admission
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit