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A. Edward Hardin, Jr.


Ed Hardin, Jr. is a partner in Kean Miller's Baton Rouge office. He joined the firm in 1998 and practices in the labor and employment law group. Ed has represented clients in both state and federal courts, before private arbitrators, and before the National Labor Relations Board, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, the Louisiana Workforce Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. Ed represents and advises employers on a wide variety of issues including employee handbooks and contracts, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, wrongful termination claims, discrimination and harassment claims, and issues involving wage payment, drug testing, and employee leave (including workers' compensation leave, ADA leave, FMLA leave and compliance issues). He also represents and advises management on labor relations issues including union representation of employees, union representation elections, arbitration of collective bargaining agreement grievances, unfair labor practice charges, and collective bargaining agreements with unions. Ed has particular experience in defending collective action/class action claims under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Ed has testified before the Louisiana House of Representatives and Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committees and has been interviewed for articles in local, state, and national publications.

Ed is listed among the top labor and employment lawyers in the State of Louisiana by Chambers USA. He is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Prior to joining the firm, Ed served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Catherine D. Kimball of the Supreme Court of Louisiana from 1997-1998. Prior to law school, Ed taught high school from 1990-1994 at Catholic High School and coached soccer.


Ed earned his B.A. from Spring Hill College in 1990. He earned his J.D. in 1997 from the LSU Law Center where he was a member of the Order of the Coif, Phi Kappa Phi, and was an Associate with the Louisiana Law Review. He was inducted into the LSU Law Center Hall of Fame in 1997.

  • Admitted, Louisiana, 1997; United States District Court for Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana; United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; United States Supreme Court
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana State, and American Bar Associations, and the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit (LSBA and ABA, Labor and Employment Law Section)
Articles, Publications and Presentations
Community Service
  • Commission Member, Louisiana State Bar Association, Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization, Labor Law Advisory Commission, 2015-present
  • Blue and Gold Information Officer, United States Naval Academy
  • Administrative Vice President, 2017; President, 2018; United States Naval Academy Parents Club of Louisiana
  • Leadership Class Graduate, Baton Rouge Area Chamber, 2013
  • Chair, 2004; Chair-Elect, 2003; Secretary/Treasurer, 2002; Council Member 2001, Young Lawyers Section, Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Big Buddy Program of Baton Rouge, 1999-2006
  • Board of Directors, Alzheimer’s Services of Baton Rouge, 2006-2017
  • Board of Directors, Public Affairs Research Council (PAR), 2015-present
  • Baton Rouge Area Chamber Leadership Class Alumni, Board of Directors, 2015-2017
  • Past Committee Member and Solicitor, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
  • Holiday Star Program, Young Lawyers Section, Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Past Volunteer, Uniforms for Kids Program, Young Lawyers Section, Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Past Chair, 2002; Participant, 2001; Belly Up With The Bar Cooking Competition, Young Lawyers Section, Baton Rouge Bar Association, Youth Education Project Fundraiser
  • Past Volunteer, Community Partnership Division, Capital Area United Way
  • Past Volunteer, Baton Rouge Symphony Phone-A-Thon
  • Past Member and Lector, St. Aloysius Catholic Church
  • Former Certified Stroke and Turn Judge, USA Swimming
  • Member and Lector, Christ the King Catholic Church and LSU Student Center