400 Convention Street, Suite 700, P.O. Box 3513
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802
Ed Hardin, Jr. is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller. 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 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010. 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.
|Areas of Practice||1) Labor & Employment|
|Law School||J.D. in 1997 from the LSU Law Center|
|Education||B.A. from Spring Hill College in 1990|
|Bar Member / Association||Louisiana State Bar Association|
|Most recent firm||Kean Miller LLP|
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