John Hardin, a partner in Manning Fulton’s Raleigh office, has been named to the Triangle Business Journal’s ‘40 Under 40,’ an annual listing of the region’s top young professionals.
Specifically, the ‘40 Under 40’ awards recognize outstanding professionals under the age of 40 for contributions to their respective organizations and to the community at large.
Six judges from the local business community and TBJ leaders reviewed approximately 200 applications to select this year’s honorees.
At Manning Fulton, Hardin represents large multi-national companies and trade associations in front of the North Carolina General Assembly and state executive agencies. In addition, a substantial portion of his practice is devoted to representing property owners whose land has been condemned.
Within a year of his election to partnership, at age 32, Hardin began managing Manning Fulton’s Government Relations practice, one of the largest and most storied practices in North Carolina.
What’s more, since moving to Raleigh in 2007, Hardin has zealously given back to the community he and his wife call home.
Among his community contributions, Hardin is a past president of the Capital City Clauses. Under his leadership, 2016 was the organization’s best in its 30 years history; the organization quadrupled its corporate sponsorships; donated 12,500 toys to the Salvation Army’s Christmas Cheer Program; and helped 110 Angel Tree families. On behalf of the Capital City Clauses, Hardin accepted the Salvation Army’s “Volunteer Group of the Year” award in 2017.
Hardin also serves on the Board of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and chairs its legislative committee. As legislative chair, he is working with Governor Cooper, North Carolina Secretary of Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary, Susi Hamilton, and others to fund and create a new state-of-the-art laboratory at the Museum.
“At Manning Fulton, we encourage and expect our attorneys to give back to the Triangle community, personally and professionally,” said Barry Mann, the firm’s managing partner. “We are proud of John for this well-deserved recognition but, more importantly, the compassion, commitment, and leadership it represents.”