John is partner at Manning Fulton and a member of both the government relations and litigation practices. He represents clients before both the North Carolina General Assembly as well state agencies. He currently represents a broad range of clients that include Fortune 500 companies, national trade associations, non-profits, and small businesses. For several years running, John has been ranked one of the ten best lobbyists in North Carolina.
John Hardin is a partner in Manning Fulton’s government relations practice and co-chairs the practice area. John represents clients before the North Carolina General Assembly, state agencies, local governments and several federal agencies. John and the government relations team represent over 50 clients, including major national corporations such as Bayer, Charter, Expedia, and national trade associations such as the Pharmaceutical Research Manufacturers Association (PhRMA). John represents many North Carolina organizations and entities that are vital to the state including the Insurance Federation of North Carolina and the North Carolina Railroad Company, and the Eastern Board of Cherokee Indian.
He has been recognized by the Triangle Business Journal as one of the 40 young professional under the age of 40 who make significant contributions to their respective industries and communities. For several years running, John has been recognized as one of the top 10 lobbyists in North Carolina and has been recognized as a North Carolina Super Lawyer every year since 2015 In 2022, John was named by Best Lawyer as the to Government Relations Attorney in the state.
John is a graduate of Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law where he served as Editor in Chief of the Campbell Law Observer. He received his undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina.
Prior to entering law school, John spent two years serving as Special Assistant to former State Treasurer and gubernatorial candidate Richard H. Moore. In that role, he served as the Treasurer’s proxy on several boards and commissions. He also traveled to the state with Treasurer Moore, advising him on political and policy decisions.