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John is a member of both Manning Fulton’s government relations and litigation practice groups. 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.  John was named one of the ten best lobbyists in North Carolina.  He also represents property owners and developers in condemnation disputes.


John Hardin is a partner in Manning Fulton’s government relations and litigation practice groups. John represents clients before the North Carolina General Assembly and state agencies, including major national corporations, such as Bayer Corporation, Expedia and national trade associations such as the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. John has represented many North Carolina associations and entities in legislative matters, including the Insurance Federation of North Carolina and the North Carolina Railroad Company.

John also represents property owners and developers in condemnation cases. He has experience working with clients across North Carolina.
He is recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) in the Rising Star Category.

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 at Chapel Hill.

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 the state with Treasurer Moore, advising him on political and policy decisions.




  • Campbell University School of Law – J.D. – 2012
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication – 2007

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 2012

Professional Activities

  • North Carolina Professional Lobbyists Association
    • Board of Directors (2017-present)
    • Executive Committee (2020-present)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Government Relations Practice – 2021-2022

Prior Experience and Clerkships

  • North Carolina Department of State Treasurer
    • Special Assistant and Policy Adviser to Treasurer Richard H. Moore (2007-2009)

Representative Matters

  • Represented a family in Garner, NC when NC DOT replaced old Tryon Rd. with a new service road. NC DOT initially paid the family $76,800. At mediation, the case settled for $1,065,000 for a difference of $988,200. Consent judgment was entered in October 2017.
  • Represented a family when NC DOT took 8.6 acres for the US Highway 401 by-pass. NC DOT initially paid $1,342,930. The final jury verdict required NC DOT to pay $4,349,837 plus interest of $761,649.54 for a difference of $3,768,556.54. Trial occurred in Wake County in September 2013.
  • Represented landowners when DOT took 36.6 acres from the relocation of Highway 70. DOT initially paid $2,524,150. Final settlement required DOT to pay $6,650,000 – for a difference of $4,125,850. Consent judgment was entered in November 2012.
  • Represented landowners affected by sewer easements. Helped to mitigate damage of sewer easements on property and helped to increase initial deposit from local condemning authorities.
  • Represented landowners affected by installation of Greenways on their property. Helped assess viability of different locations and advised clients on financial and development repercussions associated with the existence of a Greenway on the property.
  • Represented adjacent property owners in mitigating adverse impacts of nearby development.
  • Interpreted zoning ordinances and proposed uniform development ordinance changes for property owners and real estate developers.

Community Engagement

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

  • Friends of the Museum Board Member (2017-present)
  • Executive Committee (2017-present)

Capital City Clauses

  • Immediate Past President (2014-present)

Campbell Law School

  • Alumni Association Board of Directors (2014-2017)

YMCA of the Triangle

  • We Build People Fundraiser (2008-present)

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

  • Man and Woman of the Year Nominating Committee (2012-2014)

The North Carolina Railroad Company has benefited from the guidance of Manning Fulton’s Government Relations and Legal teams for more than 20 years.  They are accessible, knowledgeable and committed to providing their clients with the highest standard of service.

Scott Saylor
President | North Carolina Railroad Company

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