Dan Hardway has been in the active practice of law for the past thirty years. He is a graduate of Cornell Law School (class of 1981). He is a member in good standing of the bars of North Carolina, West Virginia, Florida and Indiana. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Tax Court, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of the State of Florida, the Supreme Court of the State of Indiana, the Supreme Court of the State of North Carolina, the United States District Courts of West Virginia, the United States District Courts of North Carolina, The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Dan is the youngest of eleven children of a West Virginia coal miner. He graduated from West Virginia University in 1976 with an undergraduate degree in political science and economics. In 1977 and 1978 he was employed as a researcher/investigator for the United States House of Representative's Select Committee on Assassinations investigating the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, with primary responsibility for inquiry into possible relationships between Lee Harvey Oswald and the Central Intelligence Agency. Most of his work was classified at the time but has since been declassified. The main portion of his work is available in book form from the Mary Ferrell Foundation or from Amazon.com.
After graduation from Cornell Law School, Dan served for two years as a clerk for Justice Thomas McHugh of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. He then worked for eight years as a plaintiff's personal injury litigator handling litigation arising from auto accidents, industrial accidents, medical malpractice, civil rights violations, and the like. In 1990 Dan shut down his personal injury litigation practice. From 1990 to 2001, Dan limited his practice exclusively to the representation of Christian churches and ministries. In 2001, Dan moved to North Carolina and, in 2003, he opened his office in Angier, NC, where he resides.
In 2009, Dan won a case before the North Carolina Supreme Court holding that it was unconstitutional for the state to prohibit a rehabilitated felon from having a firearm. Since that time he has handled firearms cases challenging the constitutionality of state laws infringing upon the citizens' constitutional rights to keep and bear arms.
Dan now concentrates his practice on representing nonprofit organizations, especially Christian churches and ministries, firearms rights litigation, small business representation, estate planning, including business succession planning, wills and trusts, and estate administration.