William M. Hardin


Osborn Maledon, P.A.
2929 North Central Avenue
Twenty-First Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85012-2793

Tel: (602) 640-9322

Email: whardin@omlaw.com
Web: https://www.omlaw.com

Bill is co-leader of Osborn Maledon’s business practice. His personal practice focuses on representing entrepreneurs and investors in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity financing and other significant business transactions. Bill also represents growth companies as outside general counsel in establishing strategic relationships, joint ventures, technology licensing and distribution deals, executive employment and compensation arrangements and other matters. Bill has also assisted public and private organizations in developing and implementing economic development and capital formation legislative initiatives and ballot campaigns.

Bill graduated, with honors, from The University of Chicago Law School in 1982. Bill is recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and by Best Lawyers® and has ranked among the Top 50 Arizona Attorneys by Southwest Super Lawyers.

Clients served represent a variety of industries and have included: Apollo Group; Archetypes Inc.; Arizona Board of Regents; Arizona State University; Beauty Innovations Group; Carefx Corporation; Columbia University; Heska Corporation; Honeywell; NetPro Computing; Philosophy, Inc.; Quality Care Solutions, Inc.; ST Microelectronics; and W.L. Gore & Associates.

Over the years, Bill has worked on a variety of legal and philanthropic projects for various organizations working to promote marriage equality and the civil rights of LGBT persons. Bill was a founder of the Arizona Human Rights Fund, now Equality Arizona, serving as a director and pro bono legal counsel for many years. Governor Napolitano awarded Bill the first Governor’s Award for Excellence in Human Rights in 2005.

In 2015, Bill received the Walter E. Craig Distinguished Service Award from the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education of the State Bar of Arizona.

Entrepreneurial organizations may range from start-ups backed by venture capital to publicly held corporations. To thrive in the fast-paced, risk-taking environment in which they operate, they all require the help of corporate lawyers with relevant and deep expertise and experience. Steeped in the corporate law of Arizona, Delaware and other important jurisdictions, the attorneys at Osborn Maledon have been representing and counseling such entrepreneurial clients for more than 30 years.

Our corporate attorneys focus on understanding and advancing the business objectives of our clients. Drawing on our extensive experience and resources we help our clients achieve their strategic goals. Osborn Maledon corporate and securities lawyers combine practical legal expertise with the business and market awareness required to handle complex corporate transactions. We provide legal guidance on investments, transactions and compliance, conduct due diligence, and represent clients through all stages of transactions. This includes helping raise capital, structure deals, manage risk, implement best practices and achieve regulatory compliance.

Osborn Maledon’s corporate attorneys have experience representing parties from all sides of a deal, structuring, negotiating and completing business transactions for businesses of all sizes across a wide spectrum of industries

Osborn Maledon is a leading law firm in Phoenix, Arizona, which provides litigation, business and general counsel solutions for its clients.

We strive for excellence in everything we do, from the strategic advice we give to business and litigation clients, to written and oral presentations we make to judges, juries and arbitrators. We recruit nationally, and over the years have been able to attract a remarkably talented group of lawyers. A number of our former colleagues now serve on the federal and state court bench. Among the lawyers who have joined us after distinguished government careers are the former Solicitor General of the State of Arizona and the former Presiding Judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court.

At Osborn Maledon this commitment to excellent lawyering and public service drives us to hire and inspire exceptional attorneys and administrative professionals who reflect the diverse communities and clients we serve. We are determined to provide a professional home where people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives share their talents and successes. We best serve our clients and community through colleagues whose varied points of view bring an array of approaches to problems and who collaborate effectively to deliver timely solutions for our clients.

Our success in attracting outstanding lawyers also stems from a clearly defined culture which values excellence, collegiality, consensus-driven governance, diversity, initiative and a commitment to serving the profession and our community.

“Phoenix-based William Hardin co-heads the firm’s corporate practice. Commentators observe that he is “very well liked and well connected” in the market. He is experienced representing entrepreneurs and investors in mergers, acquisitions and financing, particularly in relation to the technology sector.”
Chambers & Partners