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Samantha D. Hardy

San Diego (Downtown)
T: 619.338.6640
F: 619.234.3815


  • J.D., University of Chicago, 1998, with honors
  • B.A., Columbia University, 1995
  • California
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Central, Eastern and Northern Districts of California
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Samantha D. Hardy is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm's San Diego Office.

Areas of Practice

Ms. Hardy practices labor and employment law, with a focus on defense of employers in all types of labor and employment matters, as well as on proactively advising employers to avoid litigation.  Ms. Hardy has handled single plaintiff discrimination, retaliation, harassment, failure to accommodate, wrongful termination, and defamation cases, as well as other statutory, contract and tort-related claims, and has developed an expertise in California and national wage and hour issues.  She has a significant amount of experience representing employers in class actions, both within California and nationwide, as well as representing employers before administrative agencies.  Ms. Hardy regularly advises management on wage-and-hour issues, leave laws, workplace violence prevention, the disability accommodation process, and the discipline and termination processes.  She also regularly reviews and prepares handbooks and other employment-related documents, as well as conducting large-scale audits to identify potential violations.  Ms. Hardy has been active in influencing legislative changes of interest to her clients both inside and outside California.

  • San Diego Super Lawyer, 2015, 2016
  • Legal 500 US, Employment Law Counseling, 2007


  • Everything You Wanted to Know About Wage and Hour Class Action Lawsuits But Were Afraid to Ask
  • Regular Rate of Pay: Avoiding Common Mistakes in Calculating Overtime Pay in California
  • Federal Computer Employee Exemption: Are You in Compliance? 

Speaking Engagements

  • Ms. Hardy speaks frequently to various employers' groups on a variety of issues and is a frequent presenter of the firm's Breakfast With Your Labor Lawyer seminars.
  • Co-presenter, "The Impact of Recent Marijuana Laws on the Workplace: A "Joint" Presentation," 2013 Committee on Employment Law Spring Conference, Longboat Key, Florida, April 2013


  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member, Wage and Hour Subcommittee, National Retail Federation