‘They Are Just Great Lawyers’: Rusty Hardin & Associates Promotes Three Attorneys to Partner

Renowned Houston trial lawyer selects Emily Smith, John MacVane, and Leah Graham to help lead Houston firm 

HOUSTON — Rusty Hardin & Associates, LLP is pleased to announce it has named Emily SmithJohn MacVane, and Leah Graham as new partners at the Houston-based civil and criminal litigation firm.

“I would comfortably go anywhere in the country to try a case with these three attorneys,” said Rusty Hardin. “Their constant loyalty to their clients, their impeccable ability to anticipate what a client or case needs, and just sheer talent all make me confident that I can rely on them in every respect.”

Ms. Smith, who joined Rusty Hardin & Associates in 2019, handles complex commercial litigation and business disputes involving a variety of issues, including contract, fiduciary duty, negligence, trade secrets, oil and gas, and bankruptcy. Her previous experience includes an internship with Judge Lisabeth Tabor Hughes of the Kentucky Supreme Court, as well as one with Judge Jennifer Elrod of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She also served as a judicial clerk for Chief Bankruptcy Judge Jeff Bohm of the Southern District of Texas. Ms. Smith has been named to the list of Ones to Watch by Best Lawyers in America in both 2021 and 2022.

Mr. MacVane’s extensive experience in both criminal and civil matters allows him to focus his practice on civil cases with possible criminal implications. His practice also includes criminal defense, catastrophic personal injury, and commercial litigation. Before joining Rusty Hardin & Associates in 2019, Mr. MacVane served as an assistant federal public defender in the Southern District of Texas. He also clerked for Texas Supreme Court Justice Brett Busby when Judge Busby was on the 14TH Court of Appeals and also for New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice Linda S. Dalianis.

Ms. Graham joined Rusty Hardin & Associates in 2019 and focuses her practice on high-stakes business disputes both at trial and in arbitration. Her experience includes matters involving construction, sports, employment, oil and gas, real estate, environmental, product liability, intellectual property, partnership, trustee and fiduciary matters, and personal injury claims. Ms. Graham has been recognized as a Texas Rising Star by Thomson Reuters every year since 2018 and was named to the 2019 and 2020 list of Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers by National Trial Lawyers.

“The beauty of these promotions is that our clients will not see a difference at all – Leah, John, and Emily have been operating on a partner level for some time now,” said Mr. Hardin. “This is confirmation of just how much we value them and their work. They are just great lawyers.”

Rusty Hardin & Associates, LLP has built a solid reputation for taking on the causes of its clients and obtaining favorable results in commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense, plaintiffs’ personal injury, appellate matters, and general civil and criminal litigation. To learn more about the firm’s representative matters, visit https://www.rustyhardin.com/.  


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