Hardiman to receive President's Award at April 28 Annual Dinner

Thursday, Mar. 24, 2016
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George G. Hardiman, Esq.

The Massachusetts Bar Association will honor George G. Hardiman, Esq. with the MBA President's Award at the April 28 MBA Annual Dinner. The President's Award is bestowed upon those individuals who have made a significant contribution to the work of the MBA, to the preservation of MBA values, to the success of MBA initiatives, and to the promotion of the MBA leadership role within the legal community of Massachusetts.

Hardiman, an attorney with a litigation practice, is being honored for his role in the MBA's Section 35 program, launched this year by the MBA. While his work is often unheralded and behind the scenes, Hardiman's career has been defined by a dedication to service -- specifically, how lawyers can serve the greater good.

"Our Section 35 program came about because George saw an opportunity for the legal community to use its expertise to join the fight against opiate addiction. People needed help, and, as always, George looked outside the box to come up with a solution," said MBA President Robert W. Harnais. "Through his professionalism and commitment to helping others, George has earned the respect of all who work with him. We are proud to present him with our President's Award in honor of his dedication to service to others."

Hardiman began his career in the public sector, first working as an assistant district attorney with the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, where he tried hundreds of cases in district and superior court. While employed as an assistant district attorney he was also part of a group of ADAs, who successfully lobbied the Legislature for legally mandated minimum salary for ADAs statewide. He then moved to the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, where he prosecuted financial misconduct. While employed at the Securities Division, Hardiman earned an MBA with a concentration in finance and was also part of a national, multi-state task force responsible for investigating conflicts of interest between investment analysts and investment bankers. The efforts of this task force resulted in significant reforms designed to protect the investing public. Hardiman later made the move to private practice, specializing in criminal and securities related financial litigation. In 2014, he was named CEO and president of Tremont Credit Union in Braintree after volunteering and serving as chairman of the credit union's board.

For the past year, Hardiman has served on the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Committee and the Public Education Nominating Committee. In addition, he has been a member of the Massachusetts Lawyer's Weekly Editorial Board and the MassVentures Board of Directors.

About the MBA's Annual Dinner

In addition to Hardiman's award, the Annual Dinner will include a keynote address by award-winning novelist and screenwriter Dennis Lehane, the presentation of the 2016 MBA Legislator of the Year Award to Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg (D-Amherst), a President's Award to BMC Clerk-Magistrate Daniel J. Hogan, a scholarship award to a third-year law student and the 2016 Access to Justice Award recipients.

Sponsorship opportunities include:

  • Platinum Sponsor ($5,000)
    Table for 10, full page ad in dinner program, firm logo projected at the dinner, sponsorship level recognition in Lawyers Journal and displayed on MBA website
  • Gold Sponsor ($3,500)
    Table for 10, 1/2 page ad in dinner program, firm logo projected at the dinner, sponsorship level recognition in Lawyers Journal and displayed on MBA website
  • Silver sponsor ($2,500)
    Table for 10, 1/4 page ad in dinner program, firm logo projected at the dinner