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Education

  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D. – 1984
    • Honors: Faculty Award, Appellate Advocacy
    • Honors: National Trial Team
    • Honors: Moot Court Team
    • Law Journal: California Western School Law Journal, Staff Writer, Notes and Comments Editor, 1982 – 1984
  • Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, Winchester, Virginia
    • B.S. – 1981
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Barclay History Award (Highest)
    • Honors: Dean’s List (Numerous)
    • Major: History
    • Major: Mathematics

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • Wills

Honors

  • Selected To Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2012, 2014 - 2021
  • AV Rated, Martindale Hubbell
  • Superb (10.0) by AVVO
  • Numerous Commendations
  • “Top 100” in the Region

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney

Biography

Mr. Harding served as an Assistant State's Attorney for Prince George's County from 1984 until 1991. As a senior trial attorney in the homicide unit he handled many of the County's high visibility cases. The Prince Georges Journal marked Mr. Harding's move to private practice with a front page article entitled 'Tough prosecutor crosses aisle." He has since been honored a Super Lawyer. This honor is limited to no more than 5% of Maryland lawyers. He is also rated as Superb by AVVO an attorney rating service. This is the highest rating issued by AVVO. He has been AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell for many years, their highest rating. Mr. Harding continues to handle high profile criminal cases and major accident cases. Some of his more noteworthy cases include:

  • St v Wooten obtained a dismissal in an armed robbery case.
  • St v Jones- obtained an acquittal before a jury in a serious shooting case.
  • St v Johnson- obtained a dismissal in a carjacking drive by shooting.
  • St v Jones- obtained an acquittal large quantity narcotics case.
  • St v Eubanks-obtained an acquittal before a jury in a murder case. Mr. Eubanks was later sued by the family of the decedent for civil wrongful death and Mr. Harding won that case before a different jury.
  • St v Massey- obtained a dismissal in an arson case.
  • St v Melton obtained a dismissal in a drug recognition/DUI case.
  • Maxwell v Watkins Nurseries- obtained a judgment for wrongful death of $800,000.00 for his client.

 

Mr. Harding has obtained countless acquittals in DWI and MVA cases.

Mr. Harding developed superior trial skills as a senior prosecutor in Prince George's County. Some of his high profile cases that garnered media coverage include:

  • The 1987 trial of Brian Tribble accused of supplying the cocaine that killed University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias. Mr. Harding was featured in the movie Without Bias and on ESPN.
  • The 1988 conviction of a former Washington police officer Thurlow K. Norris for auto theft. The four week criminal trial was the longest ever in the county.
  • The 1989 conviction of Steven L. Steward, alleged drug ring enforcer, for killing a crack dealer during a robbery.
  • The 1990 conviction of Arthur R. Miles and Ronald H. Jeter for murdering and robbing a pizza deliveryman in Largo, Maryland.
  • The 1991 manslaughter conviction of Bobby R. Stanbury, an abused son, for killing his father.
  • The 1991 conviction of Daniel T. Brashear for the tape recorded killing of his girlfriend.
  • The first conviction in Prince George's county of a husband for raping his wife. Ralph J. Carbaugh Jr.'s 1991 conviction also became the second conviction of a husband for rape in the state of Maryland.

 

He joined Sasscer, Clagett & Bucher in 1991 and became a partner in 1995. He later became of counsel to Sasscer, Clagett & Bucher, then opened his own firm: Harding Law, LLCHis experience includes well over 150 jury trials and substantial experience before the Maryland Appellate Courts. He continues to handle high profile criminal defense cases, including homicide, rape, drug distribution and possession, assault and DUI / DWI cases. His practice has also expanded into personal injury litigation, wrongful death actions, and fraud investigations on behalf of insurance companies. Mr. Harding is a lifelong resident of the area and is married with three children.

Bar Admission

  • Maryland, 1985
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1986
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1986

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Columbus School of Law, University of Maryland School of Law, various local college, Mock Trial Judge

Representative Cases

  • St v Wooten obtained a dismissal in an armed robbery case
  • St v Jones- obtained an acquittal before a jury in a serious shooting case
  • St v Johnson- obtained a dismissal in a carjacking drive by shooting
  • St v Jones- obtained an acquittal large quantity narcotics case
  • St v Eubanks-obtained an acquittal before a jury in a murder case. Mr. Eubanks was later sued by the family of the decedent for civil wrongful death and Mr. Harding won that case before a different jury
  • St v Massey- obtained a dismissal in an arson case
  • St v Melton obtained a dismissal in a drug recognition/DUI case
  • Maxwell v Watkins Nurseries- obtained a judgment for wrongful death of $800,000.00 for his client
  • U.S. v Smith – not guilty of all criminal charges against Smith, a professional athlete

Professional Associations

  • Prince George's County Bar Association, Board of Directors
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Former member of Board of Governors
  • ​Prince George's County Bar Association, Chairman of Judicial Selection Committee
  • ​Prince George's County Bar Association, Past President

Classes & Seminars

  • Panel Chairman, Attorney Grievance Commission

Past Positions

  • State's Attorney for Prince George's County, Senior Trial Attorney, Homicide, 1984 to 1991
  • Court Appointed, Mediator/Arbitrator, 1993
  • United States Attorney for Southern District of California, Law Clerk, 1983
  • United States Marine Corps, 1973 to 1977