For over thirty years my passion has been the creation, growth, and success of innovative and disruptive business ventures in emerging ideas, technologies, and services. I've spent my career as a practicing private attorney, as a member of executive management in two successful NASDAQ-traded public companies, and as an entrepreneur in my own right. I have experienced business both as a provider and a consumer of legal services. The result: I am interested in creating solutions, not just identifying problems.
Not long out of law school, I left a large law firm as a young associate to join with a partner and form a business-focused law firm that grew rapidly.
Over thirty years experience, both in private law practice and corporate executive management as SVP/General Counsel of two industry-leading NASDAQ-traded public technology companies from inception and going-public through rapid growth and acquisition (one by a Fortune 500 company).
Awarded Martindale Hubbell's AV Preeminent rating, highest peer rating in both legal ability & ethical standards awarded by the leading national and international information services company for the legal profession.
Former Chairman (appointment by the Governor of the State of Utah) of the Utah Securities Advisory Board, authorized under the Utah Uniform Securities Act to advise and provide oversight to the Securities Division of the Utah Department of Commerce.
Co-founder of two startups: Lifescape.com, an innovative Internet web/mobile content, media, and information platform for individual users, brands, and organizations, and DMCA Solutions, an Internet-based digital rights enforcement and copyright anti-piracy solutions provider.
While leading DMCA Solutions in Boston I developed the copyright-based strategy and served as the principal advisor for the LA-based legal team representing actress Cindy Lee Garcia in the landmark U.S. 9th Circuit copyright case Garcia v. Google, arising from the viral propagation of the inflammatory anti-muslim film Innocence of Muslims on YouTube in September 2012 that incited riots worldwide. The case, that resulted in Google/YouTube being forced to take down over 1,000 copies of the film, was based on the fraudulent procurement of the actor's performance and its post-filming adulteration by the producer/director:
Served as the principal liaison for the Salt Lake Olympic Bid Committee to the french-speaking members of the International Olympic Committee, traveling extensively to meet and work with them and their countries' National Olympic Committees in their home cities throughout western and eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa to create and strengthen relationships, educate, lobby, and advance Salt Lake City's ultimately successful bid for the XIX Olympic Winter Games (2002). Represented Salt Lake City at IOC Meetings in Barcelona, Tokyo, Nairobi, Lausanne, Paris, and Birmingham.
The University of Utah School of Law, JD
The University of Utah, BA
The Sidwell Friends School, Washington D.C.
TESTIMONIALS & AWARDS
"I had the privilege of working with David over an extended period in a technology company I co-founded and co-managed. He was our legal advisor and counsel over twelve years through all our stages: creation, finding our way, going public, significant growth, and ultimate acquisition by a Fortune 500 company. His solid counsel and, when most needed, outside-the-box thinking, were invaluable."
David Spafford, Co-Founder Megahertz Corp.,
Salt Lake City, Utah
"I have represented 'public figures' in Hollywood for more than thirty years. During the course of my public relations work, I have also met and worked with their attorneys... some of whom have become 'stars' in their own right. But I have never encountered anyone quite like David Hardy. What he brings to the table is a magnificent blend of legal acumen with a highly perceptive and compassionate understanding of his client's needs. He has worked on my behalf and I found the experience unique and gratifying. With David, the client feels the matter being addressed is not just another 'case'. These days, that is a rare experience. I would recommend David in a heartbeat."
Elliot Mintz, Media Consultant
Beverly Hills, California
(clients include or have included, among many others, John Lennon & the Estate of John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Stephen Stills, Paris Hilton)
"David is one of the most talented business attorneys I know. Having a broad and deep working knowledge of business law, he quickly drills down to the main relevant points, both from a legal and ethical perspective. He’s excellent at scenario analysis and finding practical and innovative solutions. For over ten years, he has been one of the first people I consult on any business endeavor."
Derral Fralish, CEO Paramount Capital Inc.,
"A good friend recommended David for startup help – business structure, trademark, equity ownership, etc. , saying ' You’ll be in good hands with David.' He could not have been more right. David has years of corporate and startup experience, and his responsiveness, advice, and deliverables on a variety of issues have been invaluable. A trusted professional resource. Highly recommend him."
Dave Mittereder, Founder and CEO Tourtle Inc.,
Buck Hill Falls, Pennsylvania
Acquisition of Megahertz Corporation (public) by U.S. Robotics/3Com (public)
Acquisition of I-Link, Inc. (public) by Counsel Corporation
Acquisition of Thermal Systems, Inc. (public) by Bridgestone Tire & Rubber Co. (public)
Acquisition of Netoria, Inc., by Novell, Inc. (public)
Acquisition of Disc Publishing, Inc., by SkyMall, Inc. (public)
Acquisition of Unibase Technologies, Inc. by Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (public)
Acquisition of Hema USA, Inc., by Sidel Groupe, SA (public/France)
Acquisition of Wicat Systems, Inc., by Jostens, Inc. (public)
Acquisition of Equitech, Inc., by Jetway Systems, Inc. (public)
Acquisition of Utah Bank & Trust Company by First Security Corporation (public)