Barbara Harding is a nationally recognized trial lawyer and corporate counselor.
For over 20 years, Barbara has represented and advised national and international clients in a variety of litigation and corporate matters. Her clients have included W.R. Grace, BP, Union Carbide, Dow, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Ford, GM, Daimler Chrysler, The Washington Post, the Coca-Cola Bottlers Association, the Department of Justice, BASF, and Siemens.
Barbara's focus has been complex litigation, including mass tort/product liability, environmental civil and criminal liability, and advice regarding corporate governance and transactional issues.
Prior to joining Jones Day, Barbara represented W. R. Grace in what the Department of Justice billed as the largest criminal environmental case in history where she cross-examined the first eight witnesses at trial. After more than eight weeks of trial, Barbara and her colleagues on the defense team secured a not guilty verdict on all charges for Grace and all individual defendants.
Barbara also represented BP in connection with claims emanating from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, she has represented companies in matters involving food-related obesity charges; water and air emissions, including dioxin-related allegations; talc products and alleged asbestos contamination; and numerous other product liability concerns, including State Attorney General actions.
Deputy Director (with Top Secret clearance), White House Security Review (1995); Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice (1991-1993)
Honors & Distinctions
First woman to receive the distinguished Paul W. Bryant Alumni-Athlete award from the University of Alabama
Featured in the SEC's Stories of Character radio and television ads celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the South Eastern Conference