555 Seventeenth St.
Suite 3400
Denver, CO 80202


J.D., University of Colorado School of Law, 2000

B.A., Political Science, Colorado State University, 1996


Best Lawyers in America© distinction in Commercial Litigation (2020-2021) and Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants (2016-2021)

SuperLawyers® (2014-2020) in the fields of Civil Litigation Defense, Professional Liability Defense and Employment Litigation Defense (Law & Politics)

- The Top 100 (2016-2019)

CSU Juris Doctor Bill Ritter Public Service Award (2018)

Richard Marden Davis Award (2012)

Franz Hardy serves as the co-managing partner of the Denver office. He is a trial attorney with a focus on business and insurance litigation, including commercial disputes, directors and officers liability, coverage, and employee benefits. Mr. Hardy is also recognized as an accomplished professional liability practitioner. He maintains an active state and federal trial court practice, in addition to handling numerous appeals.

Mr. Hardy works closely with his clients to develop a sound legal strategy. While recognizing that most cases resolve, he believes that creating an early litigation plan often times results in favorable resolution. This strategy involves the efficient and effective use of pre-trial tools. Demonstrating his focus on client goals, he is proud to have represented the state’s largest public utility over his entire legal career.

Mr. Hardy has held various leadership positions within in the legal community. He is a past president of the Denver Bar Association, former chair of the University of Colorado Law School Alumni Board, and past president of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado. He has served on several non-profit boards and participated in numerous committees.  Further, as current Co-Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee, he is responsible for guiding the firm’s award-winning commitment to diversity and inclusiveness in more than fifty offices.

Mr. Hardy is a frequent author and lecturer on various topics affecting attorneys and the practice of law, including ethics, privileges, confidentiality, and diversity.


U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court


  • Denver Bar Association (2017-2018 President)
  • Colorado Bar Association (2017-2018 Executive Council)
  • Colorado Supreme Court Board of Law Examiners' Character and Fitness Committee (2015-2019)
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado (2012-2013 President)
  • University of Colorado Law School Alumni Board (2015-2016 Chair)
  • American Bar Association - Section of Litigation (former Co-Chair of Content Management Committee, former Co-Chair of Diversity Committee, and former Co-Vice Chair Committee on Corporate Counsel)
  • Center for Legal Inclusiveness (2008-2013 Board of Directors)
  • DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar (2015 Diversity for Success Conference Program Chair)
  • Sam Cary Bar Association
  • Colorado Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Bar Association
  • Colorado Women's Bar Association
  • Arguello Dream Catchers ‒ Law School Yes We Can (Board of Directors)

Community Involvement

•    Mr. Hardy enjoys helping new generations of law students and lawyers have successful and rewarding legal careers. He regularly meets with students and new lawyers in formal and informal settings to assist in their career development. For example, Mr. Hardy is a mentor of a college student and college graduate student through the Arguello Dream Catchers – Law School Yes We Can program. He also participates in a variety of speaking engagements and mentoring programs in this area. Mr. Hardy has also worked with officials in Colorado’s law schools, leaders of local bar associations, and prominent area lawyers to address diversity and inclusion efforts in the legal profession.