J. Hardy Ehlers is a general commercial litigator for a wide range of clients involved in high-stakes business disputes. His trial, arbitration, and appellate practice focuses on intellectual property and contract matters, and on entertainment, private equity, and life-sciences industries.
Hardy has also worked extensively on pro bono matters, including successful First Amendment representation in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Prior to joining O’Melveny, Hardy attended Harvard Law School, where he focused on copyright and entertainment law—earning a Dean’s Scholar Prize for his work in Intellectual Property in the Digital Environment, and winning outright the 2012 GRAMMY Foundation Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition.
Hardy was also a member of the 2006 NCAA Division III championship tennis team at Emory University.
- Representing Warner Bros. in intellectual property and contract action involving merchandising rights to the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit
- Representing Fox in trademark action regarding the hit show Empire and its related music
- Defending private equity fund in actions brought against it for pension withdrawal liability
- Defended a major live entertainment company at the high-profile trial of a multi-billion-dollar wrongful death action, resulting in what the Daily Journal selected as one of the “Top Defense Verdicts of 2013”
- Harvard Law School, J.D., 2012: cum laude; Dean’s Scholar Prize, Intellectual Property in the Digital Environment
- Emory University, B.A., Political Science, 2008; Phi Beta Kappa; Woodruff Scholar
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