The firm's founder and namesake, Lee A. Hardison, Jr., practiced general civil and criminal law in Memphis from 1937 until his death in 1983. The firm began operating under its present name in February of 1985, and engages in a general civil practice in state and federal courts, with emphasis on medical malpractice, hospital, professional negligence defense, and alternative dispute resolution.
The firm has broad experience in all aspects of the civil defense practice, including construction negligence, products liability, premises liability, auto negligence, workers' compensation, subrogation, and professional liability, including medical, hospital, legal, engineering, architectural, dental, pharmacy, chiropractic negligence, and real estate appraiser and realtor negligence. Mediation and other alternate dispute resolution services are also offered. Although the bulk of the firm's practice is centered in Memphis, the firm also represents clients and has lawyers licensed in a territory encompassing West Tennessee, eastern Arkansas, and northern Mississippi. The firm's lawyers are licensed in the U.S. District Courts in the mid-south area, including those in Arkansas and Mississippi.
Various members of the firm have considerable appellate experience in both state and federal courts. Distinctions earned by two of its principals include state certification as Civil Trial Specialist and Fellowship in The American College of Trial Lawyers; one of the firm's principals is further state-certified as a Medical Malpractice Specialist. The firm represents Methodist Healthcare - Memphis Hospitals, The Regional Medical Center at Memphis, Delta Medical Center and Tenet Healthcare Corporation and St. Francis Hospitals in Memphis and Bartlett, Tennessee. The firm's concentration on medical malpractice defense provides ready access to medical experts needed in other types of cases.
The firm is located in Suite 800 at 119 South Main Street in Memphis, Tennessee. The building was constructed in 1901 and housed the old Goldsmith's Department Store and is now referred to as Peabody Place's Pembroke Square. 119 South Main Street is part of the Gayoso-Peabody Historic District and has been placed on the U.S. Department of the Interior Register of National Historic Places.
The firm maintains a tradition of high quality, aggressive representation, a common sense approach to its clients' needs, and sensitivity to client economic concerns.