Charles Harder

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Charles Harder
Charles John Harder[1]

(1969-11-09) November 9, 1969 (age 50)[2]
EducationUniversity of California, Santa Cruz (BA)
Loyola Marymount University (JD)

Charles John Harder (born November 9, 1969) is an American lawyer at the law firm Harder LLP based in Los Angeles, California.[3] He is a graduate of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles (JD, 1996) and the University of California, Santa Cruz (BA, 1991).[4] After completing law school, Harder served as law clerk to U.S. District Judge A. Andrew Hauk in Los Angeles.[5]


Harder is best known for representing Hulk Hogan (real name Terry Bollea) in the Bollea v. Gawker case.[6][7]

In 2007, Harder represented major videogame publisher, Ubisoft, in a one-week arbitration trial, defeating an $11 million claim by German videogame producer.[4] In 2009–2016, Harder represented numerous celebrities in cases over misappropriation of their names and likeness,[8] including Sandra Bullock,[9] George Clooney,[9] Bradley Cooper,[10] Jude Law,[11] Mandy Moore,[12] Liam Neeson,[10] Julia Roberts[9] and Reese Witherspoon.[13][14] Harder also won four different ICANN arbitrations for Sandra Bullock,[15] Cameron Diaz,[16] Kate Hudson[17] and Sigourney Weaver,[18] respectively. In 2011, Harder won an $18 million verdict for Cecchi Gori Pictures, and defeated a multi-million dollar counterclaim, after a four-week trial in Los Angeles state court.[19][20] In 2017–18, Harder represented Ivan Aguilera, the heir of Mexican pop icon, Juan Gabriel, against Univision and Telemundo, in a $100 million defamation suit.[21]

In 2017, in his capacity as Harvey Weinstein's attorney, Harder attempted to quash The New York Times's story on Weinstein's sexual misdeeds. On October 5, 2017, the day the Times's article was published, Harder wrote an email to The Hollywood Reporter detailing the merits of the lawsuit. "The New York Times published today a story that is saturated with false and defamatory statements about Harvey relies on mostly hearsay accounts and a faulty report, apparently stolen from an employee personnel file, which has been debunked by nine different eyewitnesses. We sent the Times the facts and evidence, but they ignored it and rushed to publish. We are preparing the lawsuit now."[22]. The suit was never filed.[23]

In 2017, Harder represented First Lady Melania Trump in a defamation case against the Daily Mail, which resulted in a $2.9 million settlement payment to Trump, and a public retraction and apology by the Daily Mail to her.[24] In 2018, he also represented the President in legal demand letters sent to political consultant/media executive Steve Bannon and author Michael Wolff.[25] Harder also represented Jared Kushner in connection with a Vanity Fair article covering the 2017 Special Counsel investigation.[26] He represented the Trump campaign in a legal action taken against Omarosa Manigault Newman following the publication of her book, Unhinged.[27]

In 2018, Harder represented President Trump in a defamation lawsuit filed by Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford). On October 15, 2018, the U.S. District Court granted an anti-SLAPP motion filed by Harder, dismissing the lawsuit with prejudice and awarding President Trump reimbursement of his attorneys fees against Stormy Daniels.[28] On December 11, 2018 the court ordered Stormy Daniels to pay President Trump 75% reimbursement of his attorneys fees or $292,052.33, plus a $1000 sanction on Stormy Daniels as well. "The court’s order," Harder said, "along with the court’s prior order dismissing Stormy Daniels’ defamation case against the President, together constitute a total victory for the President, and a total defeat for Stormy Daniels in this case." [29]

In 2019, Harder threatened to sue CNN for reporting on President Trump.[30]

Personal life[edit]

In search of adventure, Harder bicycled across the United States at age 19.[31]


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  2. ^ a b Hubbell, Martindale (1999). Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. Martindale-Hubbell. ISBN 9781561603244.
  3. ^ "Home Page | HARDER LLP". Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Charles J. Harder | HARDER LLP". Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  5. ^ "Charles J. Harder". Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  6. ^ Zengerle, Jason (November 17, 2016). "The Lawyer Who Killed Gawker Isn't Done Yet". GQ. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  7. ^ Harder, Charles (April 5, 2016). "Hulk Hogan's Lead Lawyer Explains How His Team Beat "Arrogant," "Defiant" Gawker (Guest Column)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  8. ^ Gardner, Eriq (September 22, 2016). "Ailes Media Litigator Charles Harder on His Improbable Rise With Clients Melania Trump and Hulk Hogan". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  9. ^ a b c "Sandra Bullock Settles Lawsuit Over 'Bullock Watch'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Bradley Cooper & Liam Neeson Team Up for Lawsuit". E! Online. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  11. ^ "Jude Law Suing Mad at Fireplace Maker". E! Online. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  12. ^ "Diane, Michelle, Sandra & Mandy Feeling Very Un-PC". E! Online. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  13. ^ "Reese Witherspoon Moves Closer to Trial Against Sears Over Imitation Jewelry". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  14. ^ "Hollywood Docket: Reese Witherspoon Settles Imitation Jewelry Lawsuit". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  15. ^ "Sandra Bullock v Network Operations Center c/o Alberta Hot Rods". Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  16. ^ "Cameron Diaz v Network Operations Center c/o Alberta Hot Rods". Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  17. ^ "Kate Hudson v Fei Zhu". Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  18. ^ "Sigourney Weaver v Stephen Gregory aka 'THIS DOMAIN NAME IS FOR SALE'". Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  19. ^ "Meet Charles Harder, the Gawker killer now working for Melania Trump and Roger Ailes". Newsweek. October 14, 2016. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  20. ^ Johnson, Ted (March 29, 2011). "Cecchi Gori awarded $15 mil in suit". Variety. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  21. ^ "Family of Late Mexican Superstar Says Univision Defamed Them". May 25, 2017. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  22. ^ Gardner, Eriq (October 5, 2017). "Harvey Weinstein to Sue N.Y. Times, Says His Attorney". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  23. ^ "Harvey Weinstein's Attorney Exits Without Filing Threatened N.Y. Times Lawsuit". Retrieved 10/15/2017. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  24. ^ "Melania Trump Nets Millions, Apology in Daily Mail Settlement | New York Law Journal". New York Law Journal. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  25. ^ News, A. B. C. (January 4, 2018). "Trump attorney sends Bannon cease and desist letter over 'disparaging' comments". ABC News. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  26. ^ Sherman, Gabriel (October 17, 2017). "Kushner Adds Charles Harder to Legal Team As Pressure Mounts". Vanity Fair. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  27. ^ Schwartz, Brian (August 14, 2018). "Trump campaign hires Hulk Hogan lawyer Charles Harder for arbitration action against Omarosa Manigault Newman". CNBC. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
  28. ^ "Trump scores a 'total victory' after federal judge dismisses Stormy Daniels' lawsuit and orders her to pay his legal fees". INSIDER. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
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