Harden began his career as a prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. While there, Harden worked as a lead prosecutor for an acclaimed organized crime task force and as an advocate for children who were the victims of abuse, sexual assault, and violent crimes.
Harden prosecuted cases involving attempted murder, rape, sexual assault, aggravated assault by vehicle, and drug trafficking. Through these prosecutions, Harden gained extensive experience investigating, evaluating, preparing and presenting evidence in the areas of forensic toxicology, ballistics, pharmacology, accident reconstruction, prescription medication abuse, social media and child abuse pediatrics. Harden also gained valuable experience prosecuting cases that involved non-fatal shootings by members of the Philadelphia Police Department.
In 2014, Harden joined the national law firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, where he represented corporations and their executives in sensitive government investigations and business litigation. Harden defended matters involving numerous federal and state investigative agencies, including the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Office of Foreign Asset Control, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. Many of these investigations involved medical malpractice and, at times, the resolution of personal injury matters. This experience provides Harden with an exceptional understanding of the manner in which corporations plan to resolve claims by injured plaintiffs.
Often, Harden has relied on his extensive trial experience to resolve these matters. He has tried over 25 jury trials to verdict and numerous bench trials. He has also represented corporations in professional malpractice, breach of contract, consumer rights, real estate, civil rights, product liability, construction, whistleblower, class action and mass tort litigation.
Harden is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He is originally from West Philadelphia and attended Philadelphia public schools before graduating from the Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and the Temple University Beasley School of Law.
Harden has served as a board member of the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia for six years, including a term as president. During his board tenure, the organization of African-American attorneys provided over $1 million of pro bono legal services to Philadelphians. He has also held leadership roles with the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Urban Affairs Coalition, and the Public Interest Law Center.
The Philadelphia Business Journal featured a story about Harden’s move to Ross Feller Casey (read the story).