Maynard Cooper & Gale and Nexsen Pruet have agreed to merge on April 1, 2023. Together we will be Maynard Nexsen.

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Hardwick's Profile

Hardwick is Chair of Maynard's Tax Practice group. He regularly counsels clients of all sizes in all areas of business matters including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, venture capital transactions, and business formations. Hardwick has extensive experience in counseling clients on tax-favored transactions and structures including tax-free reorganizations, tax - deferred equity rollovers, like kind exchanges, and interest charge - domestic international sales corporations (IC-DISC). He also has represented a number of clients in their direct and syndicated investments in tax credit financed projects involving utilization of low-income housing tax credits, new markets tax credits and historic preservation tax credits.

Hardwick regularly advises clients in the areas of federal and state tax planning and controversy matters. He has represented numerous clients in highly complex tax planning for international operations and investments, as well as advised foreign clients who are making investments in the United States. He is also experienced with helping clients with the sale, purchase, and exchange of aircraft.

Hardwick earned his B.A. from Vanderbilt University and his J.D. magna cum laude from The University of Alabama School of Law. He received his LL.M. from New York University. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2009 in the areas of Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Nonprofit/Charities Law, Economic Development Law, and Tax Law and received the Best Lawyers® 2017 "Lawyer of the Year" distinction for Non-Profit/Charities Law.

“He has excellent technical skills and is a great practical resource in tax and corporate. He makes the hard things easy to understand and is good at giving practical counsel.”

Hardwick's Experience

  • Represented Baptist Health System in the five-hospital joint venture transaction with Brookwood Health System (a subsidiary of Tenet Health) in the Birmingham/Central, Alabama region, creating one of the largest health systems in the State of Alabama
  • Represented investors in both entry and exit of low income housing tax credit partnerships
  • Negotiated economic incentives for new and expanding projects in Alabama
  • Represented taxpayers in tax controversies at federal, state and local levels
  • Represented clients in tax planning for international joint ventures in Asia and Europe and advised foreign clients making investments in the U.S.

Hardwick's Accolades

  • The Best Lawyers in America© for Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Non-Profit/Charities Law and Tax Law (2009-present); Economic Development Law (2016 - present)
  • Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" for Non-Profit/Charities Law (2017), Economic Development Law (2022)

Hardwick's Affiliations and Civic Involvement

  • American Bar Association, Business and Tax Sections
  • Alabama State Bar Association, Chairman, Tax Section (2011-2012)
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Birmingham Tax Forum, Board Member (2005), Officer (2006)
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Economic Development Association of Alabama


State Bar: Alabama

  • New York University
    • (2000, LL.M.)
  • University of Alabama School of Law
    • (1997, J.D., magna cum laude; Alabama Law Review, Senior Editor; Order of the Coif)

  • Vanderbilt University
    • (1992, B.A.)

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Maynard Represents Cloud Security and Engineering Company in Merger

Maynard Corporate attorneys Mike Johnson, Jonathan Mayhall, Andy Watson, Hardwick Walthall, and David Kinman recently served as lead transaction counsel to Fire Team Solutions, LLC (“Fire Team”) in its merger with Case Consulting, LLC (“Case Consulting”). Fire Team is a portfolio company of AE Industrial Partners Structured Solutions I, LP...

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Monday, August 22, 2022

200 Maynard Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2023

Maynard is pleased to announce that 200 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, including 11 who are distinguished as “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of expertise and 56 of the Firm’s younger attorneys who are recognized...

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022


Maynard is proud to announce that the firm’s representation of Verasci, a biotechnology company located in Research Triangle, NC, in its strategic sale to WCG Clinical Services was recently recognized among the top middle market deals in the Mergers & Acquisitions Mid-Market Deals of the Year. Maynard is honored to...

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