Hardwick's Profile

Hardwick is Chair of Maynard Cooper'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 and Tax Law and received the Best Lawyers® 2017 "Lawyer of the Year" distinction for Non-Profit/Charities Law.

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® 2017 "Lawyer of the Year" for Non-Profit/Charities Law

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, December 10, 2020

Alabama Department of Revenue Provides Guidance on NEW Annual Online Renewal of Sales and Other Tax Licenses

On October 28, 2020 the Alabama Department of Revenue (ALDOR) released guidance to taxpayers regarding new requirements for the renewal of sales tax and other tax licenses. These requirements change long-standing practices in Alabama that did not require the annual renewal of such licenses. As of November 1, 2020 sales...

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

168 Maynard Cooper & Gale Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers© in America 2021

Birmingham, AL. (August 20, 2020) Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 168 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a peer-review guide highlighting attorneys with significant achievements in their areas of practice. With 76 practice areas listed...

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Some Expenses May No Longer Be Deductible In Connection With PPP Loans

On April 30, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released Notice 2020-32 clarifying the IRS’s position with respect to the deductibility of certain expenses paid using loan proceeds received under the CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”). The recent IRS Notice confirms that no deductions will be permitted for otherwise deductible...

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