Charles R. Hardee was presented with the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award at the Pitt County Bar Association holiday party held on December 8, 2022, in Greenville. State Bar Vice-President Matthew W. Smith and State Bar Councilor Scott C. Hart presented the award. Past-President Darrin D. Jordan also attended the presentation.
Mr. Hardee was born and raised in North Carolina. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1978. He went on to receive his law degree from Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law in 1981. Since graduating from law school, Mr. Hardee has developed a personal injury practice in Greenville, NC. He partnered with his son-in-laws, attorneys Brack Massey and Kyle Blodgett, to form the law firm of Hardee, Massey & Blodgett, LLP.
Mr. Hardee is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and he holds licenses to practice law before all North Carolina state courts, the US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, the US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Hardee has a reputation for navigating complex cases with skill, while maintaining an extraordinary level of collegiality and professionalism. He is known for treating everyone he encounters with respect, regardless of a person’s station in life, ethnicity, or religion.
Mr. Hardee has served in many leadership positions for the North Carolina State Bar. He served as a bar councilor for District 3A from 2011 to 2020. During that time, he served on the Grievance Committee, the Issues Committee, the Executive Committee, and the Distinguished Service Award Committee. He previously served as president of the Pitt County Bar Association and as president of the Eastern Carolina Inn of Court. He is a long-time member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and served two terms on its Board of Governors. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and previously served on its Litigation Council.
Mr. Hardee has the reputation of providing his clients with superior legal advice and service, regardless of their ability to pay for his services. In addition, he was quick to help lawyers who were struggling with problems that impact the lawyers’ health and ability to practice ethically. He provided help and resources, as well as a sympathetic ear for these peers.
Mr. Hardee had demonstrated high character, integrity, compassion, and devotion to the legal and local community. He is a most deserving recipient of the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award.
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