Dennie Hardin, Attorney at Law
Born in Nuremberg, West Germany, on October 19, 1965, Dennie is the second of four sons born to Ralph and Levina Hardin, who live in Meade County, Kentucky. Dennie’s father had a career in the U.S. Army, so much of Dennie’s early life was spent moving from one location to another. He graduated from Ballard High School in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1984 and received a music scholarship to the University of Louisville. However, soon after starting college, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard and went off to basic training at Cape May, New Jersey.
Following graduation from Hotel Company 119, Hardin was given orders for the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro in mid-1985. While waiting for his ship to arrive, Hardin was temporarily assigned to the Coast Guard station at Kodiak Island, Alaska. It was there that Dennie became a Christian, realizing that life without a personal relationship with Jesus Christ would be futile and meaningless. Shortly after embarking on the Munro, Hardin met several other Christians. These early days of Christian growth were extremely important in his overall growth into a Christian man.
After being honorably discharged in 1989 from the U.S. Coast Guard, Hardin moved back to Kentucky and got a job as a police dispatcher for the Elizabethtown Police Department. In 1990, Hardin was selected to go to the police academy in Richmond, Kentucky. Following graduation from the Department of Criminal Justice Training Basic Class, Hardin began his career as a police officer in Elizabethtown. Most of his time with EPD was as a patrol officer on second shift, working the hours of 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. In 1993, however, Hardin left the police department and enrolled at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
After graduating from WKU in 1996 with a B.A. in history, Hardin married the former Sandy Whittinghill. After a year in Michigan at Cooley Law School, Hardin transferred to the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. During his second year of law school, he became a father for the first time. Graduating in 1999, the Hardin family moved back to Bowling Green. Two more children followed. Today, he has been in practice for over 15 years. During this time period, Hardin has been the lead counsel in nearly 100 criminal jury trials. His practice areas include criminal defense, personal injury, employment litigation, landlord/tenant law and debtor-creditor law.
- B.A., Western Kentucky University, 1996
- J.D., Northern Kentucky University, 1999
- Admitted to practice: Commonwealth of Kentucky, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.