Hardoon, Laurence E.

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Address: 699 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
Lawyer Firm: Brody Hardoon Perkins & Kesten, LLP
Phone: 617-880-7100
Fax: 617-880-7171
Website: http://www.bhpklaw.com

Areas of Practice

Larry Hardoon is a founding partner at Brody, Hardoon, Perkins and Kesten, LLP. Having practiced close to thirty-seven years as a civil attorney and a prosecutor, Mr. Hardoon has tried hundreds of cases in Massachusetts on behalf of people who have been injured. Mr. Hardoon has a national reputation, and he is especially known for his representation of many students at prep schools and colleges who were victimized sexually as well as hundreds of individuals who were sexually abused by priests, counselors, neighbors, and family members. He was the chief prosecutor in many high profile criminal cases. Mr. Hardoon has argued cases before the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the Supreme Judicial Court, and the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Practice Areas

A significant portion of Mr. Hardoon’s work is dedicated to recovering fair monetary awards for people who have been physically or emotionally harmed and helping his clients regain control and normalcy back into their lives. Mr. Hardoon has helped hundreds of injured individuals obtain settlements totaling millions of dollars. He concentrates in the following types of cases:

Rape and sexual assault, including: Sexual abuse in schools, camps, and other institutions Rapes on college/university campuses Intra-familial sexual abuse Clergy sexual abuse Psychotherapist-patient abuse Sexual harassment Domestic violence and stalking Assault and battery Automobile accidents Intra-family trust or business disputes

For example, Mr. Hardoon has obtained individual awards of $500,000 to over $2 million on behalf of:

A woman who was raped in her campus dorms A client of psychotherapy malpractice Individual victims of clergy abuse Family members of a small real estate trust A man injured in a tractor-trailer accident

Prior Experience

Before founding BHPK, Mr. Hardoon was a partner in the firm of Hardoon and Ball until his partner, Carol Ball, was appointed a Superior Court judge. Prior to that, he was a senior prosecutor in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office for fourteen years. Mr. Hardoon founded and directed the Child Abuse Prosecution Unit, recognized as a national model, and implemented standardized protocols for use in child abuse investigations that are now considered gold standard practices. He prosecuted and supervised over fifteen hundred cases of child sexual and physical abuse. Mr. Hardoon also prosecuted crimes involving homicide and motor vehicle homicide, domestic violence, adult sexual assault, and armed assaults. Mr. Hardoon began his career at the well-established Boston firm of Peabody & Arnold. Presentations and Publications

Mr. Hardoon has lectured nationally about trial practice, adult and child sexual abuse, civil remedies, and third-party liability since 1982. He has been featured and provided legal commentary for such media outlets as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Boston Magazine, National Public Radio, New England Cable News, Dateline NBC, 20/20, Emily Rooney’s Boston, Court TV, A&E’s American Justice, 48 Hours, WGBH, WHDH, CNN, WCVB and WBZ. He has lectured and trained varied professional audiences through the following organizations:

Legal Professionals and Law Enforcement

American Prosecutors Research InstituteAmerican Trial Lawyers Association Child Sexual Abuse Litigation GroupFlashner Judicial InstituteMassachusetts Bar AssociationMassachusetts Continuing Legal EducationMassachusetts District Attorneys AssociationNew England Regional Council Police TrainingOffice of the Attorney GeneralState and local police throughout MassachusettsNew England Northeast Regional Council Police Training

Medical and Mental Health Professionals

American Professional Society on the Abuse of ChildrenAmerican Psychiatric Association Law and Psychiatry DivisionAmerican Psychology AssociationBeth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterBoston Medical CenterHarvard Medical SchoolMassachusetts Professional Society on the Abuse of ChildrenMassachusetts Psychiatric SocietyNew England Regional Child Maltreatment ConferenceNew England Society for the Study of Dissociative DisordersPembroke Hospital/Westwood Lodge Hospital

Victim Advocacy Organizations

Jane Doe Learning InstituteMassachusetts Office for Victim AssistanceNational Center for Missing and Exploited ChildrenNational Center for Victims of CrimeNational Children’s Advocacy CenterNational Children’s AllianceNational Resource Center on Child Sexual AbuseRhode Island Children’s Advocacy Center

Government Agencies

Massachusetts Department of Children and FamiliesUnited States Department of Health and Human Services


Boston University Law SchoolHarvard Law SchoolNortheastern University Law SchoolSuffolk University Law School

Mr. Hardoon is the co-author of "Remarks on Practice Parameters for the Forensic Evaluation of Children and Adolescents Who May Have Been Physically or Sexually Abused", published in Child Maltreatment, Vol. 3, No. 2 (1998).


Mr. Hardoon graduated in 1975, cum laude, from Boston University School of Law. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Professional and Community Affiliations

Mr. Hardoon is a member of the bar in Massachusetts, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He belongs to the American Justice Association, the Massachusetts Association of Trial Attorneys, the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, and the National Center for Victims of Crime. He was a Founding Member and past President of the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County from 1995-2009.

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