Hardwick Benfer, LLC
179 North Broad Street Doylestown, PA 18901
Office: (215) 230-1912
Fax: (215) 230-1913
Virginia (“Ginger”) Hardwick is an experienced litigator who concentrates her practice in cases concerning discrimination, harassment, restrictive covenants, trade secrets, commercial disputes, and contracts in the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She also represents employees in the negotiation of contracts and severance agreements, and counsels employers on compliance and best practices to avoid litigation.
Ginger’s experience includes commercial litigation at major law firms, as well as representation of individuals. She has long had a great interest in civil rights. In law school, she was an intern for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. She was on the clinical faculty of Seton Hall Law School, where she was the director of the Housing and Homelessness Clinic, representing the interests of persons who were in danger of losing their homes. She has also served as a volunteer attorney for the Support Center for Child Advocates in Philadelphia, which provides legal services for children in the foster system.
Ginger is a frequent presenter at national Continuing Legal Education panels on issues involving employment law, and is very active in the American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law. She is a former law school professor of Legal Writing, Appellate Advocacy and Trial Skills. She is on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, teaching deposition skills to other attorneys.
In 2017, Ginger was inducted as Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Law. Election as Fellow is the highest recognition of sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication, and excellence.
New York University School of Law, J.D. 1984
N.Y.U. Law Review, Note and Comment Editor
Note, “Punishing the Innocent: Unconstitutional Restrictions on Prison Marriage and Visitation,” 60 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 275 (1985)
Cornell University, B.A. (History and Economics) 1981
Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) National Training Institute: Certificate of Completion Program
Hon. John J. Gibbons, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
1984 – 1985
New Jersey (1985)
New York (1985)
United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
United States District Court, District of New Jersey
United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND RECOGNITION
Council, American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, 2016 – present
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Co-Chair, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, 8th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference Planning Committee
Vice Co-Chair, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, 7th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference Planning Committee
Co-Chair, Membership; Former Co-Chair, Alternatives to Litigation Subcommittee,
Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section, American Bar Association
Faculty Member, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Deposition Skills Program, 2009 – present
Member, National Employment Lawyers Association, Eastern Pennsylvania
Member, National Employment Lawyers Association, New Jersey
Member, Bucks County Bar Association, Federal Courts Committee
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 Thomson Reuters