Jones Day has bolstered its business and tort litigation practice with the addition of a lateral partner, the firm announced Wednesday.
Barbara Harding joins Jones Day’s Washington office from Kirkland & Ellis, where she was a partner.
Harding said she wasn’t looking to move from Kirkland, but the opportunity to be part of the business and tort litigation practice was too good to pass up. She focuses her practice on asbestos liability, tobacco cost recovery and product liability.
“I believe that I will go to Jones Day and continue to work in high-profile litigation and serving the needs of Jones Day’s clients where they have very serious litigation matters,” Harding said.
Harding has represented British Petroleum in matters related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. She also represented W.R. Grace, which allegedly exposed residents of Libby, Mont. to asbestos and then conspired to conceal its adverse health effects. In May 2009, a jury acquitted the company and three executives.
In 1995, as deputy director of the White House Security Review, Harding recommended safety measures including the closing of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House, following a plane crash at the White House in 1994.