Another partner of Charles Harder — the high profile attorney to the Trumps and Hulk Hogan — has left the firm, Page Six has learned exclusively.
Harder has shot to prominence in the last few years after working on some of the most talked-about suits to hit the courts.
He represented Hogan in his blockbuster sex-tape suit against Gawker and repped President Trump in his defamation suit against Stormy Daniels.
Harder was also hired by Melania Trump for her defamation suit against the Daily Mail, and briefly represented Harvey Weinstein when reports about Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct were first surfacing in the press.
But we’re told a second partner is leaving the company within the space of a year.
Harder, Douglas Mirell and Jeffrey Abrams founded Harder, Mirell and Abrams in 2013.
In February, Mirrell quit, and gave a less-than-flattering interview to the Hollywood Reporter about Harder’s ties to Trump and other controversial figures.
Now we’re told that Abrams is out too.
Reached for comment, Abrams told us, “After 26 years of practicing law, I have made the decision to begin the next chapter of my professional career and will be leaving the practice of law as of December 31, 2018. Starting in January 2019, I will be co-founding a new venture in the financial industry.”
He added, “I wish Charles Harder, my partner of six years, and longtime friend, all the best in his growing practice, and look forward to referring colleagues and friends to HARDER LLP in the future when they need help protecting their reputations.”
He gave no further reason for his departure.
We’re told that the firm started out largely representing Hollywood stars — including George Clooney and Sandra Bullock — in trademark matters, and changed dramatically after the controversial Gawker trial in 2016.
This year the firm dropped both Abrams and Mirell’s names and rebranded as Harder LLP.
We’re told they have nine lawyers, including another partner, Ryan Stonebrook, who joined after the company’s founding.
After his exit, Mirell told the Hollywood Reporter, “I have had longstanding clients of mine who have expressed consternation at that representation and who have said to me that they will not send work to me so long as I am associated with a firm that represents those kinds of clients.”
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