Candace C. Hardy


Office: Philadelphia

Direct: 215-461-3324

Fax: 215-461-3311

  • Professional Overview
    Candace is an astute litigator who focuses her practice on employment litigation and counseling. She represents employers and management of all sizes and industries, from small business owners to multinational corporations, in a broad range of employment-related matters. Candace successfully defends clients against a variety of claims involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour disputes, whistleblowing, and common law claims of breach of contract and wrongful discharge. Candace represents clients before administrative agencies and in both federal and state courts, handling all facets of litigation from inception through trial. She also partners with clients to provide strategic and pragmatic advice regarding employee relations matters, policy issues, and compliance with labor and employment laws and regulations.

    In addition to her employment law practice, Candace has significant litigation experience representing architects and engineers in complex construction defect cases, defending public sector employers and governmental entities against municipal liability and civil rights claims, and litigating many other professional and general liability matters.

    While working full-time, Candace earned her law degree from Widener University Delaware Law School where she was the Research Editor for Widener Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Honor Society. During law school, Candace received the award for Best Appellate Brief and placed second in the oral advocacy portion of the Distinguished Jurist Moot Court Competition. Candace was a two-time recipient of the annual Chadwick Constitutional Education Fellowship and received multiple awards in recognition of her pro bono service to the Philadelphia and Wilmington communities. Candace obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with a minor in Criminal Justice, from Temple University. She obtained her Associate of Science degree in Behavioral Science from Delaware County Community College where she graduated with High Honors.

    Candace remains committed to community service and helping others. She recently served as Financial Secretary and Co-chair of the Legal Education and Mentoring Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. She also volunteers with various non-profit organizations and community outreach programs to continue serving her local community. In her spare time, Candace enjoys woodworking and cycling throughout the city.
  • Practice Areas
  • Education and Admissions


    • Widener University Delaware Law School, J.D., 2018
    • Temple University, B.A., 2014
    • Delaware County Community College, A.S., 2012


    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

    States Licensed

    • Pennsylvania
  • Professional Organization Memberships
    • Philadelphia Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division; former Executive Committee member, Financial Secretary and Co-chair of the Legal Education and Mentoring Committee
    • The National Bar Association, Women Lawyers Division, Philadelphia Chapter
    • The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia
    • Defense Research Institute
  • News, Honors, Publications & Speeches
    • The National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, 2023
    • Philadelphia Bar Association Bar Star Award, Young Lawyer’s Division, 2020