Charles R. Hardee



Charles Hardee is a seasoned trial attorney who has more than 38 years of experience handling personal injury and wrongful death cases. At Hardee & Hardee, LLP, Charles, along with partner Brack Massey, handle the firm’s litigated cases, with the help of the firm’s experienced staff.


Charles grew up in Grifton, North Carolina. After completing high school, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1978. He then attended the School of Law at Campbell University and was admitted to practice law in North Carolina in 1981.

Charles began his law career in 1981 as an associate at the Greenville law firm of James, Hite, Cavendish & Blount. Then, in 1984, Charles and his brother, Wayne, opened their own law practice in Greenville as Hardee & Hardee. Charles and Wayne have continuously practiced personal injury law together their entire legal careers.


Charles has been selected as a Super Lawyer. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. This selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Charles maintains an AV Preeminent® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®*, a prestigious peer review rating that recognizes attorneys who have reached the highest level of professional ethics and excellence. Charles is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates***, membership in which is extended by invitation based upon past trial experience.

In addition, Charles is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum**, an organization limited to lawyers who have successfully obtained a verdict, award or settlement of One Million Dollars or more.

Charles and his wife, Tena, are residents of Greenville and have three married daughters.


Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1983
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1983


  • AV Preeminent® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Super Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates


  • Campbell University School of Law, Raleigh, North Carolina
    • J.D. – 1981
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • B.S. – 1978
    • Major:
      Business Administration

Professional Associations

  • North Carolina State Bar, District 3A Bar Councilor, 2011 to Present
  • North Carolina State Bar, Grievance Committee, 2011 to Present
  • North Carolina State Bar, Distinguished Service Award Committee, 2014 to Present
  • North Carolina State Bar, Issues Committee, 2014 to Present
  • North Carolina State Bar, Executive Committee, 2016 to Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Former member of Litigation council
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice (formerly NCATL), Former member of Board of Governors ( 2 terms)
  • Pit County Bar Association, Former President
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Eastern North Carolina Inn of Court
  • Super Lawyers, 2011 to Present

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Member, First Christian Church

Past Positions

  • James, Hite, Cavendish & Blount, Associate, 1981 to 1984

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Past Certified Mediator, North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney