Kristin H. Hardy

Associate Dayton


Kristin is an attorney in Taft's Intellectual Property practice group. Her practice focuses on trademark clearance, trademark prosecution and enforcement, copyright and infringement matters. She also counsels clients on brand protection, development, clearance, registration and trademark portfolio maintenance. Prior to law school, Kristin worked for the Chicago Bears and at a large corporate Chicago firm doing marketing and business development work. Prior to joining Taft as an associate, she was a summer associate with the firm and a law clerk for the Indiana Office of the Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division.

Kristin obtained her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Dayton School of Law (UDSL) where she was elected publication editor of the UDSL Law Review, was a finalist in the Walter H. Rice Moot Court Competition and was awarded Runner-Up Best Brief Award of Fordham Law School's Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Moot Court Competition. Kristin was also nominated and selected for the UDSL Leadership Honors Program and was awarded a full-tuition, merit-based scholarship. Additionally, Kristin served on the honor counsel, was a dean's fellow and participated in the student mentor program. She earned her bachelor's degree from Loyola University Chicago graduating cum laude.

All Service Areas


  • University of Dayton School of Law (2019)

    cum laude

  • Loyola University Chicago (2014)

    cum laude


  • State - Indiana
  • State - Ohio
  • Federal - Northern District of Indiana

Speeches and Publications

  • “Trademark Update,” 2019 Trademark & Copyright Law Year in Review, Indy Bar CLE program, April 22, 2020.
  • "Did the Supreme Court Just Give States License to Pirate Copyrights? Protecting Copyrights Post Allen," Taft Law Bulletin, April 13, 2020.

Professional Affiliations

  • Indianapolis Bar Association

    Past Executive Committee Member, Intellectual Property Section

  • Ohio State Bar Association


  • Dayton Bar Association


  • International Trademark Association


  • Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce