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Commonwealth of Virginia

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia


Juris Doctor, University of Virginia School of Law


Masters of Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University                                           


BA, Psychology, University of Virginia

Awarded highest distinction for thesis:

African American Women’s Perceptions of Discrimination  

About Hardiman Law

"I am honored to do this work."

                                        - Helen Hardiman

Helen Hardiman founded Hardiman Law PLLC to prevent and end housing discrimination in Virginia. She is a dedicated fair housing advocate working to vindicate essential rights to seek and enjoy housing free from discrimination.


Helen practices law through a social work lens, striving to confront systemic oppression and fulfill the true dignity and worth of every person. Her commitment to civil rights is paramount in her life and evident in her long track record of fighting for social and economic justice. 


For eight years, Helen held leadership positions at Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. (HOME), a private non-profit civil rights organization where she directed HOME’s statewide fair housing outreach, policy, and enforcement programs. Under Helen’s leadership, HOME filed and settled 17 fair housing cases across Virginia, including against property managers, developers, newspapers, and a retirement home resulting in relief exceeding $6.4M.* While at HOME, Helen assisted hundreds of Virginia families understand and enforce their fair housing rights.



  • Maggie Walker Community Land Trust Citizens Advisory Board,           appointed by Mayor Levar Stoney (2019)

  • Richmond’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund Oversight Board, 

appointed by Mayor Levar Stoney (2018)

  • Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development, 

appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe (2016)

  • Virginia Poverty Law Center, board member

  • Consumer Alliance of Virginia, board member                      



  • Up and Coming Attorney by Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly (2017)

  • Virginia Housing Alliance’s Top 40 Network for housing leaders (2015)

  • Virginia Law Foundation Public Service Fellow  

for work at the Legal Aid Justice Center (2012) 

  • Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership

Political Leaders Program (2008)

  • Cover of Belle magazine

“Created Equal: Helen O’Beirne’s mission of social justice” (2009) 

  • Top 40 Under 40 by Style Weekly (2007)


* Results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case. Past success is no guarantee of an outcome in any future case.

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