Daniel W. Hardwick

Vice Chair, Real Estate

Washington, D.C.

(202) 463-2538

(202) 640-5962

Daniel focuses his practice in real estate law, specifically real estate financing, acquisition and disposition, and joint ventures. He has represented both landlords and tenants in the negotiation and auditing of complex office, retail, and industrial leases, and has coordinated and closed transactions in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, California, Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Alabama, Ohio, Florida, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

Daniel's finance experience includes the drafting and negotiation of loan documents, due diligence review, and closing coordination for a variety of financial arrangements, including construction and permanent loans, mezzanine debt financings, assumptions, pool facilities, participations, and loan modifications. He has handled transactions ranging in size from $20 million to more than $400 million involving a variety of property types, including hotels, shopping centers, office buildings, apartment complexes, condominiums, mixed-use properties, restaurants, industrial buildings, and vacant lots.

Daniel graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in political theory. He earned his law degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School. He was the production editor of the Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy.



Cozen O’Connor Represents Equus Capital Partners, Ltd. in $1 Billion Multi-Tiered Real Estate Transaction

April 20, 2021

Cozen O'Connor represented affiliates of Equus Capital Partners, Ltd. in a multi-tiered transaction that included the sale of two portfolios of industrial properties throughout the Southeastern United States.

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 20, 2020

Best Lawyers selected 201 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

138 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2019

Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

D.C. Council Bill looks to unmask individuals behind all LLCs

December 04, 2018

Dan Hardwick is quoted in the Washington Business Journal on a provision in a bill that would require major disclosures from individuals with an ownership interest in limited liability companies.

126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

D.C. bill would unmask individuals behind landlord, developer LLCs

July 24, 2018

Daniel Hardwick, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice, discusses the proposed Real Estate LLC Transparency Amendment Act of 2018 in the Washington Business Journal.

Daniel Hardwick Named Among the “2015 Trending 40 Lawyers Under 40” By Legal BisNow

June 17, 2015

Daniel Hardwick, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice Group, was selected by Legal Bisnow as one of their “2015 Trending 40 Lawyers Under 40,” which recognizes DC-area lawyers who are 40 and under and have distinguished themselves in the past year with exceptional performance for their firms and companies. Honorees will be profiled in an upcoming issue of Legal Bisnow. Daniel, along with other Trending 40 honorees, will also be honored at a reception on July 15 in Washington D.C.

Eleven Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Recognized as Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

April 27, 2015

Washington, D.C., April 27, 2015 – The 2015 Washington, D.C., edition of Super Lawyers Magazine, published by Thomson Reuters, has named 11 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its annual list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

Cozen O’Connor Expands Real Estate Group Nationally

September 10, 2013

Cozen O’Connor has significantly bolstered the strength and scope of its national real estate practice with the addition of eight experienced lateral attorneys across the Washington, DC, New York, West Palm Beach, Wilmington, Philadelphia and Minneapolis offices in recent months, including seven partners and one associate.


  • Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 2000
  • Michigan State University, B.A., 1997

Awards & Honors

Legal BisNow "Trending 40 Lawyers Under 40" (2015)

Washington D.C. Super Lawyers "Rising Star" 2015

Best Lawyers in America, 2019-2021

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia Building Industry Association
  • The Real Estate Group of DC
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Fathers of Daughters Club of Washington, D.C., Co-Founder
  • Washington School for Girls, Member of Development Committee