Kristen Hardy

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law
Professional Memberships: 
State Bar of Wisconsin, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Wisconsin Association of African-American Lawyers, Association of Corporate Counsel, National Bar Association


Kristen D. Hardy is Compliance Counsel at Rockwell Automation, Inc., the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information products, headquartered in Milwaukee. As an Adjunct Professor, Kristen teaches the Corporate Compliance Workshop alongside Professor Gary Ballesteros. 

As Compliance Counsel, Kristen focuses on the areas of corporate legal compliance and ABAC third-party due diligence. She regularly conducts internal ethics and compliance investigations, provides legal advice on issues involving the Company's government and regulatory compliance, and assists with the overall development and implementation of the Ethics and Compliance program, including third-party due diligence, development of the Code of Conduct and other related policies, and the creation and execution of training related to high priority compliance topics across the Company. 

Kristen is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, and recently served on the 2018 State Bar Nomination Committee. She is also the 2017-2018 President-Elect of the Wisconsin Association of African-American Lawyers (WAAL), an organization dedicated to ensuring diversity in Wisconsin’s legal community. Additionally, Kristen is a board member for the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the State Bar of Wisconsin, as well as a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE), Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), and National Bar Association (NBA). Within the Milwaukee community, Kristen serves as an Advisory Board member for GPS Education Partners, a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to developing manufacturing-specific youth apprenticeship programs throughout Wisconsin. In 2017, Kristen was awarded the Black Women Lawyers Association (BWLA) Emerging Leader Award.

Kristen received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Seton Hall University and J.D. from Marquette University Law School, where she was a member of the Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review and president of the Black Law Students Association.