Before joining Akin Gump, Judge Hart served for seventeen years as judge of the 126th District Court of Travis County, Texas. His fellow judges elected him presiding judge of the Travis County District Courts in 1995. After being appointed to the bench, Judge Hart was named in each successive Travis County Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Poll as the top-rated judge.
Judge Hart's practice focuses on international and domestic arbitration, mediation, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, including summary jury trials and trial by special judge (see, Tex. Civil Practice and Remedies Code, Ch, 151). Areas of alternative dispute resolution practice include business torts; business, commercial and contract law; family law; probate disputes; civil rights; construction; consumer/DTPA; creditor/debtor; eminent domain/condemnation; employment/labor; environmental/mass tort; health; insurance; intellectual property; landlord/tenant; libel/slander/defamation; legal, medical and professional malpractice; oil and gas/energy; personal injury; products liability; real estate; and regulatory/governmental. Additionally, he serves as a judge in mock hearings that are designed to assist parties in the presentation of judicial arguments before the court.
As a judge, he was instrumental in the design and implementation of the alternative dispute resolution systems now in place in the Travis County court system. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Hart engaged in general civil trial and appellate practice before the Texas and U.S. trial, intermediate appellate and Supreme Courts. In the early 1970s he served as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice Organized Crime Section in the Cleveland, Ohio, Strike Force.
- Banking & Finance
- Civil Rights
- Class Actions
- Consumer Fraud
- Contract Disputes
- Debt Collections
- Eminent Domain
- Energy Sector (Oil/Gas)
- Family Businesses
- Health Care
- Intellectual Property
- Legal Malpractice
- Libel & Slander
- Local Govt./Municipalities
- Medical Malpractice
- Personal Injury
- Product Liability
- Professional Fees
- Professional Liability
- Professional Malpractice
- Public Policy
- Real Estate
- Trusts / Estates
- B.A. University of Texas. - 1963
- J.D. University of Texas. - 1966
He participated in continuing judicial education at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, and with the Texas Center for the Judiciary.
- American Academy of Attorney-Mediators, Inc.
- Travis County Dispute Resolution Center
- Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution
- SPIDR-Advanced Mediation
- Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (International Arbitration)
- International Chamber of Commerce.
- American Bar Association, Arbitration
Memberships & Affiliations
Please concact Judge Hart directly by telephone at 514.481.0831 or by email at email@example.com