Member Profile: Hon. Joseph H. Hart

Hon. Joseph H. Hart
Arbitration Offices
1403 West 9th
Austin, TX 78703
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Tel: (512) 481-0831
Fax: (512) 473-0831
Website: www.joehartlaw.com

TX Chapter: www.TexasNeutrals.org

ADR Services Include:

Arbitration; Mini-Trial Judge; Special Master

 

Hon. Joseph H. Hart has substantive case experience in the following areas...

Banking & Finance
Civil Rights
Class Actions
Commercial/Business
Construction
Consumer Fraud
Contract Disputes
Debt Collections
Eminent Domain
Employment
Energy Sector (Oil, Gas)
Environmental
Family Businesses
Health Care
Insurance
Intellectual Property
Labor/Unions
Landlord/Tenant
Legal Malpractice
Libel & Slander
Local Govt./Municipalities
Medical Malpractice
Personal Injury
Probate
Product Liability
Professional Fees
Professional Liability
Professional Malpractice
Public Policy
Real Estate
Torts
Trusts / Estates

 

BIOGRAPHICAL:

Joseph H. Hart is a full time arbitrator and special (or 'private judge'). Prior to establishing his fulltime practice, Judge Hart was senior counsel with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld L.L.P. in Austin, Texas, where his primary practice was as an arbitrator and mediator.

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.

EDUCATION:

  • 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.

ADR TRAINING:

  • 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

Judge Hart is a former president of the Robert W. Calvert Chapter of the American Inns of Court (1992-1993). He was named the Travis County Bar Association Distinguished Lawyer of the Year Award for 2000. From 1983 to 1998 he served as a director of Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, which honored him by naming an award in his honor. The Joseph H. Hart Award will be given each year to the law firm that has demonstrated integrity in and commitment to providing legal services to the poor. Judge Hart has been very active over the years in civic matters. He was a founding director of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), which provides volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children in court. In addition, he was a founding director of the Austin Lyric Opera and a former president of the Heritage Society of Austin.

Rates

Please concact Judge Hart directly by telephone at 514.481.0831 or by email at joe@joehartlaw.com

 

Hon. Joseph H. Hart is a member of our TX chapter, The Texas Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, the state's premier roster of attorney mediators and arbitrators. The TADN profile includes more specific local information, such as counties and regions served, and can be visited directly at www.TexasNeutrals.org/joseph-hart

 

 
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