Mr. Hart serves as Of Counsel in the firm’s Commercial Practice Group. His practice is focused on the representation of publicly-held and closely-held businesses in the areas of commercial litigation and transactions. Mr. Hart’s experience in business provides him with a unique insight into identifying and solving the problems business owners and companies face in today’s competitive environment. Mr. Hart previously served as President and General Counsel of a toy company and owner of his own marketing business.
Mr. Hart has handled a diverse list of litigation matters on behalf of the firm’s clients including: trade secret and non-compete agreements, ERISA violations, UCC Article 1 and 3, wrongful termination, partnership and minority shareholder disputes, RICO violations, real estate limited partnership contract disputes and a variety of contractual disputes. Mr. Hart ’s extensive litigation experience also provides him with an invaluable perspective on contract negotiation and drafting where he has counseled the firm’s clients in their private placement transactions, leasing transactions and venture capital transactions.
From 1990-1992, Mr. Hart was a Partner in the law firm of Handler & Hart, a predecessor firm to Handler Thayer, LLP. Prior to that he was a Partner in the internationally prominent aviation law firm, Condon & Forsyth in Los Angeles, California, where he was responsible for managing litigation matters for the firm’s clients in many jurisdictions across the United States.
Mr. Hart earned a Bachelor of Sciences in Administration degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and a Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois.