Jeffrey C. Hart
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Biography

Jeffrey Hart is a trial lawyer in the Ann Arbor office with 27 years of experience.

Jeffrey litigates complex commercial, employment, construction, professional liability, transportation, OSHA, and MIOSHA matters. He has represented Fortune 500 companies, cities, universities, hospitals, physician groups, and individuals in civil, regulatory, and criminal matters. In addition, he has experience with maritime law, including the Jones Act and the U.S. Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, representing shipping concerns and waterway terminal owners.

Jeffrey serves as lead counsel for a Fortune 500 beverage company, a national specialty gas/propane company, and crane companies in large-scale crane accident cases. He also handles commercial litigation, employment, and general liability matters for major companies in various industries, including sports equipment and transportation. He has tried more than 280 cases before various administrative agencies, judges, and juries. He has also argued cases before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Michigan Court of Appeals, and the Illinois Appellate Court.

Jeffrey provides pro bono legal services to Detroit’s homeless population via Homeless Experience Legal Protection (H.E.L.P.). His involvement with Project H.E.L.P. Detroit spans 10 years and includes fundraising for the Pope Francis Center at Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church in Detroit.

Jeffrey earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

 

Practice Philosophy

Knowing your client, their matter, and your opponent from the outset is essential in pursuing a successful client representation. Understanding the risk and reward calculus and communicating it – early and often – is critical in leveraging successful outcomes.

 

Publications

Michigan’s Paid Medical Leave – A Year Out published by The National Law Review

Experience

Previously, Jeffrey was a partner at an Am Law 100 firm based in California and an Am 100 firm based in New York. He was of counsel to an Am Law 200 firm in Chicago.

Member of the Editorial Board of the Loyola Consumer Law Reporter, 1994-1995

Member of Consumer Law Review Advisory Board, 2009-2010

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Admitted

U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, 2021

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, 2016

State Bar of Michigan, 2006

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 2006

6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 2001

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 2000

7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1999

Illinois State Bar Association, 1995

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1995

Education

Loyola University Chicago School of Law (J.D., 1995)

Michigan State University, (B.A., 1992)

Affiliations

American Bar Association

Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Illinois Defense Counsel (IDC)

State Bar of Michigan