James W. Hart

James W. Hart

Sandusky, Ohio


Trial Practice, Insurance Defense, Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, and general Civil Litigation Practice, including Will Contests and Family Law.


Mr. Hart received his B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1973, his M.A. from the University of Cincinnati in 1975 and his J.D. from St. Mary's University School of Law in 1980. His academic honors include Law Journal membership, Phi Delta Phi membership and he received the American Jurisprudence Award.

Mr. Hart was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1980, the Ohio Bar in 1981, the bar for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1981, the bar for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in 1982, the bar for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1985, and the bar for the United States Supreme Court in 1992. He is a member of the following bar associations: Erie County and Ohio State. He is also a member of the Defense Research Institute, the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys and the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

Mr. Hart is a former sixteen year member of the Sandusky City Schools Board of Education and served three years as president of that board. He is a past member of the Grace Church Vestry, having served as Senior Warden, and is a past board member of Campfire, Inc. of Erie County.

Mr. Hart resides in Sandusky. He and his wife, Mary Ellen, have three children. He enjoys water skiing, snow skiing, golf, fishing, tennis, reading and travel.

Areas of Practice

  • Trial Practice
  • Insurance Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Defense
  • General Civil Litigation Practice
  • Will Contests
  • Family Law.

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1980
  • Ohio, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1992


  • St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1980
    • Honors: Law Journal membership
    • Honors: American Jurisprudence Award
  • Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1973
  • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • M.A., Master of Arts - 1975

Representative Clients

  • Aetna Insurance Company
  • Cincinnati Insurance Company
  • Medical Protective Insurance Company
  • Nationwide Insurance Company


  • George Mayor, Society Bank President, Sandusky, Ohio
  • George Mylander, Former Mayor, Sandusky, Ohio
  • Gene Kleindienst, Superintendent, Sandusky, Ohio

Honors and Awards

  • American Jurisprudence Award Winner
  • All Conference Football Player at Ohio Wesleyan University

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, Member, 1983 - Present
  • Defense Research Institute, Member, 1985 - Present
  • Texas Bar Association, Member, 1980 - Present
  • Sandusky City Schools, Sandusky, Ohio, Pres. of Bd of Educ., Member, 1985 - 1990
  • Grace Episcopal Church Vestry, Member, 1988 - 1990
  • Mylander Foundation, Member, 1990 - Present
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Member
  • Erie County Bar Association, Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Past Board Member of Campfire, Inc. of Erie County


  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Phi Kappa Psi
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