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James W. Hart
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James W. Hart


Location: Sandusky, Ohio

Phone: 419-625-8324

Fax: 419-625-9007

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Practice Emphasis:

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

Background and Profile:

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 Review 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 and the Ottawa County Bar Associations, and the Ohio State and Texas Bar Associations.

Mr. Hart served on the Sandusky City Schools Board of Education and served as President for three years. He is a current member of the Grace Church Vestry, board member of the Sandusky Education Foundation and Fireland's Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Hart resides in Sandusky. He and his wife, Mary Ellen, have three adult children. He enjoys water skiing, golf, fishing, reading, spending time with his family, and travel.

Areas of Practice

  • Trial Practice

  • Insurance Defense

  • Personal Injury

  • Criminal Defense

  • General Civil Litigation Practice

  • Will Contests


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 Review 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

  • Auto Owners Insurance Company

  • American Strategic Insurance Company

  • Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

  • Firelands Regional Medical Center

  • Civista Bank

  • The Cafaro Company

  • The Chesapeake Lofts Association

  • Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority

  • Cincinnati Insurance Company

Professional Associations and Memberships​​

  • Erie County Bar Association, Member

  • Ottawa County Bar Association, Member

  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member

  • Texas Bar Association, Member, 1980 - Present


  • Phi Delta Phi

  • Phi Kappa Psi

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