Richard H. Hart

Richard H. Hart

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Milwaukee, WI

Hart Law Office
 | 207 East Buffalo Street, Suite 201
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414-271-1775
Fax: 414-271-0457
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2006, 2009, 2019 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (50%),
  • Criminal Defense (40%),
  • Real Estate: Consumer (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Richard H. Hart practices in federal, state, and local courts in southeast Wisconsin, specializing in the areas of Family Law, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury and Real Estate. Richard was for many years the co-chair of the Milwaukee County Family Court Bench-Bar Committee as well as the former chair of the Milwaukee County Family Court Guardian ad Litem Training Committee and a board member and secretary of the LJ Folely Matrimonial Inns of court. He is a founding member of the Association of Family and Consolation Courts - Wisconsin Chapter. He is a member of the Wisconsin Criminal Defense Association and the Cooperative Law Institute for Family Law.  in addition to representing private clients, Richard is appointed as Guardian ad Litem for children and adults in juvenile, family, and probate court. Richard has and continue to provide training to lawyers in his areas of practice. 

    Richard has received the coveted AV rating from his peers for his legal ability and professional ethics and is recognized in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Who's Who of Professionals, and American Trial Lawyers Association's Top 100 Trial Attorneys.

    Richard has received recognition from the Milwaukee Bar Association for volunteer work in the community. Likewise he has been recognized by the City of Milwaukee, the County of Milwaukee and by the State of Wisconsin for his volunteer activities.

    About Richard Hart

    Admitted: 1977, Wisconsin

    Professional Webpage:


    • Selected by the American Trial Lawyers Association in 2007 as one of the top 100 Trial Lawyers., Top 100 Trial Lawyers, American Trial Lawyers Association, 2007
    • VOLUNTEER SPPOTLIGHT: Richard Hart graduated from Marquette University Law School in 1977 and has been in private practice in Milwaukee ever since. Richard has a general practice that concentrates in family law, criminal defense, probate, and real estate. He practices with his son Eric in the Historic Third Ward. Richard has accepted referrals from the MBA Modest Means Program since inception. He also receives referrals from several community service programs to assist individuals with legal questions and concerns, and provides pro bono representation. Richard has been co-chair of the MBA Bench/ Bar Circuit Court Family Comm1ttee for the past eight years. He has been chair of the Milwaukee Circuit Court Guardian ad Litem Training Program since it began 14 years ago. He is on the board and serves as treasurer of the Foley Inns of Court.   Richard has served as a program moderator and presenter in various CLE programs for the Inns of Court, as well as for MBA CLE programs in family and criminal law. He has presented programs throughout the Milwaukee community on topics such as how juveniles can avoid putting themselves at risk, and how the elderly should plan for their well-being. He has spoken to school groups on constitutional law, criminal law, and family law; and has presented CLE seminars on criminal law issues for the State Public Defender Office and the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Governor's Office, the City of Milwaukee Common Council, and the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors have each declared a ((Richard H. Hart Day" in recognition of his volunteer activities and service to youth sports organizations in the community.  Richard feels that the most important function of the programs in which he volunteers is to provide assistance to teh many people who fallthrough the financial cracks and who are unable to afford or otherwise obtain competent legal advice. He states that an issue that would be insignificant in the personal life of the attorney may be extremely important in the daily life of the individual who needs assistance. He adds that it is important that attorneys provide such assistance in order to live up to their oath to employ their training and experience to serve those who cannot afford private counsel. In addition, volunteer work promotes good relations between the legal community and the public, and helps improve the public's perception of attorneys.   For his unflagging example of how an attorney can and should give back to his community, Richard Hart has earned his turn in the Volunteer Spotlight., Volunteer Spotlighg, MBA Messenger Spring 2015, 1995

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Former Co-Chair of the Milwaukiee County Family Court Division Bench/Bar Committee. forme Member of the Milwaukee County Family Court Division GAL committee and presenter a the annual Milwaukee County Family Court Annual GAL Seminar., 2001

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Presenter at the annual Wis. SPD seminar on the topic of handling the difficult Sexually Violent Person defendant., Presenter, Handling the Difficult Sexually Violent Person defendatn, Wis. State Public Defender, 2007
    • Presenter at the WCTLA annual seminar of the topic of what modivates an attorney to take on the most difficult criminal defendants., Presenter, Modivation to Take on the Difficult Client, Wis. Criminal Trial Lawyers Assoc., 2007
    • Discussion of the impact of a recent Wis. Supreme Court decision that eliminated an obstacle in the way of grandparents seeking to obtain grandparent visitation rights during a divorcde proceeding. There is general discussion of third party visitation rights and the difference in possible grandparents visitation rights in a divorce case vs. a paternity case. Finally a review and critique of the Supreme Courts decision in this case., Co-Author with Attorney Eric Hart, Grandparents/ Visitation Just Got Easier in Divorce Cases, MBA Messenger Summer 2016 vol 2, 2016
    • Attorney Richard Hart and Attorney Eric Hart presented a CLE semiinar on the status of Seach and Seizure in light of the US Supreme Court decision in Riley v. California. The discussion centered police seizing and searching cell phones and other mobile devises. This includes discussion of the governments ability to find, monitor and even turn on cell phones and locate them., Presenter, Seach & Seizure in 2014 - Lock Your Cell Phone, Milwaukee Bar Association, 2014

    Educational Background:

    • Graduate of Michigan State Univerisy with a degree in Poltical Science, 1974

    Industry Groups

    • Board Director For LJ Foley Matrimonial Inns Of Court
    • Chair For The Milwaukee Co. Guardian Ad Litem Training Committee
    • Milwaukee Co. Family Court Bench/Bar Committee Co-Chair
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    Office Location for Richard H. Hart

    207 East Buffalo Street
    Suite 201
    Milwaukee, WI 53202

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    Last Updated: 6/22/2020

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