Richard H. Hart

Top rated Family Law attorney in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Hart Law Office
Richard H. Hart
Hart Law Office

Practice Areas: Family Law, Criminal Defense, Business & Corporate; view more

Licensed in Wisconsin since: 1977

Education: Marquette University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2006, 2009, 2019 - 2022

Hart Law Office

207 East Buffalo Street
Suite 201
Milwaukee, WI 53202 Visit website


Attorney Richard H. Hart is the founder and owner of Hart Law Office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Nationally recognized as among the top attorneys in the country, Mr. Hart has more than 43 years of total legal experience, and he provides unmatched representation and support to clients throughout the greater Milwaukee metro and surrounding counties who have legal needs involving any of the following:

· Family law and divorce

· Business law

· Criminal law

· Personal injury

· Wills and probate

· Real estate law

· General litigation

Having established his law firm in 1977 and spent his entire career there, Mr. Hart has become a highly trusted and valued member of his community, and he has volunteered his time and services for numerous civic and charitable organizations in his region. So influential has he been in his area, the governor's office, along with the city and county of Milwaukee, enacted "Richard H. Hart Day," honoring him for his outstanding pro bono work and selfless service.

Very few attorneys can claim to have a day named after them, and it lends credence to Mr. Hart's level of character, integrity and service. It is these virtues and more that he employs through his firm to help his clients achieve the favorable outcomes they expect and deserve during some of the most difficult and uncertain times in their lives.

In further recognition of his professionalism and success as an attorney, Mr. Hart has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell and a listing in both the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and the National Register's Who's Who in Executives and Professionals. He has also received consistent other top rankings and endorsements from his peers along with numerous testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

A 1974 graduate of Michigan State University, Mr. Hart obtained his Juris Doctor from Marquette University Law School in 1977. He holds his license to practice in Michigan and Wisconsin, and he is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin and the Western District of Michigan, as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Hart is an active member of several local, state and national legal organizations, including the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. He once served as chair of the Milwaukee County Family Court Bench/Bar Committee, and he helps to organize and moderate the court's guardian ad litem annual training seminars.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Family Law, Criminal Defense, Business/Corporate, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Real Estate: Consumer

Focus areas

Adoption, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Business Formation and Planning, Business Organizations, Child Support, Condominiums & Cooperatives, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Failure to Pay Child Support, Father's Rights, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Juvenile Law, Landlord/Tenant, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Misdemeanor, Mortgage & Refinance, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Paternity, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Prenuptial Agreements, Probation, Same Sex Family Law, Sex Offenses, Short Sale, Theft, Traffic Violations

  • 50% Family Law
  • 20% Criminal Defense
  • 10% Business/Corporate
  • 10% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10% Real Estate: Consumer

First Admitted: 1977, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage:

  • Organizes and Moderates the Milwaukee County Family Court Guardian ad Litem Annual Training Seminars. Former chair of the Milwaukee County Family Court Bench/Bar Committee
  • Listed in Super Lawyers, the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™, the National Register of Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals for 2001 and the National Register of Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals for 2002
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated™ by Martindale-Hubbell® 
  • 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 SPOTLIGHT: 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 Committee 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 Spotlight, MBA Messenger Spring 2015, 1995
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Athletic Director of the Mother of Good Counsel Athletic Association
  • Sherman Park Community Association
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • Michigan
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Wisconsin
  • Wis. Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • L J Foley Matrimonial Inns of Court
  • Cooperative Law Institute of Wisconsin
  • International Society of Family Lawyers
  • Former Co-Chair of the Milwaukee County Family Court Division Bench/Bar Committee. Former Member of the Milwaukee County Family Court Division GAL committee and presenter at the annual Milwaukee County Family Court Annual GAL Seminar., 2001
  • American Arbitration Association
  • Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
Educational Background:
  • Graduate of Michigan State University, B.S. in Criminal Justice and Political Science, 1974
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 defendant, Wis. State Public Defender, 2007
  • Presenter at the WCTLA annual seminar of the topic of what motivates an attorney to take on the most difficult criminal defendants., Presenter, Motivation 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 divorce 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 seminar on the status of Search 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, Search & Seizure in 2014 - Lock Your Cell Phone, Milwaukee Bar Association, 2014
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

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“Richard is an extremely well respected attorney in Milwaukee for over 40 years. I am amazed at all the kind things that are said about him by judges, court clerks, and other attorneys in the community.”

“Well respected throughout the entire legal system.”

Office location for Richard H. Hart

207 East Buffalo Street
Suite 201
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone: 414-271-1775


7 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2006, 2009, 2019 - 2022

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