Mike Hart is a partner in the law firm of Taylor Porter. Mr. Hart joined the firm in 1984 upon his graduation from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Mr. Hart received his Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy in 1975 with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering.
Before entering law school, Mr. Hart served on active duty in the U.S. Army for six years. After graduation from West Point, and completion of the Airborne, Ranger, and Field Artillery Officer Basic Courses, he served as a Reconnaissance Officer and Battery Executive Officer with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in its border patrol mission on the border with East Germany. After returning to the United States, he commanded a self-propelled field artillery battery in the 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized).
Mr. Hart is a member of the Baton Rouge and Louisiana State Bar Associations, and the Defense Research Institute, where he served as the Chair of the Agricultural, Construction, Mining and Industrial Equipment (ACMIE) Subcommittee of the Products Liability Committee. He has served as an Assistant Examiner for the Louisiana State Supreme Court Committee on Bar Admissions. Mr. Hart was selected for inclusion in Louisiana Super Lawyers.
Mr. Hart is a licensed pilot. He has actively supported the Istrouma Council of the Boy Scouts of America and served in leadership positions ranging from Den Leader to Vice-President, and Chairman of the Camping Committee at the Council level. He served Louisiana as the USMA Admissions Representative for over fifteen years and helped over thirty young men and women from the Baton Rouge area gain admission to West Point. His other hobbies include golf, travel, reading, and hunting.
Mr. Hart’s practice areas include civil and appellate litigation with an emphasis on products liability and commercial litigation involving product performance, casualty litigation and insurance coverage. Because of his engineering background he has been called on by the firm’s clients on numerous occasions to defend serious vehicular accident cases that involve not only serious injuries or multiple fatalities, but also those that include product defect issues in causing either the accident or the enhanced injuries suffered by passengers.