Jon "Shot" Hart '73
Treasurer, ELCA Southeastern Synod Representative
Office: Savannah, GA
J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 1976
B.S., Economics - Newberry College, 1973
R. Jonathan "Shot" Hart has been associated with the law firm of Lee and Clark, P.C. since 1976. In 1982 he became a partner with the firm, and in 1989 he became managing partner of Lee, Black, Hart & Rouse, P.C. His specialized field of practice includes diverse areas of civil litigation on behalf of business and institutional clients, and representation of clients in commercial conflict resolution; workers compensation; employment discrimination law, Title VII; sexual harassment; class actions; products liability; ERISA claims; insurance defense litigation (including common carriers); commercial contract litigation; and land use planning matters. His criminal law representation is limited to representation required by order of the Federal District Court and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Hart has also served as the Recorders Court Judge pro tem - Rincon, Ga.; Recorders Court Judge pro tem - Port Wentworth, Ga.; Georgia Special Assistant Attorney General (Georgia Ports Authority); attorney for Savannah/Chatham County Board of Education; and attorney for Chatham County Hospital Authority (1996-1999). Currently, he is the attorney for Chatham County, Ga. (1999 to present).
His professional memberships include: American Bar Association, Savannah Bar Association, State Bar of Georgia, South Carolina Bar Association, South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, American Bar Association Section on Judicial Administration Division, American Bar Association Division of Labor and Employment Law, American Bar Association Section on Litigation, Georgia Bar Association Section on Environmental Law, Labor and Employment Law Section and Workers' Compensation Law Section, and Pro Bono work for Lawyers Referral Service.
Hart graduated from Newberry College in 1973, and the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1976. During his time at USC, he was a Research Assistant to Walter A. Reiser, Law Professor; assisted in the preparation of text materials and civil procedure involving South Carolina Code pleadings; and a research assistant for the compilation of cases to be used for publication of Wigmore on Evidence (1974-1976). At Newberry College, he was a recipient of a four-year full athletic scholarship and lettered three years as a member of the varsity football; a member of Blue Key Honor Fraternity; Senior Class President; Student Senate Representative; President of Fellowship Christian Athletes; Student Representative to the Arts and Lecture Committee Curriculum and Faculty Evaluation Committee; and President of the Student Advisory Committee.
In the community, he is a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, council person for Messiah Lutheran Church, former member of the Board of Newberry College Foundation, former member of YMCA Family Center Board, active participant for over 13 years in YMCA and other youth-related sports programs, active participant in the United Cerebral Palsy Association, and a member of the Civitan Club.