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Peter Hart

Personal injury Attorney at West Chester, PA

5.0   17 reviews

also known as Peter J. Hart

  • State Years
    Pennsylvania - PA 50 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 50 years
  • Licensed for 50 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1973
    Status
    Retired No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 50 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1973
    Status
    Unknown No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Peter

Learn Peter’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    55%
    Personal injury cases are an umbrella type categorery which includes within all types of injury cases caused by the carelessness of others. Auto crashes, animal attack, fall down cases and medical negligence cases are included therein. This is my only area of practice.

    45 years, 1,200 cases

  2. Car accident
    23%
    I represent people injured in car crashes in the Philadelphia area. Due to my thirty years of practice in this area i have become well educated in the dynamics of auto collisions including accident reconstruction and the types of physical injuiees suffered by my clients and how these injuries impact their lives, sometimes in the most profound ways.

    45 years, 660 cases

  3. Slip and fall accident
    15%
    Premises liability cases involve people who usually suffer serious injuries due to trip or fall occurrences caused by the property owner either creating or leaving in place a "dangerous condition" which should have either been fixed or, at the very least, warned the public of its existence.

    42 years, 210 cases

  4. Medical malpractice
    5%
    I represent victims injured by the negligent conduct of doctors, hospitals and health care providers. My medical experience comes from dealing with thousands of victims over the years who have suffered injuries due to negligent care and also from having represented doctors and hospitals in medical malpractice lawsuits.

    40 years, 240 cases

  5. Motorcycle accident
    2%
    I represent victims involved in motorcycle accidents. I have owned motorcycles and have learned from years of practice about the dangers involved in their operations and the problems other drivers can cause for motorcycle operators.

    45 years, 45 cases

Peter Hart has been working in the trenches for many, many years fighting insurance companies to ensure that his injured clients are fully and fairly compensated for their harms and losses due to others' negligent actions. He currently practices in West Chester, Pennsylvania at the law firm of Karp & Hart, P.C., handling accident and medical malpractice cases.

 

Mr. Hart is a former Chester County Assistant District Attorney and Pennsylvania Deputy Attorney General in the Civil Torts Litigation Division, is a past President of the Chester County Bar Association and presently chairs its Civil Litigation Section as well as serves as the Chairman of the Civil Rules Committee.

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Location

Karp & Hart Law Offices
19 Turner Lane
Suite A
West Chester, PA, 19380

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Reviews

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Posted by Lois | March 12, 2015
Perfect rapport and professionalism
One must not wait until an emergency arises to seek the counsel of a reputable attorney; with that in mind I sought good counsel and found Peter Hart,Esq. whose straightforward responses to my legal issues was gratifying in this era of misinformation and unprofessional incompetence. Mr. Hart personally returns calls to clients and does not begin then transfer a client to a colleague. I was concerned with a possible medical malpractice matterand Mr.Hart's advice was valuable...a good lawyer, like a good doctor, is a must.
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Posted by Nicholas | June 2, 2014
Amazing Lawyer with Excellent Values
I have worked numerous times with Peter Hart. I have seen him deal with other clients as well. He is not one to waste anybody's time and with his years of experience he knows his stuff. He has done a lot of good for some very unjustified people like myself. With Peter Hart on your side you have an Attorney and a friend.
Posted by Nicholas | November 11, 2013
Peter Hart - Attorney at Law
Peter Hart has shared incredible information with me. He is a master of his legal field. Do I think his services are worth paying for? YES! If you need a personal injury lawyer, the firm of Karp and Hart have years of experience as well as a reputable radio show called 'Legal Talk,' which airs on the West Chester station WCHE 1520 AM. It is the longest running legal talk show in the United States. The videos on his website and youtube channel are also incredibly insightful, free, valuable information from a reputable source.
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Posted by Sandin | January 2, 2012
Strongly Recommend
I strongly recommend Mr. Peter Hart. The reason why I say this is because he got a great settlement for me in my warehouse accident case in Philadelphia! He worked for me like I was part of his family. He took almost 2 years to finish my case but he made sure it was done right. He is not the kind of person who tries to settle a case quick in just a few weeks and then move on to another case. My injury was in Pennsylvania but I live in the state of Arizona. I went online and found a site called AVVO and I chose to use Mr Hart- that was one of the best things I ever did in my life. Thank you, Mr Peter Hart
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Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2011
Excellent, Experienced, Empathetic to Clients
Mr. Hart took all the burden off me for dealing with insurance companies after my car accident. I suffered brain trauma and couldn't deal with anything. He took care of the case while I took care of myself and went to rehab and specialists of every kind. He kept me informed and when I lost my job of 15 years because of my injuries, he happened to call that day and was extremely empathetic and listened while I cried. He has such a heart for his clients yet is very aggressive with the opposition and in getting the case settled asap. You are more than just another client or a number. Awesome attorney and I highly recommend him to anyone needing one in his area of expertise.
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Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2009
Peter Hart
Peter did a great job and is very detail oriented. He explained the legal process to me in plain English so I could understand what was going to happen, when it was going to happen, and what documentation I needed to provide. He helped me obtain the other information that was needed for my case also.
Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2009
Peer and attorney
Peter Hart is both a peer and my attorney. He was my only choice for representation in a personal injury matter. Peter Hart's reputation as an excellent attorney precedes him and is justified.
Posted by anonymous | July 25, 2009
Wonderful lawyer with a heart!
Peter Hart is most excellent for standing up for his clients, and in seeking justice where there is injust. I'd highly recommend Peter Hart to anyone that has been hurt due to someone else's carelessness in auto injury or other circumstances.
Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2009
wonderful
Great lawyer with an encyclopedic knowledge of tort law. He really helped me and saved me.
Posted by anonymous | April 15, 2009
Life after a auto accident !
Mr. Hart did a very wonderful job handling my case in the fact that he took care of me and helped me to get the help that I needed after the accident, Mr. Hart help with getting me in touch with a workers comp attorney and a Disability attorney. Mr.Hart also helped me to keep my with about my person, when ever I had a question all I had to do is pick up the phone and call Mr. Hart. Mr. Hart or his office staff would help get the answers that I would have for them. In all I would highly recommend Mr. Hart to any one that needs help any time he will do right by you and your love ones. I would like to THANK Mr. Hart and his Law practice once again for everthing that they did for me after my accident.
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Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2009
Peter Hart
I had a great experience using Peter Hart in my auto injury case. He was very supportive and provided me with support throughout the entire case. I was able to win my case. Peter was instrumental in assisting me throughout the entire process.
Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2009
My experience working with Peter Hart in a personal injury accident case.
Outstanding in all areas. He took us through all the steps in a clear, professional manner and eliminated any stressful situations. I would highly recommend Peter to anybody who needs a lawyer in his area of expertise.
Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2009
Medical malpractice
Mr. Hart was honest, knowledgeable and relentless in getting my case resolved. I would highly recommend him. Having never been involved in anything like this before I put my life in his hands and he didn't let me down.
Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2009
A true professional who actually returns calls
Although my case was not worthy of pursuing in court or through insurance, Mr. Hart was a true professional who was honest and didn't waste my time or lead me to believe that my medical claim was worthy of a law suit. He was always quick to return my calls, and spent considerable time on the phone with me reviewing the details of my own medical misfortune, explained the release and consent that I signed, and very respectfully told me that the case had little or no chance of succeeding in court. I believe many lawyers would have taken the case just to "see what happens" and wasted a lot of time, resources, and put me through the humiliation of depositions, trial, etc.
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Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2009
A Trustworthy Guide Through The Legal Quagmire
Peter has been totally honest and above board in dealing with the aftermath of my accident. He professionally dealt with the vehicle insurance companies, staying true to our mission despite legal obstacles placed in his path by the state of Maryland. Peter has been my faithful advocate and has fought for all that was due me. Our relationship is based upon trust and professionalism ... and it is strong. If you feel that you have been wronged, Peter Hart will do his best to put everything right.
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Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2009
Excellent representation with quick and just results
My teen-aged daughter was in a car accident caused by a driver who was intoxicated. She sustained permanent disfigurement to her face and and a life-changing series of circumstances resulting from this incident. Selecting an attorney for such a personal injury requires a series of thoughtful interviews. Some attorney's, in a desire to get business, will tell you what a wonderful case you have with the hope that you will stop the interviewing process and select them. We met with Mr. Hart who reviewed the facts and candidly informed us of the pros and cons of our case. This refreshingly honest approach convinced me that a person who was straightforward with us would be a reliable and honest person to work with and he was my immediate selection. After our initial meeting with Mr. Hart he promptly gathered information from the police while negotiating with the insurance company. Mr. Hart dealt professionally with us and the other attorney's involved and arrived at a timely settlemen
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Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2009
Rating of Peter Hart, Esq.
I retained Peter Hart as my attorney to help me with two complicated automobile accidents within a 10 year period. Both times, Peter was very knowledgeable and honest with me throughout both proceedings. I would definitely recommend Peter to anyone in need of an attorney.
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 25%-40%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Karp and Hart, PC
  • 1989 - Present
  • Managing Attorney, Harrisburg Pa
  • Post & Schell
  • 1987 - 1989
  • associate attorney
  • Lawrence Grant and Assoc.
  • 1985 - 1987
  • Deputy General Counsel
  • Pa Office Of Attorney General
  • 1981 - 1985
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Education

  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1900
  • Temple University
  • B.S.
  • 1900

Sample of Legal Cases

  • confidential v. Stafford, et. al
  • $550,000
  • confidential v. Stafford, et. al
  • $550,000
  • confidential v. confidential
  • $736,000
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Associations

  • Access to Justice program for indigents
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2009 - Present
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of S.E. PA
  • Big Brother
  • 2009 - Present
  • Chester County Court of Common Pleas
  • Chairman, Civil Litigation Rules Committee
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Heart Association
  • Volunteer
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Cancer Association
  • fund raising volunteer
  • 2007 - Present
  • Chester County Bar Association
  • Chairman, Civil Litigation Committee
  • 2002 - Present
  • Chester County Bar Association
  • Chairman Peoples Law School Program
  • 1992 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Chester County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present
  • Chester County Bar Association
  • President
  • 1999 - 1999
  • Brandywine Valley Ski Association
  • President
  • 1998 - 1998
  • Big Brothers/BigSisters S.E Pennsylvania
  • Board of Directors and member
  • 1993 - 2003
  • Chester County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 1992 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Attorney Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
  • Main Line Today Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top Attorney personal Injury and Personal Injury
  • Main Line Today Magazine
  • 2014
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent (highest rating)
  • Lexis Nexis Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Top Attorney, Personal Injury Law
  • MainlineToday Magazine
  • 2012
  • Top Attoney medical Negligence & personal injury
  • Main Line Today Magazine
  • 2011
  • Awesome Attorney
  • Suburban Life Magazine
  • 2011
  • Top Attorney personal injury & medical negligence
  • Main Line Today Magazine
  • 2010
  • Awesome Attorney personal injury
  • Suburban Life Magazine
  • 2010
  • Top Lawyer, personal injury and medical malpractice
  • Main Line Today Magazine
  • 2009
  • Top Lawyer, personal injury and medical malpratice
  • Main Line Today Magazine
  • 2007
  • Board of Directors Award
  • Chester County Bar Association
  • 2005
  • Board of Directors Award
  • Chester County Bar Assoctiation
  • 1991
  • Loyola Law Review
  • Loyola Law School
  • 1900
  • La Nasa Greco Foundation Scholarship -
  • Loyola Law School
  • 1900
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Publications

  • Loyola Law Review
  • Speech and Debate Clause-In Search of a Standard
  • 1900

Speaking Engagements

  • lawyer seminar
  • Negligence law and Drones
  • 2015
  • Continuing Education
  • Auto Insurance Law
  • 2013
  • Spring Bench Bar Conference
  • Your First Trial
  • 2012
  • Chester County Bar Association Conference
  • Trial of a Personal injuryCase
  • 2012
  • OLLI continuing education
  • Trial-Beginning to End
  • 2011
  • Peoples Law School
  • PennsylvaniaPersonal Injury law
  • 2010
  • Peoples Law School
  • trial tactics
  • 2009
  • Chester County District Justices' Conference
  • Trial Evidence
  • 2006
  • Civil Litigation
  • trial tactics
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (16)
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Personal injury Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Fellow lawyer in community"
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Peter for many years. He is an excellent communicator and top-notch litigator."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Peter for years, and he is diligent, knowledgeable and effective. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter has been helping people who have been injured by others for many, many years. His knowledge is without question, but what separates him from others is his compassion for his clients. I highly recommend Peter."
Car accident Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Peter for 20 years, and I highly recommend him. He is professional, dedicated and extremely knowledgeable."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred all of my personal injury, medical malpractice and auto accident matters to Peter Hart, Esquire, for over fifteen years. I had initiallysubmitted these cases prior to meeting Peter based on his outstanding reputation in the local legal community and since that time I have had the pleasure of communicating directly with him regarding referrals over many years. He has handled these matters and clients in an extremely professional and conscientious manner. If he is unable to undertake a case he fully explains the reason why to the potential client and I have never had a client complain that he/she has felt their case wasn't completely reviewed."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Peter for many years and have referred Medical Malpractice clients to him. Peter is a talented and respected litigator whom I highly endorse."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Peter both personally and professionally for over 30 years. The best way to measure my endorsement of his competence as a personal injury lawyer is the fact that I have referred many of my clients to him. He has never let me down."
Personal injury Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse this lawyer's work. I have worked with Mr. Hart on several cases and he has consistently produced favorable results. Mr. Hart's knowledge of personal injury litigation and related matters is 2nd to none."
Personal injury Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter is a great attorney and I highly recommend him."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the best in the area."
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