Russell Holiday Hart, Jr.


Russell Holiday Hart, Jr.



Russell Holiday Hart, Jr., was born in Chicago, Illinois, on May 1, 1928. After graduating (1946) from Thornton Township High School in Harvey, Illinois, Hart enrolled at DePaul University in Greencastle, Indiana. He received his B.A. in economics from DePaul in 1950. After college, Hart spent a year in the General Electric Business Training program in Bridgeport, Connecticut, before entering the US Army (1951-1953). Once discharged from the Army, Hart enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law. While in law school, Hart served on the editorial board of the Indiana Law Journal (v.30-31), was elected Order of the Coif, and received his JD in 1956.

After law school, Hart joined the Lafayette, Indiana, firm Stuart, Devol, Branigin & Ricks. He remained with the firm for the next 40 years. He would ultimately rise to Senior Partner and would head the firm’s litigation practice. Over the years he developed an expertise representing railroad companies and in providing civil, environmental, and insurance litigation.

Service was always a priority for Russell Hart. He served as President of the Indiana State Bar Association, President of the Indiana Defense Lawyers Association, and President of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel. He was a fellow of the Indiana Bar Foundation, the American Bar Foundation, and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, to name just a few organizations. Hart was honored by the Governor of Indiana as a Sagamore of the Wabash for his professional and community service activities and was honored by the Indiana Bar Foundation with its 2007 Legendary Lawyer Award. Russell Holiday Hart was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1997.

Russell Hart died in 2022.


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