Aris X. Hart is a staff attorney in Baron & Budd’s Opioid Litigation Group. He joined Baron & Budd in 2021 to participate in the fight against the opioid epidemic.
Mr. Hart was born in North Carolina and moved to Washington, D.C. to attend American University for college. While at American, Mr. Hart worked at a boutique lobbying firm that specialized in education policy issues, namely advocating for funding for “federally-connected” school districts. Federally-connected school districts serve substantial numbers of children who live on military bases or on Tribal lands, neither of which are subject to state property taxes. These schools serve more children with less revenue sources, and fight every year for federal appropriations from Congress. Observing firsthand the ongoing need of hundreds of thousands of children for aggressive and enthusiastic political support inspired Mr. Hart to go to law school so that he could affect real change for ordinary people. He believes strongly that everyone deserves a dedicated advocate in their corner.
A first-generation attorney, Mr. Hart earned his Juris Doctor in 2020 from George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia. In addition to excelling in a tax law concentration while at GMU, he was president of the GMU Black Law Student’s Association and won an oral advocacy award in trial advocacy. He also helped entrepreneurial clients start their own businesses and navigate common pitfalls in the GMU Innovation Law Clinic. Mr. Hart was honored to have his article, Slavery with Extra Steps: Why Prison Labor as Criminal Punishment Encourages Government Rent-Seeking, accepted for publication in the GMU Journal of Law, Economics, and Policy in 2021.
After becoming a lawyer, Mr. Hart did a variety of tax work to assist individuals navigating the significant financial impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, those affected by record unemployment, and new tax law changes. He found that helping people harmed financially during the pandemic was incredibly gratifying. In fact, what led Mr. Hart to Baron & Budd was the firm’s aggressive representation of people and communities irrefutably harmed by the perpetrators of the opioid epidemic.
When he is not working, Mr. Hart serves on the board of a nonprofit that provides the District of Columbia-Maryland-Virginia community with exposure to artistic dance opportunities and performances. He is also teaching himself to play the piano.
George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia (J.D., 2020)
American University, Washington, D.C. (B.A., 2017)
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Thacher Trial Advocacy Competition, Best Oral Advocate (2018)