Attorney Taylor M. Hart practices criminal defense exclusively and handles a wide variety of cases including those involving allegations of domestic violence, drug possession and related offenses, burglary, theft, OWI, sexual assault, and homicide.
Attorney Hart is a skilled and accomplished trial attorney. He is a recipient of the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Hanson Memorial Advocate’s Prize, which is presented to attorneys “who have accomplished the rare and difficult task of winning a criminal homicide case.” He has also been named a Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Attorney by The National Trial Lawyers, a 10 Best Criminal Law Attorney by The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, and has been given the Belle Case La Follette Award by the Wisconsin Law Foundation and the Clients’ Choice Award by Avvo.
The trial for which Attorney Hart won the Hanson Prize involved a count of first-degree intentional homicide, the most serious crime under Wisconsin law. Taylor was featured on WKOW 27 News after that victory. He also recently obtained acquittals on all counts in a case involving charges of first-degree sexual assault of a child, incest, child enticement, and exposing genitals to a child. Attorney Hart’s client in that case was facing a mandatory minimum sentence of at least 25 years in prison if convicted.
Taylor is a native of California. He graduated magna cum laude from California State University San Marcos in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology & Justice Studies. Following college, Attorney Hart attended University of Wisconsin Law School, where he represented clients incarcerated at Wisconsin’s federal prison in Oxford. He also worked for the State Public Defender’s Office in Baraboo. In 2016, Attorney Hart graduated law school with a degree of Juris Doctor. Attorney Taylor M. Hart joined Martinez & Ruby, LLP, in 2017.
In addition to, and because of, his success at trial, Attorney Hart has a lengthy record of negotiating dismissals of cases pre-trial, thereby saving his clients the anxiety, risk, and expense associated with trial. He has had numerous cases dismissed with charges ranging in severity from disorderly conduct and OWI to burglary and sexual assault.