Prior to entering private practice, Brook Hart was the Chief Public Defender for the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii from 1970 to 1972. In 1971, he was honored to receive the Reginald Heber Smith Award as the “Outstanding Public Defender in the Nation.” Before his service as Chief Public Defender for Hawaii, in 1966-1967 he served as law clerk to the Honorable Martin Pence, then the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii.
Mr. Hart's professional memberships include the Hawaii State Bar Association; the American Board of Criminal Lawyers; the American College of Trial Lawyers; the National and Hawaii Associations of Criminal Defense Lawyers; and the American Inns of Court IV, Hawaii.
Mr. Hart has been listed in the reference book “The Best Lawyers in America” every year since 1983, and he has also been listed in every issue of Honolulu Magazine's “Hawaii's A+ Attorneys” from 1993 to 2009. Additionally, Mr. Hart is listed in the “Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers” and “Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.” He holds the best available Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating -- AV -- which signifies “that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence” and “is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.”
Since 2005, Mr. Hart has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Hawaii School of Law, where he co-teaches the Hawaii Innocence Project seminar.