ShareThis Page

Hart returns to Pittsburgh law firm

| Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Former U.S. Rep. Melissa Hart, a Republican who lost her 4th District seat in November, has gone back to a Pittsburgh-based law firm where she worked before entering national politics.

Even so, Hart -- who served three terms in Congress and was considered a rising star before her defeat -- hasn't ruled out trying to win back the seat from U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire, D-McCandless, in 2008.

"I'm giving it thought," she said. "I've had a lot of people ask me to run again."

The law firm of Keevican Weiss Bauerle & Hirsch announced Tuesday that Hart was rejoining the firm, effective immediately.

Hart, 45, of Bradford Woods, said she will specialize in general practice and business development.

"The reason I like public service is because it involves solving problems. That's what lawyers do," she said.

Hart also will be spending time as a fellow at the Commonwealth Foundation, a conservative think tank, working on ideas for "cutting government spending and reining in big government."

It's not surprising the law firm wanted Hart back, said Joseph DiSarro, chairman of the political science department at Washington & Jefferson College.

"She brings a great deal to a law firm," he said. "Whether you hire a (former) legislator or someone from the executive branch -- state or federal -- you have just enhanced your client base. She worked on Capitol Hill as a member of two of the most important committees in Congress, ways and means and financial services.

"She brings to the law firm not only her political contacts but her business and community contacts, and she's a competent lawyer," DiSarro said.

Hart was a lawyer at Keevican Weiss Bauerle & Hirsch for several years before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000.

"It's an honor to have Melissa back among our ranks," said Lee Keevican, managing director of the Downtown firm.

Keevican said Hart's "legal acumen and public service experience" will be assets for the firm, which specializes in business law and has offices in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Cleveland.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me