Reid Hart

Attorney Reid Hart and TC Roberts Speak with Client Lucia McBathReid is the lead criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of John M. Phillips and represents clients in all areas of criminal defense. He has experience in handling cases from the investigative role through jury trial.

Reid graduated Cum Laude from the Stetson University College of Law, ranking in the top 10% of his class. A recipient of the Victor O. Wehle Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy and William F. Blews Award for Pro Bono Service in law school, he is on his way to becoming an award winning lawyer. Although he is a Jacksonville native, Reid earned his law degree and worked at law firms in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area. He remained in the St. Petersburg area after law school where he gained invaluable experience working as a criminal defense attorney.

“I came to the Law Offices of John M. Phillips after deciding I wanted to move back to my hometown (Jacksonville) after living in St. Petersburg for the previous 7 years,” Reid said. “What specifically brought me to this office was the opportunity to help establish and grow a Criminal Defense practice at a firm that was clearly on the rise and already had an incredible team of lawyers and staff.”

Reid enjoys taking a personal approach to the practice of law by establishing a relationship with each and every client. “Establishing a relationship with each client allows us to understand their story and what they are going through. In addition to the legal issues involved in every case, the ability to present your client as an individual sets their case apart and allows prosecutors to see the whole picture, rather than making a decision based upon how that person is presented in a police report.”

Jacksonville Lawyer Reid Hart Hands out wristbandsReid enjoys spending his free time playing sports, going to concerts and being with his family and friends. “I have always felt it important to take the time to enjoy life and those around you. It makes you a well-rounded person, which will ultimately allow you to perform even better at what you do.”

If you have a criminal defense question, call Reid at Jax Arrest at 904.444.4444 or email him at


Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, FL
Juris Doctor, Cum Laude

  • Final Ranking: 22nd of 221 students (top 10%); GPA: 3.358
  • Named to Dean’s List final two semesters; Honor Roll first four semesters
  • Recipient of the Victor O. Wehle Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy
  • Recipient of the William F. Blews Award for Pro Bono Service
  • Member of Phi Delta Phi Honors Fraternity and the American Bar Association

University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science – Minor, Philosophy


Todd Foster Law Group, Tampa, FL

  • Criminal Defense in State and Federal court;
  • Team-oriented approach to criminal cases in Federal court dealing with novel applications of law—the Federal Analog Act and the Unborn Victims of Violence Act;
  • Experience in various aspects of Civil Litigation;
  • Drafted Motions and Memoranda for submission to State and Federal courts;
  • Witness and fact investigation for Criminal and Civil matters;
  • Legal research and litigation support.

McDermott Law Firm, St. Petersburg, FL

  • Five jury trials and three bench trials;
  • Served as Lead Trial Attorney in State vs. Trentair Bingham, charged with Kidnapping (PBL), Jury verdict: Not Guilty;
  • Responsible for an average of 40 cases at any time—traffic citations to life Felonies;
  • Drafted hundreds of Motions and Memoranda filed in State court;
  • Responsible for meeting with, and signing, potential clients of the firm.


  • Reviewed case files and helped summarize depositions for cases scheduled for trial;
  • Drafted Motion to Suppress and Memorandum in Support thereof.

Experience Continued

The Florida Defense Group, Tampa, FL

  • Drafted various Motions to Suppress, a Memorandum in Support of a Motion to Suppress, Motions to Dismiss, and other motions filed with the Court;
  • Drafted numerous letters to the State Attorney’s Office on behalf of the firm;
  • Inter-office legal research;
  • Wrote multiple blogs for the firm’s website.

The Cypress Company, LLC, St. Petersburg, FL

  • Drafted three lease agreements in full: Multi-Space Office Lease, Office Building Lease, & Multi-Space Retail Lease;
  • Added several provisions to an infrastructure installation agreement already in use by the Company;
  • Completed legal research for a contractual dispute, as well as investment research for property located in Huntsville, AL, and various other locations.

Memberships and Associations

The Florida Bar, 2009 – present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2010 – present
Jacksonville Bar Association, 2014 – present
Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2010 – 2013
Vice President, 2012-2013
Secretary, 2011-2012
Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association, 2010 – 2013
Vice President, 2012-2013
Barney Masterson Inn of Court, 2011-2013
Team Leader, 2012-2013
Business Network International, 2010 – 2013
Leadership Team, 2011 – 2013
St. Petersburg Bar Association, 2010 – 2013
Co-Chair of Membership Committee, 2011-2012
Oktoberfest Committee, 2010, 2011
Clearwater Bar Association, 2010 – 2013
Oyster Roast Committee, 2011, 2012

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