Born in Burlington, Iowa, Brad Hart ventured as far as Ames for undergraduate school. He then left for the big city, Houston, in 1979 to seek his “fame and fortune.” After 11 years in Houston, including law school and a successful legal career, he and his wife, Jade, and their three-year-old daughter moved back to Iowa to be closer to their family. They also wanted to live in a city with good schools and where there is an opportunity to be a part of the community. Brad and Jade have been a part of the Cedar Rapids community ever since and now, after more than a quarter-century here, consider this home.
Brad and Jade are proud parents of two children: Will, who lives in Denver, and Alison, who lives in Geneva, IL with her husband, Tom, and two children, Jimmy and Grace.
BRAD’S PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND
Brad is a business attorney with Bradley & Riley PC where he works with his clients on a variety of business matters and business acquisitions to help them meet their various goals.
Brad’s professional recognition includes:
- Named 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” in Cedar Rapids for Mergers and Acquisitions Law by Best Lawyers®
- Named 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” in Cedar Rapids for Corporate Law by Best Lawyers®
- Named 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” in Iowa for M&A Law by Corporate INTL Magazine
- Listed in Great Plains Super Lawyers® for Business/Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions
- AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in Business/Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions since 2010
- Listed in Chambers USA for Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Brad Hart in the Community
After moving to Cedar Rapids in 1990, Brad quickly became involved in the community, graduating with the Leadership for Five Seasons class of 1992. He volunteers hundreds of hours each year and has been actively involved with more than a dozen community organizations and causes, including serving as board chair for the Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Young Parents Network, Horizons and United Way of East Central Iowa.
Brad’s volunteer services have been recognized with the following awards:
- Northcott Award for outstanding service to United Way of East Central Iowa 2016
- Linn County Bar Association Citizenship Award 2016
- Cedar Rapids Five Seasons Citizenship Award 2013
- Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser (with Jade Hart and Gary and Susie Streit) from the Association of Fundraising Professionals for co-chairing the new Cedar Rapids Public Library Capital Campaign 2012
- Community Trustee Award for the Leadership for Five Seasons Program 2003
- Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Volunteer 1998
- Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Association of Community Leadership 1997
Over the past five years, Brad has been actively involved in helping raise funds for community projects and causes totaling more than $30,000,000. This money has been used to improve our community and the lives of everyone in Cedar Rapids. Brad’s volunteer engagement has involved all sectors of our community, including government, business, and human service agencies.