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Attorney Joseph ‘Jody’ Hart IV dies unexpectedly

JOSEPH “JODY” H. HART, IV passed away on April 28, 2021 just four days after he had turned 55. 


Hart was unapologetically honest and spoke hard truths. A native of Louisville, KY., he was a graduate of Kentucky Country Day School, before matriculating from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He came to New Orleans as a student at the Tulane University School of Law.

He was a Renaissance man who believed that there was no skill, trade, or profession that without a willingness to study and try, that he couldn’t or didn’t master. He was a trial lawyer, writer, mentor, mechanic, engineer, plumber, artist, tailor, electrician, programmer, IT guru, carpenter, mason, plane builder, fine furniture maker, and planned to learn to weld for his 55th birthday.

Hart was proud of his service to the community, especially to the board of the Jewish Community Day School (JCRS), and most recently the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana (JEF). His final act of generosity was to give the gift of life through organ donation. He will always be remembered and loved.

He was the beloved son and is survived by his parents, Karen Baizen Hart and Joseph H. Hart, III, his wife, Michele Allen-Hart, and his twins Avery and Harry Hart.

A memorial service will be held at Touro Synagogue, on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. Alternatively, you may join us for the via live stream at:

The family invites you to express your fond thoughts and condolences online at

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