Jason H. Gart, PhD
Vice President and Director of Litigation Research | Historical Detective
“My job is to locate the smoking gun—and if it does not exist, then to piece together the surviving historical record to the point where the trier of fact can do their job.”
Work at HAI
At HAI, Jason manages the day-to-day operations of the litigation research service line and serves as the ringleader of an eclectic group of historians, subject-matter experts, digital archivists, and researchers. He has successfully directed upward of two hundred historical research investigations, including multiple high-profile assignments for Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies, which have enabled his clients to reduce their financial liability, obtain successful judgements, and comply with regulatory requirements. Jason has been interviewed and quoted in the New York Times and in articles for Law360, and was selected as a 2021 Lawdragon Global 100 Leader in Legal Strategy & Consulting.
Jason’s areas of expertise include historical research methods, business and institutional history, environmental history, World War II and Cold War mobilization, and the history of science and technology. He served as a testifying expert on a cultural resource management issue and was lead historian on a multi-year research investigation for outside counsel of a leading aerospace company that resulted in the recovery of $32.5 million in CERCLA response costs from the U.S. government.
Clients rely on Jason to successfully execute numerous types of historical investigations, including:
- State of knowledge investigations
- Potentially responsible party (PRP) searches
- Corporate succession and corporate genealogy research
- Historic government contract searches
- Federal and military specifications research
- Land use and site histories
- Watershed and water use histories
- Product liability and toxic tort research
- Legislative and regulatory history
- Slavery disclosure research
- Nuclear industry site histories
- Research on the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan
Jason’s non-litigation projects have included a multi-year research and writing effort for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on the history of bank regulation and supervision; an agency-wide assessment for the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish a History Office and archives facility; a research and writing effort for Deloitte Canada in support of a book-length history published as 150 Years and Counting: Our Legacy and Our Future (2010); and oral history projects for The Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Institutes of Health.
Jason currently serves as one of ten non-governmental members appointed to the Federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee. Chartered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the FOIA Advisory Committee advises on improvements to the administration of FOIA. The Committee reports to the Archivist of the United States.
Path to HAI
Before joining HAI in 2007, Jason was owner of a consulting firm that provided historical research services and served as managing director of Ask a Historian.com, an Internet company.
Jason graduated cum laude with a BS in history and politics from Drexel University and received an MA in public history and his PhD in history from Arizona State University, where he studied under public history pioneer Noel J. Stowe. Jason has been a guest lecturer for graduate-level history seminars and a panel member for a continuing legal education (CLE) course on factual research. He has also served on the executive council of the Society for History in the Federal Government and has presented at the annual meetings of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and the Organization of American Historians.