Helen Hart is a senior level lawyer in the Law Department of Norfolk Southern Corporation, where she has led teams since starting at the company in 2007. While her primary focus in Norfolk Southern’s legal department for the first several years was within and then leading the environmental section, she adeptly assumed responsibility for a variety of other legal subject areas and responsibilities over the years, including a year and a half within the Operations Division of the corporation. She is an agile and strategic asset who adeptly uses her legal and company knowledge, as well as her mindset of collaborative improvement, to enhance strategic success and achieve the corporation’s goals. Helen cares deeply for her team members and is committed to both business and individual successes, in part by inclusion of teams of others in process and strategy.
Prior to joining Norfolk Southern, Helen spent several years in private practice at an international law firm in Washington, DC, primarily representing the natural gas industry, and then moved in-house at a utility company in DC. Before her more than 23 years as a lawyer, Helen’s first career was as a chemical engineer, working in multiple functions for Mobil Chemical and Mobil Oil over almost 10 years. Helen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Rochester and a JD from George Mason University School of Law. She is a member of the state bars of Virginia, Washington, DC, and Georgia.
Helen currently serves on the Trust for Public Land’s Georgia Advisory Board and has actively participated in the Urban Parks Committee. She previously served in several volunteer and leadership capacities at other organizations where she has lived. She held a variety of leadership positions, including chair of the board, for organizations whose goal is to improve literacy in at-risk and homeless children, and previously worked with the MS150 bike tour, including in an advisory capacity, having led bike teams in that tour for about ten years through two different states.
Originally a northern New Englander, Helen’s work locations have slowly moved her through a variety of cities down the east coast. In 2020, she relocated to Atlanta from Norfolk, VA with her husband and two children.