David L. Harris, Esq.

BIO_PIC_Harris.jpgMr. Harris is the former co-chair of the Commercial & Business Litigation Practice as well as the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice at Lowenstein & Sandler law firm in Newark, NJ.  He is first and foremost a trial lawyer with the unique capacity to quickly synthesize complex issues and present them to a jury in a clear, precise and convincing manner. He is at his finest when the factual issues are technically obtuse, the legal issues are complex and the stakes are high. Mr. Harris has been lauded as one of the top ten litigators in New Jersey, and he is known for his trial, appellate and arbitration skills in complex business litigation spanning multiple jurisdictions, including intellectual property, antitrust and trade secrets litigation. He was recently named one of New Jersey Law Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Awardees and he has consistently been recognized for over a decade in Best Lawyers in America, Chambers Guide for Leading Business Lawyers in America and SuperLawyers.

Giving back to the community and establishing a level playing field between the powerful and powerless have always defined Mr. Harris, who has supervised the firm’s nationally recognized substantial pro bono program for ten years.  His most recent work on a high profile matter brought on behalf of children with disabilities against the New Jersey Department of Education for its failure to provide adequate educational opportunities in general education classes resulted in a Consent Order requiring the Department to implement remedial measures over the next five years.  He led a suit against New Jersey’s Division of Youth and Family Services for neglecting and abusing children that led to establishment of a new oversight process of the agency.  His outstanding leadership and service have been recognized throughout his career by many organizations, including Legal Services of New Jersey’s Equal Justice Medal , Rutgers Law School Alumni Association’s Fannie Baer-Besser Award, New Jersey Bar Association’s Pro Bono Award and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Segal-Tweed Founders Award to name just a few. Upon retiring from the active practice of law last year, Mr. Harris took Of Counsel status with the firm.

With a deep interest in theology, Mr. Harris studies at the Newark School of Theology, where he chaired the board of trustees until January. He is a Trustee and Treasurer of the Donald M. Payne Sr. Global Foundation, a member of the Rutgers Board of Overseers, a board member Blanton-Peale Institute and the South Orange/Maplewood Coalition on Race. 

A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Mr. Harris completed a Master of Education degree there prior to completing the Rutgers University School of Law in Newark.  He has distinguished himself with articles in several law journals.

Professional affiliation and leadership positions were held in the American Bar Association; the American Civil Liberties Union, president, New Jersey Board of Trustees and National Board of Directors; New Jersey Commission on Racism and Racial and Religious Violence; Essex County Bar Association; National Bar Association;president Rutgers University Law School Alumni Association; Editorial Board, New Jersey Law Journal and the Garden State Bar Association.

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