Practice / Experience
Ms. Harris is a partner in the firm. Ms. Harris' practice focuses on complex civil litigation, class action defense, products liability, and environmental torts, at both the trial and appellate level.
Washington Law and Politics magazine selected Ms. Harris as a "Rising Star" in Seattle's legal community in 2008 and 2009.
Education / Background
- B.A., Communications Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, California, 1989
- M.A., Communications Management, Annenberg School for Communications, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, 1990
- J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California, 1998; Managing Editor, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review; Sayre McNeil Scholar; American Jurisprudence Award, Constitutional Law
- Law Clerk, Hon. Thomas G. Nelson, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1998 - 1999
- Associate/Counsel, O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Los Angeles, California, 1999 - 2004
- Hearst/Seattle P-I v. Seattle Times – successful representation of Hearst and the Seattle P-I in litigation concerning the Seattle Times’ attempt to end the parties’ joint operating agreement (JOA). The litigation settled in 2007 when the Seattle Times agreed to pay Hearst $24 million and continue the JOA for at least nine more years.
- Legal Malpractice – successfully defended major Seattle law firm against legal malpractice claims, obtaining dismissal on summary judgment.
- Aiello v. FKI – obtained dismissal of plaintiff's market-share alternate strict liability claim and grant of summary judgment on plaintiff's alternate liability negligence claim resulting in dismissal of all claims against all defendants in products liability case brought against multiple load binder manufacturers.
- Fiber Optic Right of Way Litigation – ongoing defense of telecommunications company in multiple class actions in state and federal courts alleging claims of trespass arising from installation of fiber-optic cable on railroad rights-of-way.
- Qwest v. City of Auburn – successfully represented telecommunications company in appeal of challenge to municipal telecommunications ordinances.
- Nilsen v. City of Long Beach et al. – defense of oil refinery in connection with claims asserting failure to warn of exposures to chemicals.
- Davey v. Locke – represented amicus curiae Anti-Defamation League in Establishment Clause case before United States Supreme Court.
- Washington State Bar Association
- California State Bar Association
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