Primary Practice Areas
Jury and Bench Trial Attorney
- All the Courts of the State of California
- Federal District Court for the State of California Northern, Eastern, Southern and Central Districts
- JD, New College of California - School of Law
- BA, The College of Charleston, Communications with a concentration in Corporate Communications
Arthur J. Harris
Mr. Harris focuses his practice on all phases of litigation, including the representation of corporations and individuals at mediation, arbitration and trial. His practice extends to commercial, business, professional liability and real estate litigation matters, with an emphasis on legal malpractice, insurance and real estate broker defense, breach of contract claims, premises liability, elder law, and construction litigation. Mr. Harris has been recognized as a Northern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine every year from 2013 through 2016.
While in law school, Mr. Harris served as judicial extern for the Honorable Martin J. Jenkins, formerly of the United States District Court, Northern District of California. There, Mr. Harris gained considerable exposure to trial advocacy, as well as insight into the many intricacies of the litigation process.
- In an action for legal malpractice, Mr. Harris and Shareholder James Murphy obtained a defense verdict. Plaintiff claimed that the client negligently drafted a post-nuptial agreement that allegedly caused Plaintiff to lose a large share of the community property during the dissolution of his marriage. Mr. Harris and Mr. Murphy argued at trial that the claims were time-barred and lacking in evidence of causation and damages. After a prolonged jury trial, a defense verdict was entered in favor of the client.
- In an action for legal malpractice, Mr. Harris and Shareholder James Murphy obtained judgment for the attorney client on a dispositive motion. Plaintiff claimed that the client negligently handled two separate family law matters resulting in her loss of child and spousal support. Mr. Harris and Mr. Murphy successfully had the case dismissed through law and motion practice during the early stages of litigation.
- In an action arising out of a real estate investment dispute, Mr. Harris and Shareholder Timothy J. Halloran obtained a Verdict on the Complaint in Plaintiff’s favor on the fraud, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, and conversion causes of action. The total award was for $340,000, which included a recovery of investment funds, profits, and emotional distress damages. Mr. Harris and Mr. Halloran also defeated the cross-claims by way of a motion for non-suit at the conclusion of presentation of the Cross-Complainants’ evidence.
- In an insurance broker negligence action, Mr. Harris and Shareholder Harlan B. Watkins obtained summary judgment for the insurance broker/client. Plaintiff claimed Defendants failed to obtain valid additional insured endorsements for City of Alameda and Alameda Reuse and Redevelopment Agency. Such endorsements would have covered these entities in a claim made by a worker who suffered a catastrophic electrocution injury on city property. Mr. Harris and Mr. Watkins successfully argued alleged negligence did not cause damage to either Plaintiff, and plaintiff was not entitled to pursue subrogation cause of action against the Defendant.
- Obtained a summary judgment for a general contractor in a construction litigation action. The cross-complainant, a sub-contractor, alleged an indemnity claim against the general contractor, contending that he was obligated to obtain and provide the subcontractor with accurate soil reports prior to commencement of work, and bore responsibility for supervising and coordinating all project subcontractors regardless of whether the subcontractors were retained by the general contractor. Mr. Harris and Mr. Girarde successfully argued that the indemnity claim did not owe a duty to the subcontractor because the responsibility and liability for work performed by an independent contractor remains at all times with the party who retained and controlled his activities.
Professional and Community Contributions
- Mr. Harris serves as the Vice-Chair on Defense Research Institute (DRI) Young Lawyers' Diversity Committee. Additionally, Mr. Harris is also a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF).
Published Appellate Decisions
Unpublished Appellate Decisions