People: James M. Harris, Senior Counsel

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James M. Harris

Senior Counsel

Los Angeles - Century City
Direct: (310) 201-1580
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Mr. Harris is senior counsel in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Mr. Harris's practice area includes civil appellate and writ law. Mr. Harris has briefed and argued numerous appeals in both State and Federal systems in such diverse areas as antitrust, torts, civil procedure, employment, class actions, libel, labor, breach of contract, environmental, real property, bankruptcy, partnership and civil rights.

Following graduation from law school, Mr. Harris was law clerk to the Honorable David L. Bazelon, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, from 1976 to 1977. 

Mr. Harris is senior counsel in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Mr. Harris's practice area includes civil appellate and writ law. Mr. Harris has briefed and argued numerous appeals in both State and Federal systems in such diverse areas as antitrust, torts, civil procedure, employment, class actions, libel, labor, breach of contract, environmental, real property, bankruptcy, partnership and civil rights.

Following graduation from law school, Mr. Harris was law clerk to the Honorable David L. Bazelon, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, from 1976 to 1977. 

Education

  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School (1976)
    Order of the Coif, Editor-in-Chief University of Chicago Law Review (1975-1976)
  • B.A., Brown University (1973)

Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

Affiliations

  • California Academy of Appellate Lawyers

Representative Engagements

  • Opalinski v. Robert Half Intl. Inc., 761 F.3d 326 (3d Cir. 2014);
  • In re Walgreen Overtime Cases, 180 Cal. Rptr. 3d 38 (Cal.App. 2014);
  • January v. Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Inc., 594 Fed. Appx., 907 (9th Cir. 2014);
  • Citrus El Dorado, Inc. v. Stearns Bank, 552 Fed. Appx. 625 (9th Cir. 2014);
  • Jiminez v. Allstate Ins. Co., 765 Fed. 3d 1161 (9th Cir. 2014);
  • Metropolitan Bank v. Pacific Business Capital, 359 Fed. Appx. 764 (9th Cir. 2009);
  • HACLA v. KPMG, 2009, Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 5782;
  • Gilliam v. Nevada Power, 485 F.3d 1189 (9th Cir. 2007);
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges v. MV Golden, 2007 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 3258;
  • Bugartin v. Chart One, 135 Cal.App.4th 1558 (2006);
  • Parker v. McCaw, 125 Cal.App.4th 1494 (2005);
  • Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine v. Tyson Foods, 119 Cal.App.4th 120 (2004);
  • Hallstrom v. Barker, 2004 Cal. Lexis 12249 (2004);
  • Consumer Cause v. Arkopharma, 106 Cal.App.4th 824 (2003);
  • Konig v. Fair Employment and Housing Commission, 28 Cal.4th 743 (2002);
  • Silo v. CHW Medical Foundation, 27 Cal.4th 1097 (2002);
  • Simon v. Value Behavioral Health, Inc., 208 F.3d 1073 (9th Cir. 2000);
  • East Bay Asia v. Redevelopment Agency, 24 Cal.4th 693 (2000);
  • Knevelbaard Dairies v. Kraft Foods, et al.; 232 F.3d 979 (9th Cir. 2000);
  • Sutter’s Place, Inc. v. Kennedy, 71 Cal.App.4th 674 (1999);
  • White v. Ultramar, 21 Cal.4th 563 (1999);
  • AT&T v. Global Security, Inc., 191 F.3d 460 (table) (9th Cir. 1999);
  • Lunsford v. Jamao, 155 F.3d 1178 (9th Cir. 1998);
  • Quackenbush v. Mission Ins. Co., 62 Cal.App.4th 797 (1998);
  • Newcombe v. Foote Cone & Belding, 157 F.3d 686 (9th Cir. 1998);
  • TCW Special Credits v. Chloe Z, 129 F.3d 1330 (9th Cir. 1997);
  • Lane v. National Airmotive Corp., 105 F.3d 665 (Table) 9th Cir. 1997);
  • ARCO v. American Airlines, et al., 98 F.3d 564 (10th Cir. 1996);
  • Quackenbush v. Mission Ins. Co., 46 Ca1.App.4th 458 (1996);
  • Pomona College v. Superior Court, 45 Cal.App.4th 1776 (1996);
  • Smiley v. Citibank, 116 S.Ct. 1730 (1996) (amicus brief for 15 states);
  • Harcourt Brace v. Multistate Legal Studies, 63 F.3d 1540 (10th Cir. 1995);
  • Aetna Life Ins. Co. v. Janet Greeson’s A Place For Us, 62 F.3d 1217 (9th Cir. 1995);
  • Amwest Surety Insurance v. Wilson, 11 Cal.4th 1243 (1995);
  • Citizens Committee v. City of Claremont, et al., 37 Cal.App.4th 1157 (1995);
  • Grigorio T. v. Wilson, 59 F.3d 1002 (9th Cir. 1995);
  • Schep v. RTC, 53 F.3d 1085 (9th Cir. 1995).

Publications

  • Co-Author, “Federal Appellate Practice: Ninth Circuit,” the leading treatise on Ninth Circuit Practice

Law School Teachings

  • University of Virginia Law School
  • Visiting Professor of Law, Southwestern University School of Law (2001-2002)
  • Adjunct Professor, Loyola Law School, (2008 – 2011) teaching federal courts