George Harris’s practice emphasizes white-collar criminal defense, appellate proceedings, and international arbitration. He has represented clients in a wide range of complex civil and criminal litigation matters, including many high-profile cases, at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal court and in commercial arbitrations, both domestically and internationally.
Mr. Harris’s civil practice has included litigation in areas of professional responsibility, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, trade secrets, intellectual property, insurance coverage and bad faith, product liability, environmental cleanup, and commercial and construction contracts. His criminal practice has included cases involving charges of insider trading, bid rigging, perjury, false government claims, tax evasion, money laundering, commodities fraud, and interstate transportation of explosives.
Mr. Harris served as Associate Counsel at the Office of Independent Counsel, Lawrence A. Walsh, where he was appointed for the prosecution of former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. For several years, Mr. Harris served as Professor and Director of the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution and Director of the Appellate and International Advocacy program at the University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law. He has also taught courses in trial advocacy, appellate advocacy, civil procedure, and legal ethics at the University of Utah Law School.
Mr. Harris serves as an Early Neutral Evaluator for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. He is a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Northern District of California. He has also held positions on the Advisory Council to ABA Special Committee on Evaluation of Rules of Professional Conduct, the Utah State Bar Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee, the Ethics Advisory Committee to Utah Judicial Council, and the Multidisciplinary Practice Committee of the Utah State Bar.
During law school, Mr. Harris was an editor of the Yale Law Journal, and received the Michael Egger Prize for best law journal note or comment on a current social problem. As an undergraduate, he received National Merit and National Honor Society Scholarships.