George C. Harris

George C. Harris

Senior Counsel

San Francisco, (415) 268-7328

Education

Yale University (A.B., 1974)
Brown University (M.A.T., 1977)
Yale Law School (J.D., 1982)

Bar Admissions

California

Clerkships

Hon. Frank M. Coffin, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

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.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained a $33 million arbitration award for the Marin Healthcare District and Marin General Hospital in contract and breach of fiduciary duty action against Sutter Health arising from agreement to transfer control of the Hospital from Sutter to the District (2013).
     
  • Represented California Citizens Redistricting Commission in successfully opposing challenges in California Supreme Court, Vandermost v. Bowen, 53 Cal.4th 421 (2012), and federal district court to Commission’s redistricting maps for State senate and congressional districts. 
     
  • Obtained $64 million arbitration award for Olympus Capital, a leading U.S. private equity firm specializing in the Asian market, in contract and fraud action against Korea Exchange Bank and another private equity company (2011).
     
  • Represented federal Receiver for California prison medical care in successfully opposing attempts by the State of California to terminate injunctive relief and receivership, including appellate representation in Plata v. Schwarzenegger, 603 F.3d 1088 (9th Cir. 2010) and 560 F.3d 976 (9th Cir. 2009).
     
  • Obtained habeas release of client wrongfully incarcerated for 20 years on life sentence for murder, in In re Carrillo, L.A. Superior Court, No. TA011653 (2011).
     
  • Obtained reversal of false statement and immigration fraud convictions, which allowed client to retain citizenship and avoid deportation in United States v. Mousavi, 604 F.2d 1084 and 378 Fed. Appx. 667 (9th Cir. 2010).
     
  • Successfully defended Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum against billion‑dollar fraud claims by Oakland Raiders in Oakland Raiders v. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, 144 Cal.App.4th 1175 (2006), which resulted in no recovery for the Raiders.
     

George Harris is recommended by Legal 500 US (2016).

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