Phillip Harris focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on commercial and financial services litigation, class action defense, and appellate advocacy.
Mr. Harris has represented national and community banks, lenders, and loan servicers in a variety of matters involving the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), the Federal Housing Act (FHA), state credit and consumer protection acts (CCPA), state debt collections acts, state unfair and deceptive trade practices acts, and state banking laws, including state Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Acts (SAFE).
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Harris served as a law clerk to the Honorable Mark D. Martin of the North Carolina Supreme Court and worked as an associate in the Raleigh office of an East Coast law firm where he practiced in the fields of business litigation, including financial services litigation and class action defense, energy and utilities law, intellectual property, and appellate litigation.
During law school, Mr. Harris served as an extern in the chambers of Judge James A. Wynn, Jr. at the North Carolina Court of Appeals. He was also a summer law clerk in the Legal Division of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C. and served as Articles Editor of the North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology.
Prior to his legal career, Mr. Harris worked as a process shift coach and manufacturing engineer at a North Carolina manufacturing plant while also receiving Six Sigma Green Belt certification and serving as a TL9000 quality auditor.
Mr. Harris has been recognized as a 2017 and 2018 "Legal Elite" in the area of Litigation by Business North Carolina magazine. He was named as a 2018 North Carolina “Rising Star” for Business Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, J.D. (2009) with honors
Brown University, B.S., Chemical Engineering (2004)
North Carolina (2009)
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
Supreme Court of North Carolina - Honorable Mark D. Martin (Sep 2009-Sep 2010)
Durham City/County Board of Adjustment, Member (2012-Present)
Durham City/County Board of Adjustment, Chair (2015-Present)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle, Board Member (2015-Present)
Durham Partnership for Children, Board Member (2016-Present)
Durham County Board of Library Trustees, Member (2016-Present)
African American Leadership Initiative of the United Way, Member (2013-2016)
North Carolina Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division Citizen Lawyer Committee, Member (2010-2016)
Durham County Bar Association, Member (2009-Present)
Wake County Bar Association, Member (2009-Present)
North Carolina Bar Association, Member (2009-Present)
American Bar Association, Member (2009-Present)
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