Overview

Phillip Harris focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, class action defense, appellate litigation, and zoning and land use matters.

Mr. Harris’s experience includes a broad range of litigation practice including class actions, commercial disputes and business torts, financial services litigation, real property disputes, land use and zoning, challenges to governmental action, and utilities litigation involving both renewable energy providers and local electric membership corporations. He has experience appearing on behalf of his clients before state and federal courts, as well as in arbitrations, mediations, and before state agencies.

Mr. Harris has served on the Durham City/County Board of Adjustment for over five years, including two years as chair, and he shares this experience with his clients to assist them in their endeavors involving zoning and land use issues. Mr. Harris also has extensive experience with litigation arising under the federal and state laws that govern the financial services industry, including laws concerning advertising, banking, lending disclosures, consumer protection (such as the TCPA, FCRA, and FDCPA) and loan origination, servicing, and collection.

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 AmLaw 100 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.

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. He is also a member of the 2017 North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society. In 2014, Kilpatrick Townsend awarded him its “Embracing Our Values Award” for extraordinary pro bono and community service efforts.

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Experience

Member of teams representing defendants in class actions alleging, inter alia, violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act, and other federal and state laws.

Obtained favorable decisions, including dismissals, from federal and state courts in cases involving complex jurisdictional issues, discovery, and substantive law.

Successfully represented multiple clients, including business and pro bono clients, before state and federal appellate courts, where the courts affirmed positive lower court rulings.

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Education

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, J.D. (2009) with honors

Brown University, B.S., Chemical Engineering (2004)

Admissions

North Carolina (2009)

Court Admissions

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

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Clerkships

Supreme Court of North Carolina - Honorable Mark D. Martin (Sep 2009-Sep 2010)

Professional & Community Activities

Durham City/County Board of Adjustment, Member (2012-Present)

Durham City/County Board of Adjustment, Chair (2015-2017)

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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