Don Harris has practiced civil litigation for over twenty-four years. He began his practice in 1988 with Petree, Stockton & Robinson, LLP in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, forerunner to Petree Stockton & Robinson, LLP and Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP. While with Petree, Stockton & Robinson, LLP in Winston-Salem, Mr. Harris was a part of the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Practice Group, where he concentrated on complex business litigation and unfair competition cases, including trademark, trade dress and copyright infringement.
After having assisted the firm’s Raleigh litigation group with a large misappropriation of trade secrets case, Mr. Harris relocated to Raleigh to assist in building that office’s litigation practice. While there, Mr. Harris helped the office transition from insurance defense to complex business and technology litigation. While in Raleigh, Mr. Harris handled a variety of complex litigation cases, involving issues such as breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair and deceptive trade practices, computer and software licensing disputes, copyright, trademark and trade dress infringement, and technology litigation. Mr. Harris has extensive litigation experience in both state and federal court.
After becoming a partner at Petree Stockton in 1997, Mr. Harris came to the conclusion that he could assist a wider variety of businesses and individuals in his own practice. He left Kilpatrick Stockton in 1999 and founded Harris & Winfield, LLP, the predecessor to Harris Sarratt & Hodges, LLP. Mr. Harris has brought his formidable litigation experience to bear on a variety of issues for clients in this new firm. Aside from his continuing involvement in complex business and technology litigation, Mr. Harris has successfully represented plaintiffs in cases involving medical malpractice, wrongful death, serious car accidents, and other catastrophic injury cases.
Mr. Harris earned his undergraduate degree in Management Science with a minor in Computer Science from the State University College of Arts and Sciences at Geneseo, New York. He earned his J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law in 1988.
Mr. Harris lives with his four sons: Daniel, Michael, Eliot and Peer.