About.

A REPUTATION FOR SUCCESS.

Pat Harris’ legal career has been consistently marked by prodigious courtroom successes that have built him a reputation as one of the premier trial attorneys in America.

His courtroom work over the past two decades has won him recognition by his peers as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America. He has tried over 150 cases to jury including some of the most high-profile criminal defendants in the country. Mr. Harris has tried numerous civil matters where he has won several verdicts in excess of a million dollars for his clients. He has also served as co-counsel on a number of high-profile cases, including trials of Susan McDougal, Michael Jackson, Chris Brown and Scott Peterson. Mr. Harris co-authored two books dealing with the criminal justice system. He also served as the legal consultant for the CBS television show, Shark starring James Woods.

Full Bio

Work Ethic.

THERE IS NO SUCH THING
AS A NO-WIN SCENARIO

If you are willing to work hard enough and be creative you can solve any problem

You can be a good lawyer but if you don’t have the drive to truly fight for your clients you will never be a great lawyer.

When a client comes to you, they are usually at a low-point in their lives. They are frustrated by a system in which they cannot speak for themselves – a system filled with uncertainty. Clients want answers because the system gives them none.  And they want somebody who will stand up for them.  WE are all they have -their one hope.  If you are a lawyer and you can’t empathize with that you should not be practicing law.

No lawyer can guarantee you a specific result.  If they promise you a certain result you are talking to a con artist, not a lawyer.  What a lawyer can guarantee is that they will do everything possible to get you a great result.  They can promise they will put in the extra effort, that they will come up with creative solutions and, most importantly, that they will fight.

Experience

Experience.

AREAS OF PRACTICE.

CRIMINAL DEFENSE

Crimes of violence including murder, assault, robbery and arson
Non-violent crimes including all types of fraud (specializing in Medicare fraud), embezzlement, theft and drug use and sales.

CIVIL-PLAINTIFF AND DEFENSE WORK

Wrongful death, Civil rights violations, Medicare investigations, Substantial personal injury, Discrimination cases, Workplace injury, Business disputes

Skill

Clients.

RECENT CASES

CRIMINAL
  • A not guilty verdict in the case of a man accused of felony assault against the priest who had sexually molested him 40 years before
  • A not guilty verdict in the case of a woman accused of felony assault with a deadly weapon for  pulling a gun and threatening two teenagers
  • A not guilty verdict in a case against a high school principal accused of a hate crime against his neighbors
  • A not guilty verdict in a case of a man accused of assaulting a police officer in Orange County
  • A successful self-defense verdict in a case of a man accused of murdering another man during a fight
  • Two hung juries in separate cases against a man accused of murdering his young daughter
  • A dismissal at trial of all felony assault charges against a man accused of attacking his ex-boyfriend
  • A dismissal at trial of all charges against an Uber driver accused of assault
  • A dismissal at preliminary hearing of all charges against a man accused of selling cocaine and methamphetamine
CIVIL
  • A $1.3 million verdict against the Glendale Police Department for a 19 year old young man falsely accused on a murder charge.
  • A $1.2 million verdict against the City of Los Angeles and others for an elderly actor whose home was destroyed in a trucking accident and the insurance company refused to pay
  • A $39 million verdict as co-counsel against Pfizer Pharmaceuticals for stealing trade secrets from a non-profit
  • A $1.2 million verdict for a man wrongfully terminated from his job at a movie studio
  • A $300,00 verdict for a man against Bank of America for wrongfully freezing his account and taking the funds.
  • A $600,000 verdict against a couple who had falsely accused a high school principal of committing a hate crime.
  • A $1.3 million settlement for the family of a young man who died in police custody while being choked.
  • A $1.3 million settlement for a young man who was hit and disabled by a police car during a police chase

Media.

The Woman Who Wouldn’t Talk

by Susan McDougal with Pat Harris
2003 New York Times Best Seller (4 weeks)
Available for Purchase on Amazon Only

Mistrial: An Inside Look at How the Criminal Justice System Works…and Sometimes Doesn’t

2014 Grand Prize Winner
by Mark Geragos and Pat Harris
You can order the book through one of these vendors:
Amazon
Indiebound
Barnes & Noble
BAM
iTunes

GET IN TOUCH

Contact.

LET’S TALK.

Law Offices of Pat Harris APC

3940 Laurel Canyon Blvd. #955, Studio City, CA 91604
Tel: 213-810-9063
Email: info@patharrislaw.com