Clients, service take precedence at Harris Law Firm

Law Talk profile for The Memphis Daily News

July 4, 2013

Michael Harris of The Harris Law Firm PLLC has high praise for the Drake University Law School, where he earned his juris doctorate.

“It’s the best thing that ever happened to me,” Harris said.

The 31-year-old Memphis native and Southside High School graduate attended Fisk University in Nashville to study biology, a major that lasted mere weeks, before switching over to political science.

The idea to enter law school, he said, “came so natural for me.”

In college he ran track and cross country, played saxophone in a jazz ensemble, participated in mock trial and had the good fortune to meet influential lawyers such as Richard Dickens, then-general counsel for Fisk and currently a sitting judge on the Tennessee Court of Appeals.

“He was such a mellow, kind, gentle spirit,” Harris said. “You had no idea that he was this powerhouse lawyer.”

Harris graduated from Drake in 2008 with his law degree and an MBA, and returned to Memphis where he worked for Memphis City Schools as labor relations administrator, managing contracts with labor unions, handling layoffs and employee discipline.

A year later he became a victim of the very system he was managing when he was laid off . . . (read more)