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John Paul Harris III

About Me

I make sure people get treated fairly by helping those injured through no fault of their own.  I help them secure the money necessary to get their lives back on track.


When I was working as a prosecutor, I discovered something important. “It was a lot more fun putting the bad guy in jail than it was trying to keep the bad guy out.”  When my law practice gravitated toward civil litigation, my goal changed: “I found out that helping people get what they were entitled to, was a lot more fun than trying to beat them out of it.”


My clients are hard-working, self-sufficient people whose lives suddenly got upended by circumstances totally outside of their control. Generally, the people who come to see me are OK in their lives and are able to live day-to-day until something happens like an auto accident.  They suddenly don’t have anything coming in, and they have a lot going out because they have medical bills.  It is then that they need me.


Faced with no income and mounting medical expenses, clients often encounter insurance companies unwilling to make them whole again.  People who have been injured don’t wrestle with insurance companies on a daily basis, so they’re at a tremendous disadvantage.  They are often dealing with seasoned adjusters whose job is to minimize expenditures.


They’re up against insurance companies who are in business to collect premiums and not to pay claims.  And because the injured parties don’t know the law, they don’t have any idea of their entitlement under the insurance policies.  They’re at a loss as to what to do. 


As a people person, I enjoy sitting down with clients, listening to their problems and helping them restore their lives. Based on the circumstances of their case, I sometimes urge them to return to work as soon as possible, both for their own sake and to impress upon a jury their willingness to try.


Sometimes, I help clients understand that they can’t afford the gamble of going to trial if there’s a settlement on the table. In other cases, I advocate proceeding to the courtroom.


As a solo practitioner, I handle each case personally, assisted by a staff that’s been with me for an average of 20 years. This personal attention eases clients’ discomfort in undeniably trying circumstances.



1619 Jefferson Davis Highway

Fredericksburg, VA 22401

PH: (540) 371-4941

FX: (540) 371-4946 


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Practice Areas


  1. Personal Injury: 90%
    38 years
  2. Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect: 5%
    30 years
  3. Medical Malpractice: 5%
    31 years



Contingent (25-40%), Free Consultation (45 minutes)

Attorney Endorsements

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VAAuthorized to practice law197703/11/2014

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
AV® Preeminent RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe American Trial Lawyers Association2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Top LawyersLegal Times2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2008
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2007
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2006
ATLA StalwartAssociation of Trial Lawyers of America2002
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward/White, Inc.1999
Civil Trial AdvocateNational Board of Trial Advocacy1985
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
N/AThe Harris Law Firm2008 - Present
PresidentHarris & Harris, P.C.1978 - 2008
Commonwealth's AttorneyKing George County, VA1978 - 1980
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Fredericksburg Area Bar AssociationPresident2002 - 2002
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Governors1990 - 1996
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1980 - Present
Fredericksburg Area Bar AssociationMember1977 - Present
Virginia State BarMember1977 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1975 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Walsh v. Wal-Mart Stores East LPVerdict for the Plaintiff
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Publication NameTitleDate
Third Editiion by LexisNexisVIRGINIA PERSONAL INJURY FORMS2013
THE SMART CONSUMER'S GUIDE TO YOUR PERSONAL INJURY CASEThings You Should Know and Questions You Should Ask2008
Second Edition with annual supplements thru 2009VIRGINIA PERSONAL INJURY FORMS2004
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Samford University, Cumberland School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
United States Naval AcademyNaval ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1965
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Seminar - Basic Medicine: Essentials for the Trial Lawyer“Cross-Examination of the DME”N/A