Originally from New York City, Richard A. Harris, Esq. has made Colorado his home for the past 20 years. Rich received his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California and his Juris Doctor degree from the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver.
Rich's passion for superior representation in the practice of divorce and child custody law is the driving force behind The Harris Law Firm. He has been recognized by his peers in the legal community on numerous occasions, and frequently lectures on family law issues. Committed to the idea that clients should be as informed as possible about their legal rights, he is the author of numerous, published articles about family law. In 2008, Rich co-authored the publication, Colorado Family Law Deskbook by Bradford Publishing.
In 2006, Rich Harris was chosen to be one of Denver's 40 Under 40 based on his business leadership, community involvement, and recognition of his accomplishments. Each year, the Denver Business Journal has includes a special section called "40 Under 40" to recognize a diverse group of young, dynamic business leaders whose efforts in the workplace and in the community are shaping the future of Denver.
In 2006, 2007 and 2008, Rich was selected as one of Colorado Super Lawyers for Family Law. Super Lawyers are considered leading attorneys in the area of law in which they practice, and are selected via a survey of the state's top lawyers by Law & Politics Magazine. In 2010, Rich was voted Best Family Law Attorney by Law Week Colorado's Barrister's Best Issue, and the firm was voted Best Family Law Firm in Denver, by the People's Choice per Law Week Colorado. Also in 2010, Rich was an invited speaker at Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section annual meeting in August addressing practice management issues, including those that have allowed his firm to maximize client service and case management and contributed directly to The Harris Law Firm's consistent recognition by the State Supreme Court as a leader in pro bono activity. Rich and the firm were recognized again for their pro bono work in 2011. This year, Rich was also a finalist in Law Week Colorado's list of Top Lawyers of the Decade, and the Firm was nominated for Law Firm of the Year by the Colorado Lawyers Committee.
Rich was awarded the highest "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell. The AV rating is the pinnacle of professional excellence earned through a peer review rating process that is managed and monitored by the world's most trusted legal resource. He also serves on the boards of The Adoption Exchange, and the Colorado Lawyers Committee. Rich is a Fellow of the Colorado Bar Association, and is active in Rotary International and The Denver Bar Association. In 2009 Rich was appointed as Chair of the Board of Metro Volunteer Lawyers, an organization that coordinates pro bono service to indigent people throughout the Denver metropolitan area. In 2009, Rich founded and currently serves as the President of "The Road to Hope", a Colorado-based non-profit organization dedicated to helping the orphaned children of Haiti. The same year, Rich and his wife Lisa adopted 2 children from Haiti. Rich and Lisa now have 2 biological children, 2 girls and a boy from China, and the 2 newest members of the Harris clan are from Haiti.