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Donald F. Harris

Donald F. Harris

also known as Don Harris

Practice areas:

Bankruptcy & Debt, General Practice, Family, Divorce & Separation, Business, Personal Injury, Tax, Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

About Me

Background and Education

Don Harris graduated Cum Laude from the
University of Connecticut Law School and scored in the top one percent on the
national bar exam. He clerked for the chief judge of one of the busiest
federal bankruptcy courts in the country.
Don is the Past Chair and a
current member of the Bankruptcy Section of the New Mexico State Bar as well as
the family law section. He is a current member of the National Association of
Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.

Don founded and was the first president
of the States' Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys (SABA) which is a national
association of state and local governmental legal professionals who coordinate
and cooperate in bankruptcy matters on a national level. Don Harris was the lead
attorney representing 31 states in the US Supreme Court of Raleigh v.
, in which he prevailed both in getting the Supreme Court to hear
the case and ultimately to unanimously rule in favor of the position he was
advocating on behalf of the many states. Don was invited to testify before
in the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on March 18,
1999 regarding proposed changes to the bankruptcy code at that time. He was
selected to participate in the proceedings before the National Bankruptcy
Review Commission that was created by Congress to recommend changes to the
bankruptcy code.

Mr. Harris has written articles in leading bankruptcy
publications and written materials and presented at several bankruptcy seminars
for attorneys. He has obtained numerous published court opinions in several
different states in the area of bankruptcy law.

He has been honored
by the New Mexico State Bar
three times with appointments to serve on the
Judicial Selection Committee. He has been selected by the New Mexico bankruptcy
judges to serve on a local rules committee.

is a highly respected member of the community and of his peers and brings
experience, dedication and a wealth of knowledge of the law and of the community
to the table when he represents his clients in Bankruptcy Law, Family and
Divorce Law, and General Law Practice matters.

Family and Divorce Law

Don Harris has represented clients in complex
domestic relations cases, involving all issues of family law, as well as
numerous complex cases involving business and financial matters. Mr. Harris has
experience as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of New Mexico
and a former Assistant City Attorney for the City of Albuquerque. For several
years, Mr. Harris was a Barrister in the Oliver Seth American Inn of Court.
Don's trial and courtroom skills are formidable. If due to bankruptcy matters or
other circumstances Divorce is an issue for you, Don invites you to visit his Albuquerque New Mexico
web site.

Public Service

Currently Mr. Harris is a City Councilor for the City
of Albuquerque. He represents approximately 50,000 people in his City Council
District. Don Harris served on the transition teams of New Mexico Governor Bill
Richardson and of Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez. His popularity with his
constituents was evident when he recently ran for re-election and received 79%
of vote in the contested election.


Don is also a husband, a father, a foster parent and
involved in youth sports activities.  Don is committed to assisting the Foster
Parents Association. He has been an AYSO soccer coach and referee for many years
and is currently the legal advisor for the West Side region of AYSO. Don and his
family have been residents of New Mexico since 1992 and residents of Albuquerque
since 1994.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1990

  1. General Practice: 25%
    25 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Bankruptcy & Debt: 25%
    25 years, 2 thousand cases
  3. Divorce & Separation: 10%
    25 years, 600 cases
  4. Family: 10%
    25 years, 400 cases
  5. Other: 30%
  6. More 



Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

14 total 

  • Judd S Nemiro

    I endorse this lawyer. Responsible and respected member of the legal community


    Judd Nemiro Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • John Naif Ellem

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Harris is a fellow member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, an organization dedicated to debtors legal rights.


    John Ellem Consumer Protection Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact Info

Harris Law

1516 San Pedro, NE
Albuquerque, NM, 87110



NMAuthorized to practice law199205/10/2010

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Board Certified- Business BankruptcyAmerican Board of Certification2012
Board Certified- Consumer BankruptcyAmerican Board of Certification2012
Judicial Selection Commitee AppointmentNew Mexico State Bar Association2004
Judicial Selection Commitee AppointmentNew Mexico State Bar Association2003
Judicial Selection Commitee AppointmentNew Mexico State Bar Association2002
First PresidentStates' Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys1995
Membership, Local Rules CommitteeUnited States Bankruptcy Court, District of New Mexico1995
Highest Grade Awarded--Commecial LawUConn Law School1989

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Owner/AttorneyHarris Law2004 - Present
Assistant City AttorneyCity of Albuquerque2002 - 2004
PresidentStates Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys1994 - 2002
Special Assistant Attorney GeneralState Of New Mexico1994 - 2002
Law Clerk, Judge KrechevskyUnited States Bankruptcy Court1990 - 1992


Association NamePosition NameDuration
New Mexico State Bar- Family Law SectionBoard Member2010 - 2012
Albuquerque Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysN/A2007 - Present
New Mexico State Bar- Bankrupcty Law SectionPresident1998 - 1999
Oiver Seth Inn of CourtBarrister1996 - 2002
States' Association of Bankruptcy AttorneysPresident1995 - 2002
New Mexico State Bar- Bankrupcty Law SectionBoard Member1995 - 1999
American Bankruptcy InstituteN/AN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Raleigh v. Illinois, 530 U.S. 15 (2000)Prevailed on behalf of 31 states
Bowers v. J&M Discount Towing, 472 F.Supp2d 1248 (D.N.M. 2006)Case Dismissed and Attorney Fees Paid by IRS
City of Albuquerque v. Sachs, 2004-NMCA-65Prevailed for City

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Publication NameTitleDate
New Mexico Family Law ManualIntersection With Bankruptcy2011
2000 Norton Bankruptcy Law AdvisorRaleigh v. Illinois Dep't of Revenue2000
House Judiciary CommitteePrepared Statement of Donald F. Harris1999
Journal of the Legal ProfessionPrisoners of Prestige1992
Bankruptcy Developments JournalBankruptcy Jurisdiction and Jury Trials1991


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Connecticut School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Consumer Bankruptcy 101Chapter 7 and Chapter 132011
Real Estate Law; Issues and AnswersCredit and Bankruptcy Issues2010
Nuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy LawManaging the Filing Process and Ensuring Ethical Conduct2010
Commercial Real Estate A to ZBankruptcy and Commercial Leases2010
Bankruptcy and the Government LawyerBankruptcy and Taxation2000
States Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys Annual ConferenceBankruptcy and Taxation1997
Annual Conference, Bankruptcy and the Government LawyerBankruptcy and Taxations1997
National Bankruptcy Review Commission October 1996 MeetingGovernment Regulatory Issues1996
Annual Conference, States Association of Bankruptcy AttorneysTaxation and Bankruptcy1995

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