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About me

Although I once worked for large and medium sized law firms, I am now a sole practitioner who maintains an office in downtown Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, dedicated primarily to the individual consumer and taxpayer.


I practice in the areas of bankruptcy, tax, estate, business and real estate law
and engage in litigation involving those practice areas.


I received a bachelors degree in history from the Pennsylvania
State University,
a law degree with honors from the University
of Miami where I was the
recipient of American Jurisprudence awards in Trusts and Estates and Administrative Law and a Master of Laws degree
in Taxation from the New York University School of Law. 


I am a member of the Bars of the States of Pennsylvania and Florida, and am admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United
States Court of Appeals for the Third
Circuit, the United States District Court for the Middle District of
Pennsylvania, and the United States Tax Court. I have been accorded an “AV”
rating, the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell law directory. I also serve as a mediator in bankruptcy and estate


I am particularly proud to be a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Lawyers.


I serve as well as an officer and on the boards of many civic and charitable organizations.



Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 40%
    33 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Estate Planning: 15%
    32 years
  3. Wills: 15%
    33 years
  4. Contracts: 15%
    33 years, 1 thousand cases
  5. Tax: 15%
    33 years, 300 cases



Hourly ($150-300/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Jonathan Scott Comitz

    I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Harris is an exceptional attorney. I highly recommend his services.


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  • Jason Paul Provinzano

    David has been a very close friend and mentor whom I deeply respect and admire. David’s knowledge of the law is remarkable, and, as a fellow practitioner, he is someone I reach out to with tough questions. David is always willing to go above and beyond for his clients and for this peers. He treats people with dignity and respect, and I am grateful to know him.


    Jason Provinzano Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
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Contact info

Law Office of David J. Harris

69 Public Square
Suite 700
Wilkes Barre, PA, 18701-2515


FLMember in Good Standing198406/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell1994
Cum LaudeUniversity of Miami1983
American Jurisprudence Book Award in Administrative LawAmerican Jursiprudence1983
American Jurisprudence Book Award in Trust and EstatesAmerican Jurisprudence1982
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office Of David J. Harris1991 - Present
AssociateRosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald, LLP1986 - 1991
AssociateMershon, Sawyer, Johnston, Dunwody & Cole1985 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2005 - Present
Middle District Bankruptcy Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Luzerne County Bar AssociationN/A1986 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
Florida Bar AssociationN/A1984 - Present
American Bankruptcy InstituteMember1993 - 2002
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Pelliccia v. United States Department of EducationRemand Resulted In Judgment in Favor of Plaintiff
United States of America v. Joseph A. and Phyliss G. DonotoBankruptcy Court Decision Affirmed
Floyd C. and Marian L. Hoffman v. Commissioner of Internal RevenueCase Settled By IRS's Withdrawal Of Assessment
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York University School of LawTaxationLL.M1985
University of Miami School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Pennsylvania State UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
20th Annual Bankruptcy InsitituteTop 10 Issues Lawyers Face When Filing Personal Bankruptcy for Small Business Owners of Consumer Debtors2015
19th Annual Middle District Bankruptcy InstituteTaxes and Bankruptcy: Pre-Petition Strategies and Post-Petition Consequences2014
16th Annual Bankruptcy InsituteStrategic Uses Of Tax Returns To Prepare A Bankruptcy Petition and Schedules2011
Nuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy LawThe Basics of Chapter 132010
Annual ConferenceMortgage Modification Legislation2009
Annual ConferenceTax Law in Bankruptcy2008
Annual ConferenceCramming Down a Car Loan In Bankruptcy2007
Cutting Edge Estate Planning TechniquesCrummey Trusts2005