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John Paul Harris III

Personal injury Attorney at Fredericksburg, VA

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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.

 

THE HARRIS LAW FIRM

1619 Jefferson Davis Highway

Fredericksburg, VA 22401

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Licensed for 45 years
State VA
Status Active
Acquired 1977
Updated 09/21/2020

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

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John Paul Harris III
1619 Jefferson Davis Highway
Fredericksburg, VA, 22401-4651

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Posted by Larissa | October 26, 2014
Cannot reccomend enough
Mr. Harris and Cindy exceeded my expectations in every possible way. I was kept informed throughout my case. I always felt comfortable asking any question that I had and trusted the answers that were given. Mr. Harris' interactions with the other parties lawyers was truly impressive. I am more than happy with the result in my case and I know it is due to the experience and skill of Mr. Harris and Cindy, I am forever grateful.
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Posted by Donald | March 19, 2014
Motorcycle Accident
I have consulted with several attorney's in the past and none have made me feel as comfortable as Attorney John P. Harris III. Mr. Harris and his staff always made time to answer all my questions and never failed to keep me abreast as to the status of my case. I always felt that my best interest was the number one priority and my settlement reflected as much. I highly recommend John P. Harris III attorney-at-law to all seeking superior representation. He is lawyer that is trustworthy, well-informed, honest, upfront and always responsive to the client's needs and concerns.
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Posted by Susan | August 16, 2013
John "Jack" Harris is the Attorney that other local Lawyers and their family members go to for personal injury cases.
I was injured in a car accident in 2010. After speaking with others, my decision was clear. He comes highly recommended in the community and I endorse the same. Jack and his staff are very personable and efficient. I would and have recommended Jack's firm to others in need of a top notch personal injury attorney. After all, Jack did write the book on personal injury.
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Posted by Colleen | April 24, 2013
Just the person I was looking for!
I would like to extend my greatest appreciation to Mr. Harris for his prompt response and professionalism. Mr. Harris answered all my questions with great detail and made sure I understood my wrights and responsibilities from every angle. I am very impressed with his knowledge of my situation and have chosen him to represent me for this case. I have no doubts that Mr. Harris will take every action necessary to make sure I receive everything I am entitled to.
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Posted by Joe | March 19, 2013
Totally Commited and Deligent & Honest
Mr Harris is one of the rare Attornies who actually is more about helping the client and fighting for all the right reasons for all the right causes. I highly recommend him in every degree and I say that with 100% sincerity!! How many other Attornies can you say that about? Point well taken huh? Simple............give him a call and decide for yourself, you'll see I've come too a very good conclusion.
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Posted by Ashley | February 6, 2013
Mr. Harris is the best! :)
Mr. Harris absolutely exceeded all my expectations. He not only kept me informed but was also very quick in gettting back with me when I called. He was very caring and compassionate. He always provided me with the best advice when the time came to make decisions. And when we got in the courtroom Mr. Harris had the knowledge and the aggressiveness to get the job done. I have enjoyed having him represent me. A huge THANKS to him and Cindy. Yall are the best at what you do! If you want a lawyer who works for you and will get you what you deserve Mr. Harris is the only logical choice.
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Posted by James | September 12, 2012
Excellent Lawyer.
When I first slipped and fell, I couldn't find anyone to help. I went to the lawyers I have been going to for 15+ years and they would not help me. But one day I received a recommendation to go to John P. Harris, III. This was definitely the best decision I have made in a long time. He and his staff made me feel very welcome and confident that we could win, and there was hope. He left no detail out to ensure that I would gain compensation for my injury. All of the staff made sure I was well informed of what was going on throughout this ordeal. I would highly recommend Mr. Harris to anyone in a time of great need.
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Posted by Anne | September 7, 2012
Thorough, knowledgeable, and helpful in resolving my personal injury case!
The Harris Law Firm, Mr. Harris, Cindy, and Cynthia, were always very kind and courteous to me and always responded promptly. I did not know what to expect, for I have never had an injury nor ever needed a lawyer except in my divorce case. I had questions, and he had the answers. Mr. Harris always showed kindness and respect and was very professional. I settled my case without having the pressure of going to court. I was very happy with the outcome. I highly recommend Mr. Harris to any injury victim who needs an attorney they can trust.
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Posted by Dana C. | May 28, 2012
THIS MAN GAVE ME MY LIFE BACK!!!!!
Mr. Harris did his job and totally changed my life. He treated me and my case with absolute respect. He listened to me every step of the way. If I ever needed to speak with him or a member of his amazing staff, they contacted me literally immediately and answered my questions with answers I understood. when I was feeling down he never hesitated to make me feel better. Overall, my case was a success, and I cannot thank Mr. Harris, Cindy and Cynthia enough for taking good care of me and my case. If I ever need another attorney for any reason, I will consult Mr. Harris for his recommendation. He's not only a excellant attorney, He's an incrediable man, and now a wonderful friend. Thanks John!!!
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Posted by anonymous | January 4, 2012
Results
Very professional. Kept me informed and followed through. I would recommend him for car accident related cases.
Posted by Rose | December 9, 2011
Negotiating an Agreement
John (Jack) Harris helped me and my husband negotiate a settlement agreemeent to a very long, protracted lawsuit where the other side was unshakeable. We hired Jack 2 years after the lawsuit was filed and 3 years after the dispute originally began. Jack's knowledge of legal procedure resulted in a quick judicial settlement conference. We finally settled the case because of Jack's excellent negotiating skills and his cool & calm demeanor. I feel we would not have had such a favorable outcome without Jack's help. He is a good listener and easy to talk to. Knowing Jack was on the case gave me confidence. I was very pleased with his services. I recommend John (jack) Harris highly to anyone in need of an attorney.
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Posted by Dana | September 9, 2011
Personal Injury Lawyer
Mr. Harris is a gentleman whom I respect more than I can express. Mr. Harris and his staff are my Heros. They are also very knowlegable, informative, supportive, empathetic and personable. They are often my shoulder to cry on, a counslor for my frustitions, my pain and state of mind. They are often simply a pleasant and empathetic voice at the end of the line. They have kept me informed every step of the way. In fact, Mr. Harris sent me two books he wrote to better educate me as to the process my case would take. They arrived 2 days later, I continue to educate myself and use then as a resource quite often. I found them very useful and imformative. He made me an educated client and patient. He educated me as to what questions to ask my Doctors. Mr. Harris has always made himself available to me at my convience, which is a blessing, as I often I have many questions for him. I feel safe and secure knowing that Mr. Harris in in charge of my case. When I find it necessary to visit his office, I never need an appointment. I am ALWAYS greeted pleasantly and promptly. I always feel better when leaving than I felt when arriving. When making my initial appointment, I spoke with Mr. Harris personally. His demeanor was pleasant, patient, and kind. He Got me in to see him very quickly. He hung on every word, made eye contact, made me feel unique. I knew within only a moment that he could be trusted to work hard for me and that he respected and believed in me as well as my pain. I would recommend Mr. John T. Harris III to my closest friends and dearest family members. I trust him with all that I am.
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Posted by Jeremy | July 21, 2011
Dependable, great lawyer
Hired Mr. Harris as my lawyer and thus far have had a great experience. He always keeps me informed on whats going on and is extremely proffesional. Overall 10/10. Not to mention a great and helpful office staff.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-40%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • The Harris Law Firm
  • 2008 - Present
  • President
  • Harris & Harris, P.C.
  • 1978 - 2008
  • Commonwealth's Attorney
  • King George County, VA
  • 1978 - 1980

Education

  • Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • United States Naval Academy
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1965

Legal Cases

  • Walsh v. Wal-Mart Stores East LP
  • Verdict for the Plaintiff

Associations

  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • Fredericksburg Area Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1975 - Present
  • Fredericksburg Area Bar Association
  • President
  • 2002 - 2002
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board of Governors
  • 1990 - 1996
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Million Dollar Advocate
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • AV® Preeminent Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • Top Lawyers
  • Legal Times
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2006
  • ATLA Stalwart
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • 2002
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Woodward/White, Inc.
  • 1999
  • Civil Trial Advocate
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • 1985
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Seminar - Basic Medicine: Essentials for the Trial Lawyer
  • “Cross-Examination of the DME”
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (20)
Given (23)
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Unknown Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Other
"This attorney strives to get the best result for clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Medical malpractice Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Other
"I am happy to endorse this lawyer."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. This lawyer does outstanding work on behalf of his clients and is very knowledgeable on the law."
Car accident Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Friend
"I highly recommend John Harris. He has the respect of his peers and is widely recognized as one of the top trial lawyers in his area of expertise."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. This lawyer has a superior knowledge of personal injury law based upon his AVVO answers."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jack Harris is in my opinion one of the top personal injury attorneys around. He is deathly someone that I would consult if I had a case in Fredericksburg and indeed my firm reverse Fredericksburg personal injury cases to him. In my opinion he is a very hard worker and his diligent and trustworthy. You should check out his website and get some of his books before deciding which attorney to hire for your personal injury claim."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Other
"Jack has a really great practice, built on a dedication to educating his clients and expertise that consistently gets excellent results. The residents of Virginia are lucky to have a such a great advocate on their side! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Jack to anyone who has been in an accident in Virginia."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known John "Jack" Harris for many years through our work together in the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. I know him to be a fine lawyer and would recommend him on that basis alone. However, as I have gotten to know him better through the years, I can highly recommend him because of the nature of his character and commitment to his clients, two qualities that to me are as important as competence in the law. There are many lawyers in Fredericksburg, Virginia, but if you need a great lawyer who will listen to you and handle YOUR case, not just another personal injury case, I strongly suggest you meet Jack Harris."
Personal injury Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Other
"Jack is the premier personal injury attorney in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with over 30 years of experience. Years ago, Jack started on his mission of fighting for those who can’t fight for themselves by defending our country as a pilot in the U.S. Navy, a mission that he continues with today. He has dedicated his legal practice to fighting for those who are injured in accident cases against insurance companies, who are in business to collect premiums and not to pay claims. He takes a “hands on” approach with his clients and handles each case personally to make sure that his client’s get what they are entitled to get their lives back on track. I would recommend Jack to anyone looking for an attorney in Fredericksburg."
Personal injury Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The go to attorney in Fredericksburg Virginia ! I have known Jack (some friends call him John) for years as a member of several Lawyer groups. He is well known throughout the state as a thoughtful and wonderful attorney. Jack combines fiercely independent intellect with deep loyalty towards his clients. It seems everyone knows him which allows him to move smoothly among lawyers and judges. If your considering hiring Jack as your personal injury attorney, you should do so immediately so you can rely on his good judgement."
Personal injury Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Other
"My experiences with John is that he is both an excellent person and attorney. John's dedication to both his clients and community is unsurpassed. If you are a resident of Virginia and have been injured you should definitely speak to John Harris."
Personal injury Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Friend
"Although I am a lawyer in Seattle, Washington, I have gotten to know John Harris at various seminars for lawyers. We also belong to a national group of attorneys who meet occassionally during the year to discuss topics related to the improvement of case management and client services. I consider John a very skilled and talented attorney who works very hard on behalf of his clients. John has also obtained very good results on many of his cases. He deserves my highest recommendation."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John Harris is a truly outstanding attorney who is highly respected by the legal profession nationwide. He is a recognized expert in personal injury including serious injury suffered as a result of a drivers negligence as well as truck driver’s negligence and drunk drivers. He has achieved exceptional results representing victims and families in cases of nursing home abuse. John Harris’s book “The Smart Consumer's Guide To Your Personal Injury Case” is a must read for any personal injury victim. As an attorney with 30 years experience I can without equivocation state that John Harris is the right attorney to fight for the legal rights of the seriously injured."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John Harris III is a skilled Virginia personal injury lawyer who has been recognized by a number of different organizations for his outstanding achievements. In addition to John's numerous awards and recognitions, John was a pilot in the U.S. Navy protecting and defending the rights of everyday Americans like you and I. He has since left the Navy and now fights for injured Virginia accident victims. As an attorney John is honest, skilled, and well respected in the industry. He fights for you so that you can obtain the best results for your personal injury claim. If you are in need of an experienced Virginia personal injury lawyer, I highly recommend John P. Harris III."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Other
"I have the privilege of working with John Harris several times a year on a project to ensure that our clients are receiving the best value and treatment that we can provide. John deserves his AVVO 10.0 rating and he is client focused and an exceptional attorney. If you are looking for a lawyer with experience, dedication and one who will be focused on your case, call John."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Harris is an outstanding attorney, who has successfully advocated the rights of the injured for many years."
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