David G. Harris II, a partner in the firm's Global Insurance Services, Cybersecurity and Data Privacy, Product Liability, Food and Beverage, and OSHA and Worksite Safety Practice Groups, focuses his practice on the defense and counsel of insurance carriers in matters involving the interpretation of insurance policies, evaluation of coverage claims, and defense of bad faith and extra-contractual claims. As an insurance coverage litigator, David represents insurers in declaratory judgment actions seeking coverage and allocation determinations, and defends them against a variety of first-party claims, including bad faith and unfair trade practice claims.
David defends clients against property damage disputes involving matters such as fire, theft, and coverage issues arising out of catastrophic events. His practice also includes representing insurers and their insureds in complex liability matters, including construction defect actions arising out of large multi-family construction projects, catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death claims, defective product actions, and professional negligence claims.
An authority on emerging legal issues in the insurance industry, David has written numerous articles with the American Law Institute’s "Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance" project, and draws on this knowledge to counsel clients on a wide range of complex and pressing matters, as well as to advise carriers on innovative strategies to help clients achieve desired results.
Prior to entering private practice, David served as a law clerk at the North Carolina General Assembly.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Insurance, 2014-18||Super Lawyers||N/A|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Greensboro Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys||Member||N/A|
|North Carolina Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|South Carolina Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Department of Labor OSHA-10 Construction Training||Member||N/A|
|Carrier Management||Co-Author, "ALI Restatement Brings Change and Uncertainty for Carriers"||2018|
|North Carolina Bar Association||Presenter, "Privacy and Data Security — Is There Coverage for That?”||2018|
|North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys Winter Conference||Presenter, "The ALI’s Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance and the Impact of the Restatement on the North Carolina Insurance Law Practitioner,"||2017|
|Legal Newsline/Forbes.com||Quoted in “Insurers Concerned as New Legal Guidelines Are Drafted by Prominent Group,”||2016|
|Legal Newsline||Quoted in “Lawyers at Odds Over Restatement of Law Covering Liability Insurance,”||2016|
|Claims Journal||Co-Author, "The ALI Adopts Significant Portions of the 'Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance,'"||2016|
|University of North Carolina School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2006|
|University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill||BS - Bachelor of Science||2001|
|University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2001|