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Nancy Hutcheson Harris

Divorce and separation Attorney at Tampa, FL

5.0   2 reviews

Licensed for 37 years

About Nancy

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For more than 30 years, Nancy Hutcheson Harris has practiced exclusively in the area of marital and family law. Her firm, Harris, Hunt & Derr, P.A., resolves complex family law matters using the collaborative or traditional methodologies. She focuses on protection without destruction, guiding clients through their most difficult challenges, while preserving the client’s most important assets – the family and their financial future.

Ms. Harris was chosen by her peers as Tampa’s #1 divorce lawyer in Tampa Magazine in 2017 & 2018 and was named Family Law Lawyer of the Year in U.S. News – Best Lawyers®. For more than 15 years, Ms. Harris has been listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, a compilation of select attorneys who have consistently earned an AV-rating, the highest score awarded by Martindale-Hubbell®. Ms. Harris has been recognized as one of Florida's outstanding lawyers in Florida Super Lawyers®, Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, Tampa Bay Magazine’s Top Lawyers, Legal Leaders’ Tampa’s Top Rated Lawyers, The National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers, and The Best Lawyers in America. Her firm, Harris, Hunt, & Derr, P.A., has made the list of U.S. News- Best Law Firms® since 2016.

Nancy Harris is a founding member of the Tampa Bay Academy of Collaborative Professionals, earning recognition for her outstanding contributions to the collaborative movement. She is a frequent lecturer at Continuing Legal Education programs throughout Florida and, in 2016, presented at the 5th European Collaborative Practice Conference in Amsterdam.

Ms. Harris received the Hillsborough County Family Law Professionalism Award, selected by her attorney peers as having exemplified the highest standards of ethics and professionalism in the practice of family law. Ms. Harris authored the chapter on Collaborative Divorce in West Publishing Corporation’s Florida Family Law, 2011-2018 ed. (Vol. 23, Florida Practice Series).

Ms. Harris is currently on the Board of the Tampa Theatre; the Morean Arts Center Board of Trustees; formerly served on the Academy Prep Center Board of Trustees and the United Way Board of Trustees; and participates annually in the Lawyers for Literacy program.

For recreation, Ms. Harris enjoys challenging treks. She has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro; completed the Tour of Mont Blanc, France; reached Everest’s Base Camp; traversed Coast to Coast England; trekked the GR20 in Corsica; hiked the mountains of Bhutan; and climbed Mount Fuji.

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Licensed for 37 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1985
Updated 11/23/2022

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

Contact Nancy

Harris, Hunt & Derr, P.A.
Harris, Hunt & Derr, P.A.
360 Central Avenue
8th Floor
Saint Petersburg, FL, 33701
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Posted by Lisa | August 24, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce lawyer
Nancy and her associate Cory were extremely attentive to an international divorce that could have been drawn out and messy. They were meticulous in detailing what was needed from us to allow the process to be as pain-free as it could possibly be under the circumstances. They were knowledgeable, forthcoming, expedient and caring. It was clear to us that they wanted to help and not hinder the process and they demonstrated a high level of humanity in the process. We are forever grateful and highly recommend Nancy and her firm.
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Posted by Kevin | January 25, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Review of Nancy Harris
I was not planning to write a review of my attorney and am typically a bit skeptical of lawyers based on my background as a PhD in Communication Studies. That said, I feel compelled to write a review of Nancy Harris and her law firm Harris & Hunt. Nancy Harris was absolutely fantastic in assisting me with my separation and divorce, including the smallest details. If you are in the Tampa Bay area or anywhere close and need an attorney for any family issue, particularly a divorce, I would strongly recommend a consultation with Ms. Harris. She was incredibly attentive from the outset, extremely fair with her pricing including a surprisingly generous assessment of her own time, and knowledgeable about both the relevant legal questions and the overall process. I never felt like I was out of the loop and I know she fought hard for my rights while keeping my own sanity in mind. I have two children and her focus on the custody questions was a relief and ultimately very successful. Her firm was also helpful in preparing for an equitable distribution of assets with my ex-wife and I always received timely and useful replies to my queries. Hiring her was definitely a decision I am glad I made--her expertise was well-worth the expense and I am confident I obtained a fair arrangement and a much better settlement than I would have without her firm in my corner. Typically these are big moments in someone's life (it was for me) and Nancy Harris is the kind of attorney that is comforting and a strong advocate on behalf of her clients. I was not disappointed at all with my choice and feel as though she is the kind of attorney you need for such a difficult process.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Harris, Hunt & Derr, P.A.
  • 1998 - Present

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Law
  • N/A

Associations

  • Hillsborough County's Maritial and Family Law
  • Former Chair
  • N/A
  • Tampa Bay Collaborative Divorce Group
  • Founding Member and Past Co-chair
  • N/A
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Executive Committee
  • Former Chair
  • N/A
  • Florida Bar, Grievance Committee
  • Former Chair
  • N/A
  • Tampa Bay Collaborative Divorce Group, Executive Committee
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Collaborative Family Law Council of Florida
  • Past VP and Current Board Member
  • N/A
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Family Law Rules Committee
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Executive Committee
  • Member, Past Chair
  • N/A
  • Global Collaborative Law Council
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Family Law American Inn of Court of Tampa
  • Master
  • N/A
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Collaborative Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Civil (Non-Family) Collaborative Law Committee
  • Member
  • N/A
  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Nancy Harris
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Tampa's Top Rated Lawyers
  • Legal Leaders
  • 2015
  • The Top Attorneys in Florida
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • The Top Attorneys in Florida
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Tampa's Top Rated Lawyers
  • Legal Leaders
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2014
  • The Top Attorneys in Florida
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Tampa's Top Rated Lawyers
  • Legal Leaders
  • 2013
  • The Top Attorneys in Florida
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Tampa's Top Rated Lawyers
  • Legal Leaders
  • 2012
  • The Top Attorneys in Florida
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • The Top Attorneys in Florida
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Top Lawyers
  • Tampa Bay Magazine
  • 2010
  • The Top Attorneys in Florida
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • The Top Attorneys in Florida
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • The Top Attorneys in Florida
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2006
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2002
  • Hillsborough County Family Law Professionalism Award
  • Hillsborough County Family Law
  • 2001
  • Leading Florida Attorneys
  • Law and Leading Lawyers
  • 1998
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Publications

  • Florida Family Law (Florida Practice Series)
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • 2014
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer Magazine
  • Collaborative Practice: Not Just for the Family Lawyer
  • 2013
  • Florida Family Law (Florida Practice Series)
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • 2013
  • Florida Family Law (Florida Practice Series)
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • 2012
  • Florida Family Law (Florida Practice Series)
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • 2011
  • Florida Trend
  • Enough is Enough
  • 2002
  • The St. Petersburg Times
  • Lawyers promote simpler divorces
  • 2001
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Speaking Engagements

  • Evidence: A Family Law Practitioner's Winning Game Plan
  • Hearsay: What Did They Say
  • 2014
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • Interviewing and Counseling 101: How to get the right clients in the door and keep them there
  • 2013
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Resolving Employment Disputes Through Collaborative Law Process
  • 2013
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association , Mediation and Arbitration Section
  • Mediation - Tips from the Top
  • 2012
  • Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse: What Every Judge Should Know
  • 2012
  • AFCC 48th Annual Conference
  • Managing alienation, estrangement and child sexual abuse allegations in the parenting coordination process
  • 2011
  • SPALSS
  • Collaborative Law
  • 2010
  • Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Institute
  • Joint Experts: When to Use or Not to Use
  • 2009
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section
  • Trial Preparation and Strategies
  • 2006
  • Florida Bar Family Law Section
  • Trial Advocacy Seminar
  • 2005
  • NPR Interview
  • Alimony Termination/Modification Upon Retirement
  • N/A
  • Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Seminars
  • Maritial and Family Law
  • N/A
  • CNN NEWS Televised Appearance
  • Impact of Retirement on Long Term Spousal Support
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

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Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Nancy Harris is a highly experienced, knowledgable marital and family law attorney. She has been a leader in Collaborative Divorce Law and continues to encourage other attorneys to practice collaboratively. She is a creative and effective mediator, able to help parties and counsel resolve complicated family law matters. I highly recommend Ms. Harris as counsel on a case or as a mediator to assist the parties and their counsel to conclude their case."
Family Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Truly dedicated to collaborative law and the benefits of same to Florida families."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Nancy Harris is an extremely competent divorce lawyer. She was given the Professionalism Award by the Family Law Inn of Tampa and keeps her client's interests above all else."
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Tampa Divorce and separation Lawyer Nancy Hutcheson Harris
Nancy Hutcheson Harris
Divorce and separation Attorney
Tampa, FL
Licensed for 37 years