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Phillip Joseph Harris

Litigation Attorney at Tampa, FL

5.0   6 reviews

also known as Phillip Harris

  • State Years
    Florida - FL 16 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 14 years
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2007
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2009
    Administrative Suspension No misconduct found

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

About Phillip

Learn Phillip’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation

    16 years, 500 cases

  2. Commercial real estate

    16 years, 500 cases

  3. Business

    16 years, 500 cases

Please describe a case(s) in the last year or two where you made a big difference.
I recently represented an small, but publicly traded, company in a lawsuit to return the sale of thousands of shares of stock in what was clearly a fraudulent business transaction. We were able to act quickly in having suit filed in federal court and secured a temporary restraining order enjoining various clearing house/brokerage firms around the country from trading the stock. After securing the temporary restraining order and freezing sale of the the stock (that would have crushed our client's stock prices had they been dumped on the open market) we were able to negotiate with the defendants from a position of great leverage. Ultimately, we settled the case in a deal that saved the company's reputation and stock prices, as well as hundreds of dollars in future attorneys' fees and costs.


How did you build a successful practice?
I've always believed that if you want something bad enough, you can make it happen. I've always wanted to become a great lawyer. It's been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember and I've worked hard at it. I try hard to pay attention to things that I know matter to my clients. I try hard to return all calls and emails within a few hours, if possible. I think my hard work and responsiveness has paid big dividends in building my practice. 


What should clients look for in a lawyer?
Integrity, honesty, responsiveness, intelligence, and the ability to develop creative solutions to difficult problems.


How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?
Local knowledge can be very important. Practicing mainly in the Tampa Bay area, I've found this to be a relatively small town where everyone seems to know each other. There have been many instances in which knowing the lay of the land so to speak has come in handy in providing my clients with business advice. 


What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?
A full discussion of the potential client's legal issues and possible areas where legal help is required. We can also discuss things like fees, retainers, and short/long term strategy.


What information do you need in a free phone consultation?
A summary of the potential client's issues that may require legal assistance and an idea of what the potential client would like to accomplish through my retention.


What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?
I think what sets me apart is my several years of big law firm experience in variety of different practice areas. I'm a well-versed attorney and have recently been named a Florida "rising star." I enjoy working what I do and have a passion for helping solve my client's legal problems. I have a fresh and positive outlook on the practice of law.


What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
The excitement of helping resolve my client's problems. On the litigation side, it would definitely be seeing a lot of hard work pay off with results that make my clients happy.


What are your other interests in addition to law? 
My family and friends are a top priority. In my spare time, I enjoy golf, running, travel, and professional sports.


Are you involved in your community? 
Extremely. I'm on the board of counselors at the University of Tampa which is just down the street from my office. I'm also active in the Tampa Chamber and the Hillsborough County Bar Association.


Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin
201 E. Kennedy Blvd
Suite 1100
Tampa, FL, 33602

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Posted by Evelyn | September 29, 2014
This is the attorney you want and need!!!
Mr. Harris is a very intelligent and understanding attorney. He is patient and answers all your questions in layman's terms so that you understand what he is explaining. He sincerely is concerned and cares about doing the right thing for his clients. He is very good about communicating and returning calls and many times answers his own calls when he is available. I recommend him highly for anyone seeking an attorney for their legal needs. I will continue to use him as needed as my own personal attorney as the needs arise. He really is outstanding in his field!
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Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2014
Excellent Attorney!
I would highly recommend Phillip Harris. He is knowledgeable and able to clearly communicate with his clients. He is responsive and kept me informed throughout the case.
Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2014
Phillip Harris provides excellent legal services
I'm glad to say that I have found Phillip Harris. He is a person of the highest integrity, compassion and professionalism. I was very pleased that Phillip discussed the case with me, answered all my questions, and made me feel I was in good hands. I was impressed with the way he handled my case. I would definitely recommend Philip Harris to anyone looking for Professional Attorney, who pays attention to details, who " hears" you and communicates clearly, concisely and effectively. THANK YOU PHILLIP HARRIS!
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Posted by PKP | July 2, 2014
Outstanding Lawyer... Best in the Business
Mr Harris is the very best. I started my litigation with another law firm, totally unhappy with them; I searched for a new attorney that would be knowledgeable, complete things on time and keep me informed. Taking on my case was not an easy task. My file was 6 inches thick. Mr Harris needed to sort through the mess, understand and then prepare an action plan to move forward. He did just that. He is extremely attentive to accuracy and detail. He always had the time to answer all of my questions, explaining the law in terms I could understand. He is quite brilliant and really nice. Phillip Harris is the Best of the Best.
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Posted by Dave | June 26, 2014
Dave Penny review for Phillip Harris
I have been dealing with Phillip for over one year and he has proven to be not only a professional but a friend as well. He is fair and honest and always does what is in the best interest of his clients. I have dealt with several lawyers in the past and have had more negative than positive experiences. Phillip is smart, honest and a very skilled attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2013
Knowledgeable, Experienced, Well Versed, Responsive
Phillip has given us great confidence in our case. He is a lawyer that actually seems to care. He has been very responsive. His background and knowledge help us to trust his advice. We have worked with many attorneys in the past, many of them lacked follow up, concern for our case and communication. Phillip has always been fair in his billing and is an excellent lawyer. His rating should be much higher.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.8 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Adams & Reese
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP (Tampa)
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Associate
  • Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin
  • 2008 - 2011


  • Stetson University College of Law
  • law
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Titan Biofuels v. Palmdale Oil
  • Pending
  • George v. Price
  • Pending
  • Ribo Associates v. Klotz Family Enterprises
  • Pending
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  • University of Tampa
  • Board of Counselors
  • 2012 - Present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Committee Member - YLD
  • 2012 - Present
  • Tampa Chamber of Commerce
  • Emerge - Young Professionals Committee Member
  • 2012 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Legal Elite Up & Comer
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2013


  • Internal - Firm
  • Internal Client Updates - Business Law
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Client Update - Condo Associations
  • Current Law - Chapter 718 - Condominiums
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (13)
Endorse Phillip
Business Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred numerous clients to Phillip for all their legal questions related to their business. From general incorporation of a new business to a complex legal dispute between companies, Phillip has consistently provided exceptional legal services to his clients."
Business Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Harris is a dedicated attorney who endlessly fights for his client's interests. I would never hesitate sending Phillip a client in need."
Tampa Litigation Lawyer Phillip Joseph Harris
Phillip Joseph Harris
Litigation Attorney
Tampa, FL
Licensed for 16 years
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