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Originally from New York City, Richard A. Harris, Esq. has made Colorado his home for the past 20 years. Rich received his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California and his Juris Doctor degree from the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver.

Rich's passion for superior representation in the practice of divorce and child custody law is the driving force behind The Harris Law Firm. He has been recognized by his peers in the legal community on numerous occasions, and frequently lectures on family law issues. Committed to the idea that clients should be as informed as possible about their legal rights, he is the author of numerous, published articles about family law. In 2008, Rich co-authored the publication, Colorado Family Law Deskbook by Bradford Publishing.

In 2006, Rich Harris was chosen to be one of Denver's 40 Under 40 based on his business leadership, community involvement, and recognition of his accomplishments. Each year, the Denver Business Journal has includes a special section called "40 Under 40" to recognize a diverse group of young, dynamic business leaders whose efforts in the workplace and in the community are shaping the future of Denver.

In 2006, 2007 and 2008, Rich was selected as one of Colorado Super Lawyers for Family Law. Super Lawyers are considered leading attorneys in the area of law in which they practice, and are selected via a survey of the state's top lawyers by Law & Politics Magazine. In 2010, Rich was voted Best Family Law Attorney by Law Week Colorado's Barrister's Best Issue, and the firm was voted Best Family Law Firm in Denver, by the People's Choice per Law Week Colorado. Also in 2010, Rich was an invited speaker at Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section annual meeting in August addressing practice management issues, including those that have allowed his firm to maximize client service and case management and contributed directly to The Harris Law Firm's consistent recognition by the State Supreme Court as a leader in pro bono activity. Rich and the firm were recognized again for their pro bono work in 2011. This year, Rich was also a finalist in Law Week Colorado's list of Top Lawyers of the Decade, and the Firm was nominated for Law Firm of the Year by the Colorado Lawyers Committee.

Rich was awarded the highest "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell. The AV rating is the pinnacle of professional excellence earned through a peer review rating process that is managed and monitored by the world's most trusted legal resource. He also serves on the boards of The Adoption Exchange, and the Colorado Lawyers Committee. Rich is a Fellow of the Colorado Bar Association, and is active in Rotary International and The Denver Bar Association. In 2009 Rich was appointed as Chair of the Board of Metro Volunteer Lawyers, an organization that coordinates pro bono service to indigent people throughout the Denver metropolitan area. In 2009, Rich founded and currently serves as the President of "The Road to Hope", a Colorado-based non-profit organization dedicated to helping the orphaned children of Haiti. The same year, Rich and his wife Lisa adopted 2 children from Haiti. Rich and Lisa now have 2 biological children, 2 girls and a boy from China, and the 2 newest members of the Harris clan are from Haiti.


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Contact info

1125 17th Street.
Suite 450
Denver, CO, 80202

The Harris Law Firm

123 North College Avenue
Executive Center - Suite 200
Fort Collins, CO, 80524-2489


Practice areas


  1. Family: 100%
    24 years



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

14 total 

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  • Lawrence Michael Zavadil

    I endorse this lawyer. Rich is very knowledgeable and savvy and a great person.


    Lawrence Zavadil Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Dana Palmer

    Richard is a leader in the world of Family Law. He is also a true humanitarian who supports various causes throughout the world. He has adopted several children and is of a tremendous giving spirit. He is focused and works to deliver value to his clients with new methods of serving the needs of his clients as a pioneer in his field. I recommend Richard without hesitation.


    Dana Palmer Estate planning Attorney
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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Family Law AttorneyLaw Week Colorado2010
Best Family Law Firm by Peoples ChoiceLaw Week Colorado2010
Outstanding VolunteerismMetro Volunteer Lawyers2010
Pro Bono Achievement AwardThe Supreme Court of the State of Colorado2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Super LawyerColorado Super Lawyers2008
Super LawyerColorado Super Lawyers2007
40 Under 40Denver Business Journal2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
President and Managing PartnerThe Harris Law Firm1993 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Road to HopePresident2008 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Denver Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Metro Volunteer LawyersPresident2009 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
RIch Harris helps to pass House Bill 1097Bill Passed
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Publication nameTitleDate
HFL WebsiteParenting time and the best interests of the children2011
The Harris Law Firm10 Ways to Limit Your Attorney Fees2010
The Harris Law FirmUnderstanding the Myth of Common Law Marriage2010
The Harris Law FirmColorado Divorce Proceedings Timeline2010
Law Week ColoradoNon-Nuclear Families Change Courts2010
Fox TV NewsIs it Child Abuse?2010
The Harris Law FirmThe Cost of High Conflict Marriages and Divorces2009
Bradford Publishing.Colorado Family Law Deskbook2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Denver Sturm College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Rich is a frequent guest on the Martino ShowColorado Family Law2011
Proposed Colorado LegislationVirtual Visitation2011
Colorado LegislatureHouse Bill 10972010