Born and raised in the Chicago area, my path to Colorado is one that has allowed me to benefit from life experiences in and out of the legal profession. After graduating high school, I enlisted in the military and served aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln and the USS Enterprise in the Navy. Serving during the first Gulf War, I was an electrician and a member of a firefighting team. While out at sea, I chose to enroll in college courses taught during our ship's tour of the Pacific Ocean and Persian Gulf. This experience sparked an interest in U.S. History and I decided to attend college after I was Honorably Discharged.
After helping my family open and manage one of our family restaurants, I enrolled in and began to excel at Speech Communications at the University of Illinois. This prompted me to continue my education and become an attorney. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree, I chose to attend law school at the Chicago-Kent College of Law for its excellent trial advocacy program and their reputation for producing successful trial attorneys. I was also a law clerk at a preeminent employment law litigation firm, where I assisted attorneys in preparing for State and Federal Court trials. These experiences taught me the two most important skills a family law attorney must have: the patience and skill of a successful negotiator, and the preparation and work ethic required to be a successful trial attorney.
After receiving my law degree, I began my legal career as an associate in a well-established family law firm in the Chicago area. At this firm, I was mentored by some of the best attorneys I have ever known. This experience not only taught me all aspects of family law, it gave me a deeper understanding of the emotions and turmoil involved in the breaking of the family unit. It gave me an appreciation for those going through the process, which allowed me to guide them through the process as quickly and painlessly as possible.
A few years later, I had the opportunity to relocate to Phoenix, Arizona to become a felony prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. I was responsible for the prosecution of drug offenders, drug dealers, car thieves and other felony offenders. This office honed my trial skills, taught me successful strategies in preparing for trial, and understanding the complexities of trying cases before a jury.
By chance, an alumnus from my law school contacted me to start a family law firm. With my background as a family law attorney and the experience of dozens of jury and bench trials under my belt, I was able to handle all aspects of managing a family law firm. This position helped elevate the way I represent family law clients that I continue to use to this day: Communicate with clients on a one-on-one basis and decrypt the "legalese" of the divorce process; Keep clients informed about their cases at all times; Develop and present multiple case strategies for clients to choose from; and explain best and worst case scenarios so clients know what to expect. I have received positive feedback from former clients on my style of providing straight-forward, down to earth advice, with an emphasis on informed, responsive customer service. Finally, when a client desires to negotiate an agreement rather than litigate my experience as a Mediator and family law attorney benefits my clients in minimizing cost, time and the stress of a trial. However, when parties cannot reach agreement and litigation is necessary, my experience as a family law litigator and former felony prosecutor works to the benefit of my client.
From Arizona, I made the decision to move to Fort Collins, Colorado. This decision did not come lightly as the sunny, warm weather of January Arizona mornings were fond memories. Although it may seem cliché, the decision was made for the love of a girl. It is a decision made without regret. Since my move to Fort Collins, I have fallen in love with the state of Colorado and am happy to call it home.
I am active member of the Fort Collins community. I am involved with the Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary Club and the many we ways our club helps others in need. I am actively involved with the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce and the Larimer County Food Bank. If I am not in the office or involved with Rotary, you can find me enjoying time with my wife Starla and my stepson Noah.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Recognition of Service||Rotary Breakfast Club Fort Collins||2010|
|Partner||The Harris Law Firm, P.C.||2007 - Present|
|Partner||Law Offices of Scott David Stewart||2005 - 2007|
|Deputy County Attorney||Maricopa County -Attorney's Ofc||2004 - 2005|
|Associate||Sullivan Taylor & Gumina||2002 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Rotary International||N/A||2009 - Present|
|Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce||N/A||2009 - Present|
|Larimer County Bar Association||N/A||2008 - Present|
|Colorado Bar Association||N/A||2007 - Present|
|Spouse held accountable for lavish spending||100% of client's assets protected|
|Attorney fee award against opposing party for withholding parenting time||Award of attorney fees|
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|The Harris Law Firm Website||What About QDROs?||2011|
|The Harris Law Firm Website||Minimizing Conflict in Your Relationship||2011|
|The Harris Law Firm||What is Extravagant Spending?||2010|
|The Harris Law Firm||New Twist on Traditional Family Relationships||2010|
|The Harris Law Firm||Urging Judges to Take a Stand||2010|
|The Harris Law Firm||Divorcing When One Party is Living Out of State||2010|
|The Harris Law Firm||Military Divorces on the Rise||2010|
|The Harris Law Firm||More on Common Law Marriage||2010|
|The Harris Law Firm||Colorado Father's Rights||2010|
|Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology||Law||Juris Doctorate||2001|
|University of Illinois||History||Bacherlor of Arts||1998|
|United States Navy||Petty Officer Third Class||Honorable Discharge||1994|
|Rotary 4 Way Ethics guidance for high school seniors||Ethical Dilemmas in the Workplace||2010|
|Career Day||Becoming a trial attorney||2010|
|Rotary 4 Way Ethics guidance for high school seniors||Ethical Dilemmas in the Workplace||2009|
|Prosecutor Training - Maricopa County Attorneys Office||Trial Traning for New Prosecutors in Maricopa County Justice Courts||2005|