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Donald F. Harris

also known as Don Harris

About me

Background and Education


 

Don Harris graduated Cum Laude from the University of Connecticut Law School and scored in the top one percent on the national bar exam. He clerked for the chief judge of one of the busiest federal bankruptcy courts in the country. Don is the Past Chair and a current member of the Bankruptcy Section of the New Mexico State Bar as well as former board member and current section member of the family law section. He is a current member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.

Don founded and was the first president of the States' Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys (SABA) which is a national association of state and local governmental legal professionals who coordinate and cooperate in bankruptcy matters on a national level. Don Harris was the lead attorney representing 31 states in the US Supreme Court of Raleigh v. Illinois, in which he prevailed both in getting the Supreme Court to hear the case and ultimately to unanimously rule in favor of the position he was advocating on behalf of the many states. Don was invited to testify before Congress in the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on March 18, 1999 regarding proposed changes to the bankruptcy code at that time. He was selected to participate in the proceedings before the National Bankruptcy Review Commission that was created by Congress to recommend changes to the bankruptcy code.

Mr. Harris has written articles in leading bankruptcy publications and written materials and presented at several bankruptcy seminars for attorneys. He has obtained numerous published court opinions in several different states in the area of bankruptcy law.

He has been honored by the New Mexico State Bar three times with appointments to serve on the Judicial Selection Committee. He has been selected by the New Mexico bankruptcy judges to serve on a local rules committee.

Don is a highly respected member of the community and of his peers and brings experience, dedication and a wealth of knowledge of the law and of the community to the table when he represents his clients in Bankruptcy Law, Family and Divorce Law, and General Law Practice matters.


Family and Divorce Law


 

Don Harris has represented clients in complex domestic relations cases, involving all issues of family law, as well as numerous complex cases involving business and financial matters. Mr. Harris has experience as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of New Mexico and a former Assistant City Attorney for the City of Albuquerque. For several years, Mr. Harris was a Barrister in the Oliver Seth American Inn of Court. Don's trial and courtroom skills are formidable. If due to bankruptcy matters or other circumstances Divorce is an issue for you, Don invites you to visit his Albuquerque New Mexico Divorce web site.


Public Service


 

Currently Mr. Harris is a City Councilor for the City of Albuquerque. He represents approximately 50,000 people in his City Council District. Don Harris served on the transition teams of New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and of Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez. His popularity with his constituents was evident when he recently ran for re-election and received 79% of vote in the contested election.


Personal


 

Don is also a husband, a father, a foster parent and involved in youth sports activities.  Don is committed to assisting the Foster Parents Association. He has been an AYSO soccer coach and referee for many years and is currently the legal advisor for the West Side region of AYSO. Don and his family have been residents of New Mexico since 1992 and residents of Albuquerque since 1994.

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Bankruptcy: 25%
    26 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. General Practice: 20%
    26 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Divorce: 10%
    26 years, 600 cases
  4. Family: 10%
    26 years, 400 cases
  5. Other: 35%
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Payment

Fees:

Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Robert P. Matteucci Jr.

    I have worked with Don as the opposing counsel on several cases. Don is an assertive advocate for his clients, but he also knows how to find common ground and, if possible, settle cases without going to Court. He is very professional and knowledgeable regarding family law.

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Contact info

New Mexico Financial Law

320 Gold Ave, SW
Suite 610
Albuquerque, NM, 87102

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NMAuthorized to practice law199205/10/2010
COInactive199406/16/2016
CTRetired199007/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Board Certified- Business BankruptcyAmerican Board of Certification2012
Board Certified- Consumer BankruptcyAmerican Board of Certification2012
Judicial Selection Commitee AppointmentNew Mexico State Bar Association2004
Judicial Selection Commitee AppointmentNew Mexico State Bar Association2003
Judicial Selection Commitee AppointmentNew Mexico State Bar Association2002
First PresidentStates' Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys1995
Membership, Local Rules CommitteeUnited States Bankruptcy Court, District of New Mexico1995
Highest Grade Awarded--Commecial LawUConn Law School1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/AttorneyHarris Law2004 - Present
Assistant City AttorneyCity of Albuquerque2002 - 2004
PresidentStates Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys1994 - 2002
Special Assistant Attorney GeneralState Of New Mexico1994 - 2002
Law Clerk, Judge KrechevskyUnited States Bankruptcy Court1990 - 1992
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Albuquerque Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysN/A2007 - Present
American Bankruptcy InstituteN/AN/A
New Mexico State Bar- Family Law SectionBoard Member2010 - 2012
New Mexico State Bar- Bankrupcty Law SectionPresident1998 - 1999
Oiver Seth Inn of CourtBarrister1996 - 2002
States' Association of Bankruptcy AttorneysPresident1995 - 2002
New Mexico State Bar- Bankrupcty Law SectionBoard Member1995 - 1999
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Raleigh v. Illinois, 530 U.S. 15 (2000)Prevailed on behalf of 31 states
Bowers v. J&M Discount Towing, 472 F.Supp2d 1248 (D.N.M. 2006)Case Dismissed and Attorney Fees Paid by IRS
City of Albuquerque v. Sachs, 2004-NMCA-65Prevailed for City
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
New Mexico Family Law ManualIntersection With Bankruptcy2011
2000 Norton Bankruptcy Law AdvisorRaleigh v. Illinois Dep't of Revenue2000
House Judiciary CommitteePrepared Statement of Donald F. Harris1999
Journal of the Legal ProfessionPrisoners of Prestige1992
Bankruptcy Developments JournalBankruptcy Jurisdiction and Jury Trials1991
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Connecticut School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Consumer Bankruptcy 101Chapter 7 and Chapter 132011
Real Estate Law; Issues and AnswersCredit and Bankruptcy Issues2010
Nuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy LawManaging the Filing Process and Ensuring Ethical Conduct2010
Commercial Real Estate A to ZBankruptcy and Commercial Leases2010
Bankruptcy and the Government LawyerBankruptcy and Taxation2000
States Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys Annual ConferenceBankruptcy and Taxation1997
Annual Conference, Bankruptcy and the Government LawyerBankruptcy and Taxations1997
National Bankruptcy Review Commission October 1996 MeetingGovernment Regulatory Issues1996
Annual Conference, States Association of Bankruptcy AttorneysTaxation and Bankruptcy1995

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