also known as Don Harris
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.
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.
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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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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|NM||Authorized to practice law||1992||05/10/2010|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Board Certified- Business Bankruptcy||American Board of Certification||2012|
|Board Certified- Consumer Bankruptcy||American Board of Certification||2012|
|Judicial Selection Commitee Appointment||New Mexico State Bar Association||2004|
|Judicial Selection Commitee Appointment||New Mexico State Bar Association||2003|
|Judicial Selection Commitee Appointment||New Mexico State Bar Association||2002|
|First President||States' Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys||1995|
|Membership, Local Rules Committee||United States Bankruptcy Court, District of New Mexico||1995|
|Highest Grade Awarded--Commecial Law||UConn Law School||1989|
|Owner/Attorney||Harris Law||2004 - Present|
|Assistant City Attorney||City of Albuquerque||2002 - 2004|
|President||States Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys||1994 - 2002|
|Special Assistant Attorney General||State Of New Mexico||1994 - 2002|
|Law Clerk, Judge Krechevsky||United States Bankruptcy Court||1990 - 1992|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Albuquerque Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys||N/A||2007 - Present|
|American Bankruptcy Institute||N/A||N/A|
|New Mexico State Bar- Family Law Section||Board Member||2010 - 2012|
|New Mexico State Bar- Bankrupcty Law Section||President||1998 - 1999|
|Oiver Seth Inn of Court||Barrister||1996 - 2002|
|States' Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys||President||1995 - 2002|
|New Mexico State Bar- Bankrupcty Law Section||Board Member||1995 - 1999|
|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-65||Prevailed for City|
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|New Mexico Family Law Manual||Intersection With Bankruptcy||2011|
|2000 Norton Bankruptcy Law Advisor||Raleigh v. Illinois Dep't of Revenue||2000|
|House Judiciary Committee||Prepared Statement of Donald F. Harris||1999|
|Journal of the Legal Profession||Prisoners of Prestige||1992|
|Bankruptcy Developments Journal||Bankruptcy Jurisdiction and Jury Trials||1991|
|University of Connecticut School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1990|
|Consumer Bankruptcy 101||Chapter 7 and Chapter 13||2011|
|Real Estate Law; Issues and Answers||Credit and Bankruptcy Issues||2010|
|Nuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy Law||Managing the Filing Process and Ensuring Ethical Conduct||2010|
|Commercial Real Estate A to Z||Bankruptcy and Commercial Leases||2010|
|Bankruptcy and the Government Lawyer||Bankruptcy and Taxation||2000|
|States Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys Annual Conference||Bankruptcy and Taxation||1997|
|Annual Conference, Bankruptcy and the Government Lawyer||Bankruptcy and Taxations||1997|
|National Bankruptcy Review Commission October 1996 Meeting||Government Regulatory Issues||1996|
|Annual Conference, States Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys||Taxation and Bankruptcy||1995|