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Wilmer Joseph Harris

Employment and labor Attorney at South Pasadena, CA

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1990
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About Wilmer

Learn Wilmer’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    70%
    Mr. Harris represents workers who have suffered sexual harassment, discrimination and whistleblower retaliation.

    34 years

  2. Discrimination
    10%

    34 years

  3. Sexual harassment
    10%

    34 years

  4. Wrongful termination
    10%

    34 years

Mr. Harris graduated from Stanford University in 1986 with an A.B. degree in Economics, with Distinction, and Honors in Humanities. Mr. Harris was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa in 1985.

 

Mr. Harris graduated from UCLA School of Law in 1990, earning Order of the Coif honors and American Jurisprudence Awards in Evidence, Moot Court and Remedies.

 

Mr. Harris worked as Law Clerk to the Honorable David W. Williams for one year after his law school graduation. He entered private practice thereafter, practicing business litigation for two years with the law firms Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler and Blanc, Williams, Johnston & Kronstadt.

 

In January 1994, Mr. Harris joined the Law Offices of Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. His practice area changed dramatically as he began representing clients in civil rights cases. In August 1995, Mr. Harris joined the firm (named Schonbrun De Simone Seplow Harris& Hoffman in 1999) where he concentrates primarily on the representation of employees in disputes with employers.

 

In November 1999, Mr. Harris opened the Pasadena office of the firm where he remains the resident partner. In February 2003, Mr. Harris will be one of the speakers at the Los Angeles County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Symposium, speaking on the issue of discrimination.

 

Since 1996, Mr. Harris has worked on cases that have resulted in approximately $13 million in total payment to his clients. Mr. Harris' practice covers the full spectrum of employment disputes as the following few examples of case recoveries illustrates:

 

Sex Harassment: $1,250,000 

Racial Discrimination: $3,250,000 

Disability Discrimination: $875,000 

Age Discrimination: $235,000 

Location

Wilmer Joseph Harris
715 Fremont Ave
South Pasadena, CA, 91030

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Posted by Tracy | August 24, 2022
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Wilmer is a wonderful attorney
I hired Wilmer and his team to handle my employment case and we were able to push for a settlement 2 years after the first complaint filed. I was rejected by many many other attorneys at first since my profession is hard to understand by straight forward illustrations. Many other attorneys told me my case will be hard to be comprehended by jury if we go to trial. I went with another 5 star attorney at first and he dropped me after 1 st complaint filed. Wilmer was the 1st attorney who told me he would take my case. After the other attorney dropped me, I went back and asked Wilmer if he would accept me, Wilmer accepted me and he cured the mess ever since. Not only he was experienced and empathetic, he was very smart and learned about my case in a professional way. Even though my final settlement was slightly short compared to my target, I still strongly recommend Wilmer. He was truly kind and truly a fighter against hidden discrimination. I was impressed by his first depo against the defendant, which made the defendant a stupid liar, in a very professional way. I truly appreciate his help. I strongly recommend him as a past client by all my heart
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Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2016
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Experienced, thoughtful and empathetic
Wilmer is a deeply experienced and thoughtful attorney who helps set client expectations well based on his knowledge of the legal system and typical length of cases before resolution. He is also extremely empathetic and helpful. I would recommend him without any hesitation and was referred to him by another attorney who vouched for his high standards and level of excellence.
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Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2016
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The very best in the field!
Wilmer is extremely knowledgeable about his area of law, remarkably intelligent, with exceptional instincts in legal strategy and case planning, always supported by his strong grasp of law and legal precedent. Wilmer took my case that many attorneys in the same field wouldn't touch and achieved success. He guided me through a very complex, precedent-setting case with the utmost integrity and professionalism. I was always informed about developments in the process. Working with him was a pleasure. I would recommend Wilmer to you in a heartbeat!
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Posted by Peter | February 22, 2016
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Excellent, caring attorney.
Once Wilmer took on my case, he displayed his intelligent, determined and caring approach to working with me. He explained all of the legal and administrative aspects of the case to me clearly. He kept me aware of deadlines and gave me materials to review in a timely manner. When I asked, he discussed strategies and tactics with me. We prepared for depositions and meetings and I always felt confident going into them. Working with Wilmer made a complex and difficult situation as clear and comfortable as it could be under the circumstances.
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Posted by Jerry | February 17, 2016
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A true beacon of Light when the world is so Dark.
I have had the unfortunate experience of requiring the services of a lawyer throughout my life. Bluntly - most are a joke and a sell out. Not Mr. Harris. In my fifty plus years he is the best and I wouldn't hesitate one minute about asking for his help. Class actions - no problem, employment - no problem. When you are wronged you need the best representation and he is definitely that. Thank you and I truly hope that you consider Mr. Harris. I only wish I would have known him much sooner in life.
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Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2016
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Excellent Attorney
Wilmer and his team were phenomenal! They took my case, which included cultural resources compliance law, and went the extra mile and then some to learn the nuances of historic preservation law. They did an absolutely fantastic job in representing me! I would highly recommend Wilmer for future legal services!!
Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2016
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TOP NOTCH ATTORNEY
Wilmer Harris handled my case with integrity, intelligence, and the utmost of professionalism. He was able to explain the complexities of my case in layman's terms so I knew exactly what was happening with each milestone as it pertained to my legal issues. He was able to successfully resolve my legal issues and I have referred individuals to his firm over the years. Thank you again for successfully litigating my case!
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Schonbrun, Seplow, Harris & Hoffman LLP
  • 1995 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices Of Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr.
  • 1994 - 1995
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  • Blanc Williams Johnston & Kronstadt
  • 1993 - 1994
  • Attorney
  • Kaye Scholer Fierman Hays & Handler
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Clerk
  • Honorable David W. Williams
  • 1990 - 1991
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Education

  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • Stanford University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

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  • California State Bar Employment Executive Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2011 - 2012
  • California State Bar Employment Executive Committee
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2013

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Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 28
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 01
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"Will Harris is an extremely talented attorney who works diligently on behalf of his clients. He is a strong advocate with excellent credentials. I recommend him wholeheartedly."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 18
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South Pasadena Employment and labor Lawyer Wilmer Joseph Harris
Wilmer Joseph Harris
Employment and labor Attorney
South Pasadena, CA
Licensed for 33 years