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Harris Justin Brumer

Divorce and separation Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   65 reviews

Licensed for 14 years

About Harris

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            Harris Brumer is a 1997 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.  Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.   He served on active duty for six years as a military intelligence officer and was stationed with the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.   In 2002, he earned a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University, while still on active duty.  Mr. Brumer left the Army as a Captain in 2003 and attended law school locally in San Diego at The Thomas Jefferson School of Law. 

 

            Upon graduation from law school in 2006, Mr. Brumer worked in both criminal defense and in bankruptcy law at two private firms in San Diego.  In 2009, he began work as the civilian Director of Legal Assistance at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.  Legal Assistance is a free service that is offered to all active duty personnel, their dependents, and military retirees.  At Miramar, he handled practically all civil matters, to include:  Family Law, Landlord/Tenant law, Consumer Law, Bankruptcy, and Federal Civil Rights (SCRA, USERRA, etc.).  However, during this time, Mr. Brumer developed a true passion for Family Law and aggressively represented hundreds of clients in divorces, support cases, child custody matters, move-away orders, and domestic violence cases.  Mr. Brumer noticed that many Family Law attorneys in San Diego lacked his unique knowledge of the military and its specific application to Family Law.  He has since sought to fill this void.

 

            After successfully serving for 3 ½ years, Mr. Brumer left government service and decided to go into private practice.  Mr. Brumer made this move, in part, to better serve clients without the restraint of government rules and regulations that he felt unnecessarily impeded his ability to properly fight for his clients’ rights.  Mr. Brumer realized that a successful Family Law practice requires far more than the drafting of legal documents or negotiating settlements.  It requires in depth knowledge and courtroom experience.

 

            Mr. Brumer is a Certified Specialist in Family Law, in accordance with the California State Bar, California Board of Legal Specialization.  He looks forward to serving you!

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Licensed for 14 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2008
Updated 09/07/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Harris

The Law Office of Harris J. Brumer, APC
One America Plaza
600 West Broadway, Suite 700
San Diego, CA, 92101

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Speedy Professional
I never thought I would ever have to hire a lawyer in my life but thank god I found Harris. I was searching and reading reviews of lawyers throughout this site after I was suddenly served with a TRO from my ex-girlfriend. I did not want to have a permanent restraining order on my record due to it decreasing my chances of moving forward in my career. I contacted Harris a couple of days before the hearing date and he explained to me clearly the steps on what we needed to do proceed. He clarified what my rights were and how the court system worked and helped me fill out my response to the case. I was impressed with Harris knowledge of Domestic Violence cases and the effort of research he put in building our defense. Having Harris by my side made the whole process go smoothly and made me a lot more relaxed. During the hearing Harris was able to present our defense to the judge in a way I could have not done by myself which led the TRO and case being dismissed. So I am very thankful for Harris and his hard work in representing me.
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Posted by Steven | January 7, 2019
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Outstanding Attorney
Harris is an outstanding attorney! His professionalism and integrity was conveyed from the moment we met. He guided me through a difficult period of time in my life through rational and honest conversations. He was dependable and fair to make the process as painless and efficient as possible. Harris is very reasonably priced and completely honest with his billing. He is extremely hard working and will ALWAYS give you his very best to get you the best options possible to make informed decisions you are comfortable with. I would HIGHLY recommend Harris to anyone needing a solid, respectable, trustworthy, and knowledgeable attorney willing to work for you, your situation, and your peace of mind!
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Posted by anonymous | July 26, 2022
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A Great Attorney
Harris Brumer did a great job for me through my divorce process. He was very specific in what he needed from me. He was timely in responding to emails. He listened to my concerns and requests, and then gave the necessary legal advice that helped me to make decisions along the way. I am very happy with the outcome of my divorce settlement. Lastly, at the finalization of the divorce, Harris encouraged me to look into a financial advisor to help me make decisions concerning my financial future.
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Posted by JoAnne | July 19, 2022
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The Best of the Best
Harris was an amazing lawyer! Being married for 26 years and needing a divorce attorney for the very first time, I was referred to Harris from a dear friend. He listened to my concerns and guided me with his expertise through a very emotional divorce. He was patient, empathic, tough and answered all my questions(and there were many). He didn’t take advantage of my time and billed fairly! I am so grateful to Harris for being my attorney and for getting the job done in a timely fashion and would highly recommend him 1000%!
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Posted by Daniel | May 24, 2022
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My experience with Harris Brumer
I hired Mr. Brumer in January of 2021 to represent me in a support arrearage case, and handicapped adult child support issue. Mine was a very challenging case with a time frame of over 30 years since the finalization of my divorce. I reside in Illinois, which made things a little more difficult. Harris accepted the challenge with grace, honesty, and integrity. We only met in person once during the entire process when I traveled to California for what we thought would be the final hearing. Everything had to be done by mail, phone, and computer. With his representation we proved that I did not owe any arrearage, but that I had actually overpaid on my child support. With his insight of the law, we set up an adult support order for my handicapped child. He was in the court room when I couldn’t be, and kept me posted every step of the way. It took over 14 months for a ruling but he remained dedicated and true until the final hearing. I would not hesitate to hire him again if needed. As a Retired Marine Corps officer, I expected the best from him and he gave a 110%. A true legal professional that cares about his client and justice.
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Posted by Eric | May 2, 2022
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An attorney who fights for more than just finalizing a divorce
Harris did an amazing job with my case. It was an extremely difficult case due to fighting off a false TRO, not once, but twice, multiple lies from the other party and with it being a contested divorce with minor children. Harris was always available to talk, answer any questions that I had and put me at ease throughout the trying times of what was the last two years. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking an attorney and guarantee that you will not be disappointed.
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Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2022
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Great attorney
Harris was professional, knowledgeable, and a very helpful attorney. When going through such a tough personal time you want to know that you have chosen the best attorney out there as you navigate the changes that your family is experiencing. I always felt heard and that he had my family’s best interests in mind.
Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2022
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Excellent attorney
Mr. Brumer was prompt in responding to emails. Service of summons was challenging, but he did it in an efficient and timely manner. He was professional, and reasonable with his billing. Would not hesitate to recommend him.
Posted by Justin | February 1, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Lawyer
Harris was instrumental at helping me keep calm and understand how to come out of the divorce process feeling relieved. He listed and addressed all my needs and wants. He ensured all the required documents and communication was checked and correct before proceeding. Everything was done methodically and I felt like the right decision was made. I would absolutely hire him again.
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Posted by Russell | July 31, 2021
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Patience, Communication, and knowledge.
Mr. Brumer was very professional, and very very patient with dealing with me and the nonsense from my ex-wife. I feel sorry having to send him some of the stuff I had to send, but he dealt with it very professionally, and again was very very patient in this case. We eventually came to an agreement without having to go to court and I took his wisdom to heart. You will not go wrong with Mr. Brumer. Hopefully, I won't need him again, he is however still on quick dial. Thank you for all your help, Mr. Brumer.
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Posted by Amanda | April 22, 2021
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My Light at the End of the Tunnel
Words cannot express enough how grateful and thankful I am to have come across Harris. He really does his work and shows how passionate and caring he is about what he does. To me, my case or situation seemed very difficult and brought a lot of anxiety and doubt before reaching out to Mr. Brumer. I am a single mother who joined the US Air Force in order to provide a better quality of life for my 8 year old daughter, for job security, for education purposes, benefits, and for many other good reasons. I left my daughter with her father as her temporary guardian while I was away for basic military training and tech school for the Air Force. Once I completed my training I became Active Duty Air Force, and was permanently stationed and settled in Oklahoma, I contacted Mr. Brumer to file for a move-away so that my daughter could come live with me in Oklahoma. I needed a judge’s approval or my daughter’s father to give me written permission to move my daughter out of the state of CA, and her father would not allow it so I had to get the judge’s approval through court. I went through mediation, which I really thought went really well, but to my surprise, the FCS (Family Court Services) report from the mediator came back recommending that my daughter should stay back in CA with her father. I was in shock, very upset, and about to lose my mind, but Mr. Brumer always gave me hope and stayed firm and positive for me which helped me regain my confidence and to stay motivated to keep pushing forward. Mr. Brumer was the angel sent from heaven that I had been praying so much for. He definitely helped me keep my calm. Mr. Brumer always stayed in contact with me when I had questions or concerns and he definitely made sure that I knew ahead of time what he needed from me. He made sure to keep track if I had turned in something he needed from me, and if I hadn’t turned something in, he would always make sure to remind me that it was due soon. Mr. Brumer was the perfect fit for me; He knew Family Law like he knew the palm of his hand, but he also adds a twist by also knowing military law so well and applying it perfectly into my case. During the beginning of the court hearing, Mr. Brumer basically woke me up and demanded me to show more passion and interest in the way that I was answering questions. He was showing more passion than I was and that made me realize that I had to act quick and do something about it. I was really impressed on how he took my case to a very personal level. Before the final court ruling, Mr. Brumer noticed how nervous I was, and he asked me if it was ok if we said a little prayer. I agreed, and his words of wisdom calmed my soul, made me feel at peace, and confident that everything was going to be alright. The judge ruled in my favor, and I get to move my daughter to Oklahoma with me starting this Summer of 2021!!! I do not know if you believe in God, or a god, or in a higher power, but this man (Mr. Brumer), is definitely an angel sent from up above and he will without a doubt stand up for what he believes is right and go to war for you in court to protect you and your family, and you will be walking out of that court with a huge victory. Mr. Brumer is definitely one of the few, true, honest, passionate, and aggressive attorneys out there that is trustworthy (which we all know very well how rare and difficult it is to find an attorney with any of these characteristics or qualities nowadays). I would recommend Mr. Brumer to my friends and family in less than a heartbeat, and to anyone out there who is seeking someone to represent them.
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Posted by Virginia | January 28, 2021
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Extremely Happy
I am so satisfied with how Mr Brumer handled my case . He was very knowledgeable with my situation and answered all my questions. He was quick and available with responding to my emails or phone calls .
Posted by Jim | November 19, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Would recommend without hesitation
A divorce is a difficult process to navigate, both emotionally and from a legal standpoint. Harris helped us in a calm, supportive manner through the entire process. Was not an easy task as Covid-19 has made many things more of a challenge this year. We were very happy that we were referred to Harris by a friend. We had met with another attorney first, and did not feel comfortable with him and he seemed to not listen to our specific needs like Harris did.
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Posted by Anthony | August 19, 2020
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He was very helpful in my family law case!
Harris Brumer was very supportive, personable and professional from the day I reached out to him for support with my family law case (divorce). He helped me with every aspect of making sure we filed all the necessary paperwork on time, he communicated well with my former wife's attorney, and he helped me have realistic expectations for the court hearing outcomes.
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Posted by Teri | July 15, 2020
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Harris was a very great help to me with my divorce
Harris always responded quickly every single time I communicated with him, right from the first contact. He explained every step clearly, guided me through the process of collecting documentation, and handled the whole process with efficiency and courtesy. He is very knowledgeable and extremely thorough, ensuring that there were no omissions, unnecessary delays or changes. His competence and professionalism made a sad and painful situation go as smoothly and easily as possible.
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Posted by Andre | July 1, 2020
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Expert and Patient Case Management
Mr. Brumer helped me through a separation and divorce and did an amazing job throughout. He was very helpful, his advice was spot on, and he was patiently guided me through what is a difficult and challenging experience. I would not hesitate to recommend him.
Posted by Alyssa | April 22, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and gets the job done
Harris is fantastic. He has handled two of my cases and both times he did so with a wonderfully professional nature. He is efficient and to the point and just plain gets things done and he gets them done right. Communication was always fast and he always answered all of my questions and made me feel at ease. Most importantly, Harris cared about me and my case, always asking how I was doing. If I ever need legal counsel again, I would most definitely return to him.
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Posted by SL | November 20, 2018
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MS
I am not the type of person who writes reviews, but I owe Mr. Brumer a good one. I am thankful that I had him to help me with my divorce during my most difficult time. He doesn't smile much, but he is a very smart and kind attorney. He can impress you with his ability to spot the points of weakness in an oppositions argument. He gave me the legal service more than what I paid for. My heartfelt thank-you to Mr. Brumer.
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Posted by anonymous | July 10, 2018
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Military Pension Division Order
Harris is well versed in military law and requirements to obtain military pension division orders for military divorces. He worked tirelessly to obtain pension payments in arrears as well as to establish the military pension division order for current payments from a retired ex. He is a caring, diligent and compassionate attorney. I have been very satisfied with his dedication and perseverance with the very unusual circumstances of my situation and am very happy with the financial resolution and judgement in this case. You can't find a better family law attorney in San Diego!
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Posted by Marc | April 18, 2018
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To the rescue
I was in a dark place and really needed some help Harris came to my Rescue, if you’re looking for an attorney that’s going to treat you like a human being and is not only interested in the all mighty dollar like so many others I’ve met, look no further than Harris Justin Brumer. You will be treated like a human being and if he’s unable to help you he will lead you in the direction where you can find the help you need I’ll like and say is running into Harris for me was a Godsend.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • The Law Office of Harris J. Brumer,. APC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • The Law Office of Buono & Brumer, APC
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Director Legal Assistance
  • Department of Defense, MCAS Miramar
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Attorney At Law
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Intelligence Officer
  • U S Army
  • 1997 - 2003
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Education

  • Houston Family Law Trial Course
  • 2014
  • Thomas Jefferson SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Michigan State University
  • MS - Master of Science
  • 2002
  • U S Military Academy
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1997
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Legal Cases

  • DV/TRO: LB v. DMA
  • Petitioner received a 6 month Restraining Order
  • DV/TRO: T.V. vs. S.L.
  • Two year restraining order granted against Father, supervised visitation with children.
  • CMS Property Management, Inc v. Thear Sin
  • Case dismissed with Prejudice

Associations

  • National Association of Military Defense Lawyers
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • 2016 - Present
  • Louis M. Welsh American Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2013 - Present
  • San Diego Family Law Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law Veteran's Clinic
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Military Law Committee
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Bar Association of North San Diego County
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2014
  • BNI San Diego
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2016
  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2016
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top Attorney
  • AVVO
  • 2016
  • Top 26 Attorneys In San Diego
  • Expertise http://www.expertise.com/ca/san-diego/divorce-attorney
  • 2016
  • Top Attorney 2015
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • U.S. Army
  • 2003
  • Army Achievement Medal
  • U.S. Army
  • 1998
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Publications

  • AVVO Legal Guide
  • The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act
  • 2013
  • AVVO Legal guide
  • The Survivor Benefit Plan
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Louis M. Welsh American Inn of Court
  • How to Persuade Jurors and What They are Looking For
  • 2014
  • American Inns of Court
  • The Life Cycle of the Expert Witness
  • 2014
  • MCAS Miramar
  • Legal Issues Effecting Military Deployments
  • 2013
  • MCAS Miramar Pre-Marital Seminar
  • PS. Before You Say I Do (Legal Issues Effecting Marriage)
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (46)
Given (52)
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Family law is very emotional and Harris has the right personality for it, very understanding, professional, patient and friendly."
Family Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Harris is honest, reasonable and fair. He is a zealous advocate for his client and works hard to help his client's achieve their desired outcome."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a long time participant in Avvo, I often receive pleas for help from indigent people with a legal problem who have little or no financial resources. Recently, I responded to such a plea from a retired veteran who recently lost his wife. He explained his financial circumstances and it struck a chord with me. I asked him to contact 3-4 San Diego BK lawyers and felt confident he would get some help. Sure enough, Harris Brumer responded to the same Avvo post and quickly offered to take the BK matter pro-bono. It turns out that Mr. Brumer is a former military officer who often helps fellow vets. I am proud to recommend Mr. Brumer as an excellent lawyer with a big heart. You can't get a better combination than that."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Harris is calm and compassionate, which serves him well in an emotional practice like Divorce and Separation. Having known Harris for years, I can attest to his attention to detail and his energy and enthusiasm. I endorse Harris Brumer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Works hard for clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have sent Mr. Brumer clients in the past and received very positive feedback. He is very knowledgeable about family law and military law and I would trust him with my own family's legal issues. I strongly endorse him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Harris is an excellent attorney. He is a consummate professional who fights to obtain the best results for his clients. I endorse Harris!"
Military law Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Brumer is well versed in military law. He loves to help his clients, and his fellow colleagues in the community. Mr. Brumer is superb attorney!! I am happy to endorse him!"
Family Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Harris Brumer is a fine bankruptcy attorney and I feel very confident referring clients to him."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Other
"Attorney Harris Justin Brumer has provided some excellent answers on Avvo which demonstrate the depth of his knowledge and his passion for helping others."
Family Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Brumer has provided excellent advice to people using avvo. He is an asset to the legal community."
Military law Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Harris over the past few months. He is a stellar person and a great advocate for his clients. Harris has a unique background and experiences to draw from that allow him to effectively counsel his clients. He's hard working and knowledgeable about the law. I wouldn't hesitate to refer a client to him."
Family Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Harris last year as a member of the Welsh Inn of Court in San Diego. Through our many conversations, Harris demonstrated an incredible amount of knowledge in his fields of practice. He has a acquired this knowledge through years of experience representing individuals. He is competent, personable, and responsible. Harris' professionalism shines in all that he does. Without a doubt, I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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