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Ryan D. Harris is the managing attorney and principal of Harris Personal Injury Lawyers. Ryan has extensive experience in Personal Injury law and litigation. Ryan is a graduate of Brigham Young University, where he majored in Spanish and minored in History. Ryan attended law school at California Western School of Law in San Diego, California on an Academic Scholarship. While in law school, Ryan served as an Editor for the Cal Western Law Review. He finished law school with distinction, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Ryan is fluent in Spanish and has been certified bilingual by the University of Salamanca in Madrid, Spain.


Ryan's early legal experience included clerking for a Superior Court Judge, and working for insurance defense firms. However, his true passion lies in representing injured individuals and their families against major insurance companies. Ryan finds satisfaction in helping these less fortunate individuals. This has served him well, as Ryan has successfully settled and/or tried to verdict numerous cases, both large and small, on behalf of his clients.


After practicing personal injury law for several years, Ryan founded Harris Personal Injury Lawyers. Ryan formed the law firm on the principal that injured persons and their families should have access to the same quality legal representation as large insurance companies. Harris Personal Injury Lawyers is a premiere personal injury law firm. The law firm only handles personal injury cases, and only represents injured persons and their families. The law firm does not represent insurance companies.


Ryan is licensed to practice in all California State Courts. Ryan is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles, the San Diego Bar Association, the Orange County Bar Association, and the American Association of Justice.


Outside of work, Ryan enjoys many recreational activities, including surfing, football, and basketball.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 30%
    15 years, 900 cases
  2. Trucking Accident: 20%
    15 years, 35 cases
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
    15 years, 1 thousand cases
  4. Slip and Fall: 10%
    15 years, 25 cases
  5. Other: 20%
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  • Tanya Ellen Ortega

    Ryan is a bona fide trial attorney – juries love him and insurance companies fear him. He commands a courtroom and understands the unique psychology that is trial law. Ryan is tough, ethical, aggressive and most importantly – effective. Any injured individual in need of representation should trust Ryan.


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Contact info

Harris Personal Injury Lawyers

689 Tank Farm Road, Suite 240
San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401

Harris Personal Injury Lawyers

629 State Street
Suite 201
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101

Harris Personal Injury Lawyers

301 Mission Avenue
Suite 203
Oceanside, CA, 92054



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Attorneys of San DiegoTop Lawyers2013
Multi-Million Dollar AdvocateMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2011
Oustanding Trial AttorneyCASD2010
Million Dollar Advocates Forum MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2010
Premier Trial LawyersThe Verdict Club2009
Best Associate EditorCalifornia Western School of Law2001
Outstanding Academic Performance in Internship SeminarCalifornia Western School of Law2001
Magna Cum LaudeCalifornia Western School of Law2001
Award for Academic ExcellenceCalifornia Western School of Law2000
Outstanding Academic Performance in Criminal LawCalifornia Western School of Law1999
Linguistic CertificateDepartment of Defense1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerHarris Personal Injury, Inc.2005 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Central Coast Trial Lawyers Association (CA)Member2011 - Present
Santa Barbara County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
San Luis Obispo County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
North County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
North County Bar Association, Lawyer Referral ServiceMember2009 - Present
Lawyers Referral and Information Service of SD CountyMember2009 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of San DiegoMember2003 - 2007
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember2003 - 2007
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2001 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
$950,000 Mediated Settlement for our client$950,000 Mediated Settlement for our client
$13.3 million for client injured in head-on collisionPlaintiff awarded $13.3 million.
$1.6 million settlement for client who was struck by vehicle who made unsafe lane change$1.6 million settlement for client
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Publication nameTitleDate
Verdictsearch publicationGibbs, Davis v. Garicia, SDG&E2010
The Los Angeles Daily JournalGibbs, Davis v. Garcia, SDG&E2010
Daily JournalNotable Verdicts 20102010
Verdictsearch publicationCortez v. Tavasci2009
Verdictsearch publicationJones v. Ibanez2009
Verdictsearch publicationLetizia v. Bautista2009
Verdictsearch publicationRytlewski v. Pearce2009
Verdictsearch publicationHertel v. GE2009
Verdictsearch publicationSugui v. State Farm2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Western School of LawJuris DoctorN/A2001
Brigham Young UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Cal Western School of LawHow to Develop a Law Practice After Law School – An Open Forum2005