Jeffrey M. Harris is a partner at Bancroft PLLC. His practice focuses on Supreme Court, appellate, and complex litigation. In September 2015, he was named to the Legal Times list of “DC’s Rising Stars,” which identified “some of the most accomplished young attorneys in the D.C. area.”
Mr. Harris has been the lead brief writer for numerous merits briefs, amicus briefs, and certiorari-stage briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court. He played a key role in Bancroft’s victories before the Court in Integrity Staffing Solutions v. Busk, 135 S. Ct. 513 (2014), Perry v. Perez, 132 S.Ct. 934 (2012), and Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham, 132 S.Ct. 2156 (2012). Mr. Harris also maintains an active practice before the courts of appeals, federal and state trial courts, administrative agencies, and arbitral tribunals. He has argued before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Sixth, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits, has argued multiple dispositive motions in federal district court in major constitutional and class-action cases, and has cross-examined an expert witness in a trial before a three-judge district court. He also drafted the appellate briefs in DuPont v. Kolon, 564 Fed. Appx. 710 (4th Cir. 2014), in which the Fourth Circuit vacated a $919 million judgment against Bancroft’s client (which had been the fourth-largest jury verdict of 2011).
Mr. Harris previously served as a law clerk to Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., in the Supreme Court of the United States, and to Judges David B. Sentelle and Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Before joining Bancroft, he practiced at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel from 2009 to 2011.
Mr. Harris graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2006, where he served as a senior editor on the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy and an officer of the Federalist Society. He received his undergraduate degree in economics and government from Georgetown University, where he graduated magna cum laude and received the B.J. Phoenix Medal, which is awarded annually to the top economics graduate. He also studied at the London School of Economics from 2001 to 2002.