David L. Harris Partner

Roseland
T 973.597.2378 | F 973.597.2379



Co-Chair, Commercial & Business Litigation Practice
Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Litigation Practice

David L. Harris is first and foremost a trial lawyer with the unique capacity to quickly synthesize complex issues and present them to a jury in a clear, precise and convincing manner. He is at his finest when the factual issues are technically obtuse, the legal issues are complex and the stakes are high. David has been lauded as one of the top ten litigators in New Jersey, and he is known for his trial, appellate and arbitration skills in complex business litigation spanning multiple jurisdictions, including intellectual property, antitrust and trade secrets litigation.

David’s success lies in the strong relationships that he builds with his clients. His first priority is to understand their business inside and out, as the matter at issue is part of their business and the outcome will shape its course. Closely intertwined is his approach when taking a case to trial. His keen understanding of his clients’ business objectives drives his litigation strategy, always with the end goal in mind.

Giving back to the community and establishing a level playing field between the powerful and powerless have always defined David, and he is active in the firm’s substantial pro bono efforts. He is currently working on a high-profile matter brought on behalf of children with disabilities in New Jersey against the Department of Education for failing to provide adequate educational opportunities in general education classes.

David has a deep interest in theology and is currently studying at the Newark School of Theology, where he is a member of the board.

Representative Engagements

Successfully defended David Chase in a jury trial against a claim by a former judge that he had helped Chase create the blockbuster HBO series The Sopranos.
Prevailed in a jury trial on Joyal Products, Inc.’s patent infringement claim against Johnson Electric Company, including willful infringement, resulting in the Court awarding all our attorneys’ fees and trebling the jury verdict.
Settled a bitterly fought patent case for Dicar, Inc., after defeating Stafford Products, Inc.’s antitrust claims.
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Other Distinctions

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2003–2014) – Consistently recognized by clients and peers in complex commercial and intellectual property litigation, noting that "David Harris is championed as a 'smart, wily litigator with good trial sensibilities' [and] particular expertise in IP-related disputes."

  • The Best Lawyers in America (2003–2015) – Recognized for commercial, antitrust and intellectual property litigation as "tough, smart and knowledgeable."

  • Super Lawyers (2005–2014) – Recognized for business litigation and intellectual property.
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Publications

New Jersey Trade Secret Act Passes Assembly: What Companies Need to Know and Do
Litigation Client Alert, December 2011
David Harris, Richard Bodnar
Profile in Liberty: David Harris
ACLU Civil Liberties Reporter, April 2008
David Harris
Lowenstein Sandler PC: A Firm With A Multifaceted Approach To Diversity
The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, March 2003
David Harris, Lynda Bennett
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Press Mentions

David Harris is quoted in New Jersey Spotlight for representing the Disability Rights NJ as the lead attorney in the federal lawsuit filed against the state for failing to ensure special-education students are served in the “least restrictive environment.” , New Jersey Spotlight , February 21, 2014
In a Rutgers release, David Harris is highlighted for serving as the keynote speaker at Rutgers School of Law - Newark's Minority Student Program at their 43rd Anniversary dinner on April 14, 2011. , Rutgers.com , April 7, 2011
Lowenstein Sandler is highlighted for winning a significant patent infringement judgment for client Joyal Products, Inc. against the international motor manufacturing conglomerate Johnson Electric. The judgment reflected an award of treble damages and attorneys' fees based on willful infringement, as well as a permanent injunction and post-judgment royalties of 26% of gross revenues. David Harris and Stephen Buckingham led the Lowenstein team. , IP Today, New Jersey Law Journal, Trial.com , March 2009
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Related Areas

Antitrust & Trade Regulation
Class Action & Derivative Litigation
Commercial & Business Litigation
Employment
Intellectual Property Litigation
Litigation
Trademark Prosecution and Enforcement

Education


Rutgers University School of Law - Newark ( J.D. , 1979 ) ,
  • National Appellate Moot Court Team (1978-1979)
  • Chair, Moot Court Board (1978-1979)
  • Best Oralist, Moot Court Competition (1978)
Pennsylvania State University ( M.Ed. , 1972 )
Pennsylvania State University ( B.A. , 1970 ) ,
  • Lion's Paw
  • Skull and Bones
  • President, Student Government, Shenango Campus (1968)

Bar Admissions


New Jersey

Court Admissions


1979 , New Jersey Supreme Court
1979 , U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
1979 , Pennsylvania Supreme Court
1982 , U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
1987 , U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
1987 , U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
1993 , U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
2001 , U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

Affiliations


  • American Bar Association
    • Intellectual Property Committee
    • Chair, Subcommittee Trade Secret Damages and Other Remedies
  • International Institute of Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) Panel of Distinguished Neutrals (2004-present); Member of the Diversity Committee (2005-present)
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • New Jersey Board of Trustees
    • President (1994-1999)
    • Trustee (1990-2000)
  • National Board of Directors (1992-1994)
  • Commissioner, New Jersey Commission on Racism and Racial and Religious Violence (1990-1994)
  • Rutgers University Law School President, Alumni Association (1988-1989)
  • Editorial Board, New Jersey Law Journal (1992-1994)
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Garden State Bar Association
    • Board of Directors (1982-1987)
  • National Bar Association
  • Trial Lawyers of New Jersey
  • Essex County Bar Association
    • President's Advisory Council (1989-present)