David L. Harris Retired Partner

New Jersey
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David L. Harris fully retired at the end of March 2017.

He was 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 successes lay in the strong relationships that he built 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 was active in the firm’s substantial pro bono efforts. In retirement David doubled down on his wide range of interests. He is currently active on the boards of the Blanton-Peale Institute in New York City, the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race (Vice Chair), and the Donald M. Payne Global Foundation (Treasurer). In addition he is active in the SOMA Action Network, working primarily on voting rights, and in several ministries of the Prospect Presbyterian Church in Maplewood, NJ.

David has a deep interest in theology and studied at the Newark School of Theology, where Chairman of the Board of Trustees until 2013.

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 - Lawyer of the Year (2017)  

  • The Best Lawyers in America (2003–2017) – Recognized for commercial, antitrust and intellectual property litigation as "tough, smart and knowledgeable."  

  • Super Lawyers (2005–2016) – Recognized for business litigation and intellectual property.   

  • Norman Vincent Peale Award for Positive Thinking (May 2016) 

  • Thurgood Marshall College Fund Award of Excellence (March 2015)

  • New Jersey Law Journal, Lifetime Achievement Award (May 2015)

  • New Jersey Bar Association Pro Bono Award For Exemplary Service (October 2014) - Recognized for volunteering thousands of hours and advocating for inclusion of children with disabilities in the general education classroom in conformance with Federal and State law. 

  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Segal-Tweed Founders Award for outstanding leadership and unwavering commitment to promoting a more just society through equal justice under law (December 2014).

  • Rutgers Law School Minority Student Program Honoree and Keynote Speaker (April 2011 and April 2003)

  • Legal Services Foundation Eakeley Award for Outstanding and Dedicated Service to Those in Need (October 2008)

  • Volunteer Lawyers for Justice Community Service Award in Recognition for Service and Dedication to Meeting the Legal Needs of Indigent Persons in New Jersey (September 2006).

  • National Law Journal (May 2000) - Recognized as one of the "Top Ten Litigators in New Jersey."

  • Legal Services of New Jersey Equal Justice Medal for leading, organizing and promoting the pro bono efforts of private attorneys on behalf of low income people (November 1999).

  • Rutgers Law School Alumni Association Fannie Bear Besser Award in Public Service for exceptional pro bono service (October 1994).

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
Business Litigation
Employment Counseling & Litigation
Litigation
Trademark Prosecution and Enforcement

Education


Rutgers Law School ( 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
Pennsylvania

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 (2004-2014); Member of the Diversity Committee (2005-2014) 
  • The Network of Trial Law Firms (1995-2014), Executive Committee (2004-2009), President (2007-2008) 
  • 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, Alumni Association, Board of Directors (1981-1994), Executive Committee (1985-1990), President( 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 (1989-2014)