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“I endorse this lawyer. Andrew is a brilliant and trustworthy attorney. My firm relies on Andrew to represent our clients on many appellate issues from protecting and upholding our verdicts after trial to working to assist us in trial preparation. I have been working with Andrew for more than 10 years as our appellate attorney.”

~ John Patterson

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Attorney Andrew A. Harris is the founder and owner of Harris Appeals, P.A., in West Palm Beach, Florida. Board certified in appellate practice by The Florida Bar, Mr. Harris has more than 15 years of total legal experience, and he provides unmatched appellate representation to a diverse range of clients throughout Palm Beach County and South Florida.

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Harris has successfully handled more than 300 appeals, and he has provided invaluable trial support in hundreds of cases in state and federal courts across his region. He has extensive experience drafting motions and preparing his clients’ cases for trial as well as providing unmatched litigation support and post-verdict remedies.

From his efforts, Mr. Harris has achieved significant success advocating on behalf of those he serves, and he has gained a long record of helping his clients challenge a previous ruling regarding their cases so that they can obtain the justice they deserve. Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, he has earned designation as an emerging leader in his field along with many top rankings and endorsements from his peers, and he has received numerous positive testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

A 1999 graduate of Florida State University, Mr. Harris attended the George Washington University National Law Center, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2002. He is an active member of the Florida Justice Association, the Palm Beach County Bar Association and The Florida Bar, and he serves on the Board of the Palm Beach County Justice Association.

Education

  • Florida State University, B.S., Magna Cum Laude, 1999
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., With Honors, 2002
    • Member and Notes Editor of Law Review, 2001-2002

Clerkship

  • Fourth District Court of Appeal, The Honorable Robert M. Gross, 2002-2005

Bar Admissions

  • The Florida Bar, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2009
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2008

Professional Organizations

  • Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Florida Justice Association
    • Appellate Chair, 2014-2015, 2019-2020
    • Amicus Committee Vice-Chair, 2019-2020
    • Board of Directors, Member, 2020-21
  • Palm Beach County Justice Association
    • Board of Directors, Member, 2014-2019
    • Secretary, 2020, Treasurer Candidate, 2021.

Board Certification

  • Board-Certified by The Florida Bar in Appellate Practice, 2011 to present

 

Awards and Recognition

  • S. Victor Tipton Award, Florida Justice Association, 2021. This is the organization’s highest honor for those individuals with a superior achievement in legal writing and commitment to the profession.
  • Florida Super Lawyers: Appellate Practice, 2014-2020; Rising Stars 2013
  • South Florida Legal Guide, Appellate Practice, 2020, 2015-2020, Up and Comers
  • Florida Trend Legal Elite, 2019-2020, Up and Comers, 2014-2016
  • Palm Beach Illustrated Top Lawyers in Appellate Practice 2018-2020

Representative Cases

  • Moultrop v. Geico, 2020 WL 5372296 (Fla. 4th DCA 2020).
  • Davis v. Muro, 284 So. 3d 1081 (Fla. 4th DCA 2019)
  • Geico v. Steinger, Iscoe & Greene-II, P.A., 275 So. 3d 775 (Fla. 3d DCA 2019)
  • Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. v. Winters, 272 So. 3d 510 (Fla. 3d DCA 2019)
  • Harvey v. GEICO Gen. Ins. Co., 259 So. 3d 1 (Fla. 2018)
  • Cantore v. West Boca Med. Ctr., Inc., 254 So. 3d 256, (Fla. 2018)
  • Jervis v. Castaneda & GEICO Gen. Ins. Co., 243 So. 3d 996 (Fla. 4th DCA 2018)
  • USAA General Indem. Co. v. Gogan, 238 So. 3d 937 (Fla. 4th DCA 2018), review pending, SC18-500
  • Philip Morris USA Inc. v. Gore, 238 So. 3d 828 (Fla. 4th DCA 2018)
  • Gelsomino v. ACE American Ins. Co., 207 So. 3d 288 (Fla. 4th DCA 2016)
  • Go v. Normil, 184 So. 3d 554 (Fla. 4th DCA 2016)
  • Perez v. Suszczynski, 809 F.3d 1213 (11th Cir. 2016)
  • Pratt v. Weiss, 161 So. 3d 1268 (Fla. 2015)
  • Berg v. Young, 175 So .3d 863 (Fla. 4th DCA 2015)
  • North American Capacity Ins. Co. v. C.H., 173 So.3d 1075 (Fla. 2d DCA 2015)
  • Special v. West Boca Med. Ctr., 160 So. 3d 1251 (Fla. 2014)
  • Hoang Dinh Duong v. Ziadie, 153 So. 3d 354 (Fla. 4th DCA 2014)
  • Ford v. Ford, 153 So. 3d 315 (Fla. 4th DCA 2014)
  • Castellanos v. Target Corp., 568 Fed. Appx. 886 (Fla. 11th Cir. 2014)
  • Masone v. City of Aventura, 147 So.3d 492 (Fla. 2014)
  • Montero v. Nandal, 597 Fed. Appx. 1021 (11th Cir. 2014)
  • Lopez v. Andie’s, Inc., 137 So. 3d 528 (Fla. 4th DCA 2014)
  • Straub v. Muir-Villas Homeowners Ass’n, 128 So. 3d 885 (Fla. 4th DCA 2013)
  • Pelham v. Walker, 135 So. 3d 1114 (Fla. 2d DCA 2013)
  • Bradshaw v. Boynton-JCP Assocs., Ltd., 125 So. 3d 289 (Fla. 4th DCA 2013)
  • Poland v. Zaccheo, 82 So. 3d 133 (Fla. 4th DCA 2012)
  • Durse v. Henn, 68 So. 3d 271 (Fla. 4th DCA 2011)
  • Nason v. Shafranski, 33 So. 3d 117 (Fla. 4th DCA 2010)
  • Perryman v. Crawford, 968 So. 2d 83 (Fla. 4th DCA 2007)

Publications and Presentations

  • Non-binding Arbitration: Can you partially accept and partially reject an Arbitrator’s decision, Florida Justice Association Journal, September/October 2020
  • Proposals for Settlement: You want an “apples-to-apples” comparison between your offer and end result, not an “apples-to-oranges” comparison, Florida Justice Journal, July/August 2020
  • PFS’s: What You Need To Know Now, Florida Justice Association Webinar, July 2020, Co-Presenter.
  • A Proposal for Success in the PFS World, The First Annual Appellate Practice for Trial Lawyers Seminar, Florida Justice Association, June 2020
  • Florida’s Standard Jury Instructions aren’t always the standard, Florida Justice Association Journal, May/June 2020
  • “Avoiding Malpractice Pitfalls,” Palm Beach County Justice Association & Broward County Bar Association, presenter on Proposals for Settlements, December, 2019
  • Patient Fall Cases: Do you have a claim for Ordinary Negligence or Medical Malpractice?, Florida Justice Association Journal, September/October 2019
  • Case Law Update: Daubert & Proposals for Settlement, Palm Beach County Justice Association, August 14, 2019
  • Key Decisions of the Second Quarter of 2019, Palm Beach County Justice Association Newsletter
  • The Unwritten Rules of Appellate Practice, The Hidden Essentials of Appellate Law in the Fourth District, February 1, 2019
  • Do’s and Don’ts of Motion Practice and Witness Preparation, An A to Z Trial Lawyer’s Guide to Preserving and Surviving Appellate Scrutiny at Every Phase of Trial, Palm Beach County Bar Association, May 30, 2018
  • Proposals for Settlement and the Ever-Increasing Evolution of Law, Florida Justice Association, 2018 Workhorse Seminar, March 21, 2018
  • Proposals for Settlement Webinar, Multiple Proposals, March 2, 2018, co-presenter
  • Case Review for 2017, Palm Beach County Justice Association, December 8, 2017
  • Proposals for Settlement, Palm Beach County Justice Association, August 9, 2017
  • Proposals for Settlement, Palm Beach County Bar Association, The Young Lawyer’s Section, June 28, 2017, co-presenter
  • Tips on Drafting Proposals for Settlement, Florida Justice Association Young Lawyers Seminar, 2017 Annual Convention
  • Daubert’s Demise? Return of Frye? Where do we all go from here, Palm Beach County Justice Association, April 7, 2017, co-presenter
    2016 Case Law Update, Florida Justice Association, Annual Review Webinar
  • Voir Dire – Preserving the Record, Florida Justice Association, 2016 Annual Convention
  • Proposal for Settlement Luncheon, Palm Beach County Bar Association, November 2015, co-presenter
  • Medical Malpractice Law and Case Law Update, Florida Justice Association Annual Convention, June 12, 2015
  • The Unriddling of the Civil Harmless-Error Standard in the Real World, Florida Justice Association Journal, May/June 2015
  • Trying to Make Sense of Proposals for Settlement, Palm Beach County Justice Association Seminar Luncheon, May 12, 2015
  • The Impact of the New Harmless Error Test for Civil Cases, Florida Justice Association Case Law Insider, May 8, 2015
  • Using the Evidentiary Principle of “Opening the Door,” Florida Justice Association Journal, December 2014
  • Treating Physician Discovery, Palm Beach County Justice Association, SCOPE VIII Seminar, December 12, 2014
  • Tips to Challenge Financial Discovery Requests concerning Treating Physicians, Florida Justice Association Case Law Insider, November 14, 2014
  • An Appellate Perspective on Preserving Voir Dire Issues for Appeal, Florida Justice Association Annual Convention, June 11, 2014
  • Jury Rehabilitation, Florida Justice Association Journal, June 2014
  • Social Media Discovery Requests, Briefings, A Publication of the Palm Beach County Justice Association, First Quarter 2014
  • Motions in Limine (and Memorandum of Law) to help confront defense arguments that question the plaintiff’s treating physicians, the attempted use of Medicare reimbursement rates (and other types of statutorily or contractually-determined rates), and the billing code “experts,” Palm Beach County Justice Association Scope VII Seminar, December 6, 2013
    Four Recent Decisions in the Uncertain Area of Proposal for Settlement Law, Florida Justice Association Case Law Insider, September 14, 2012
    Motions in Limine to Help Confront Common Defense Arguments that Question the Plaintiff’s Treating Physicians and the Integrity of the Plaintiff and His/Her Attorney, Palm Beach County Justice Association Scope V Seminar, December 2, 2011
  • An Attempt to Understand Florida Law Regarding Proposals for Settlement, Florida Justice Association Case Law Insider, July 8, 2011
  • The Distinction between Treating Physicians and Expert Physicians for Purposes of Discovery, Palm Beach County Justice Association Scope IV Seminar, December 3, 2010
  • Confronting the Alcohol or Drug Defense Statute, Florida Justice Association Case Law Insider, May 10, 2010
  • An Attempt to Understand Florida Law Regarding Proposals for Settlement, Florida Justice Association Case Law Insider, January 15, 2010
  • FDUPTA’s Measure of Actual Damages Ain’t Pretty, Florida Justice Association Case Law Insider, July 10, 2009
  • What Remedies are Available when a Hospital Fails to Fulfill its Obligation to Provide Emergency Services and Care?, Florida Justice Association Case Law Insider, May 8, 2009
  • How to be Reasonably Certain of a Successful Claim for Lost Future Earning Capacity, Florida Justice Association Journal, July 2009
  • Fraud on the Court, Florida Justice Association Journal, November/December 2008
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With over 15 years of experience, Andrew Harris will help you navigate your appeal, need for trail support or proposal for settlement. Andrew has obtained many substantial appeals and results since 2005.

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