2019 Black Public Defender Association (BPDA) Conference.
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Richard Harris

Littler OnDemand
Co-Chair, Litigation and Trials Practice Group
Philadelphia PA
Richard Harris represents management in a wide variety of employment litigation matters, including high stakes/high profile litigation, wrongful termination and promotion cases, discrimination claims, racial and sexual harassment claims, trade secret litigation/unfair business practices, Federal Credit Reporting Act litigation and class actions, whistleblower, and retaliation. Richard counsels employers with regard to crisis management and litigation avoidance and assists employers in developing policies and programs in accordance with state and federal employment laws. His practice also includes conducting internal corporate investigations and workplace harassment training. He is a member of the firm’s board of directors and co-chairs its Jury Trial Practice Group. Richard’s trial practice experience is diverse and extensive and includes counseling and representing Fortune 500 companies in multi-state litigation in Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAA), race discrimination, wage and hour, harassment, retaliation, and whistleblower litigation. He has tried more than 50 jury trials in state and federal court and is recognized as a leading authority on trial advocacy and is a frequent contributor to local and national media outlets. He has taught continuing legal education courses in trial advocacy and crisis management. Richard's professional and civic activities are as diverse as his law practice. He is on the board of trustees for the Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School, Enon Coulter Community Development Corporation, and the Arden Theatre. He previously served on the Philadelphia Bar Association’s board of governors and the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau. Richard was an NCAA scholar-athlete in football during his undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland.