- The University of Texas, JD, high honors, Vice Chancellor (second in class), Order of the Coif, Associate Editor, Texas Law Review
- Rice University, BA, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, Best Senior Thesis, graduated in 3 years
Judicial Clerk, Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal, Southern District of Texas
“Ms. Harris is the best damn lawyer in Houston . . . Erica knew more about natural gas contracts one month into the case than the suing parties [that] had been using the contracts for 10+ years.”
Patrick A. Locke, III, Cannon Interests
I try bet-the-company cases for clients in federal and state courts around the country and in international arbitrations. Whether I am representing a Fortune 50 energy company or an individual seeking justice against such a company, I bring to each case vigor, grit, and a determination to win. Key to accomplishing that goal is understanding your business, your industry and your history. I do not gloss over nuances in the law or details in the evidence. I will understand everything about your case and apply the law to your unique facts to put you in the best position for success.
“To observe Erica in a courtroom setting is an opportunity to watch genius at work. . . . if trial is the only option, Erica’s meticulously thorough preparation for trial is very comforting and calming for the business executive involved in ‘bet the company’ litigation. You always have the feeling that she has it all under control.”
Dave Spray, President, Tax Export Advisors, Inc.
You need a trial lawyer, not a discovery litigator, for trial. All litigation before trial will be focused on what matters at trial. I will distill your case into language that is easily understood and present the story of your case fluidly. Most importantly, I will reveal the truth through cross-examination of the other sides’ witnesses. The ability to cross-examine effectively is a skill not every lawyer has. Click here to read a recent examination I did at trial of an adverse party’s president.
“What a huge difference a great lawyer makes! Erica took over the defense eight weeks before trial. She analyzed our situation, clearly explained our options, and expertly laid out the likely outcomes of each of the many strategic decisions facing our board in this very fluid and time compressed case. In just five weeks, Erica put the case in a position to be tried and enabled me and my board to make the best decisions for our company.”
Cinta Putra, CEO Everbridge, Inc.
You deserve the truth. I will not tell you everything is rosy if it isn’t. Nor will I paint the world with a black brush. I will communicate clearly my best assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of your case. You will know what to expect and understand the advantages and disadvantages to every decision you make.
“In 2009 our business was blindsided with an unexpected lawsuit . . . Erica Harris and Shawn Raymond . . . engaged the suing parties head on and in good faith. In less than sixty days the lawsuit was unconditionally dismissed and never went to trial.”
Rodney Stephenson, President, Trinity Retail Construction
Your case is not the only thing happening in your business or your life. I understand that while I am passionate about trying cases, your desired end result may not be a trial. I will work with you to achieve your goal even when that goal is to end the litigation as quickly as possible. Click here to read more client feedback.
Oral Argument before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, on behalf of Poly-America, LP, June 6, 2012
Negotiation Tips for Women, clip from a speech before the National Business Women’s Luncheon, November 16, 2011