Jeffrey M. Harris, P.A.

 Jeffrey M. Harris, P.A.

Mr. Harris is Board Certified in Criminal Law and is a past president of The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Firm Overview

Aggressive representation for serious charges
He is a former adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern College of Law, a former prosecutor, and frequent lecturer. Jeff Harris has been in private practice in Broward County since 1978, defending many high profile homicides, narcotic charges and white collar cases in the tri-county area. While the majority of his practice emphasizes felonies, Mr. Harris also has an extensive background in misdemeanors and criminal appeals. He has been court-qualified as an expert witness in criminal law by numerous judges and is listed in Who's Who in America Law and Who's Who International.

Experienced defense lawyer, strong recommendations

Ft. Lauderdale attorney Jeff Harris has a commanding record of achievement in criminal defense. His legal skill has been widely recognized in Florida. Mr. Harris has been:

-Chosen as an "exceptional" criminal defense attorney by the Consumer Guidebook to Law and Leading Attorneys
-Recognized as one of "Florida's Top Lawyers" by The Miami Herald
-Selected as one of the best criminal defense attorneys by Florida Super Lawyers
-Recognized as "preeminent lawyer" by the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
-Chosen by his peers as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in Florida endorsed by the National Trial Lawyers Association.

Hire a confident and competent criminal defense lawyer in Broward County

When you face serious criminal charges, get representation you can rely on. Contact Jeffrey M. Harris. P.A.
Main Office
Main Office
One East Broward Boulevard, Suite 925
Wells Fargo Towers
Fort Lauderdale  FL  33301
Phone
  • 954-522-7000
Websites
Criminal Defense
Help for people facing charges in the tri-county area
Having practiced criminal defense in Ft. Lauderdale for more than 30 years, Jeff Harris has extensive courtroom experience in Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach Counties, and other parts of the United States in federal and state courts. He practices in all areas of criminal law, including cases involving white-collar crime, Medicare fraud, murder, DUI/manslaughter, drug-related offenses, sex offenses, driving under the influence, appeals, pre-arrest representation, domestic violence, robbery, burglary, kidnapping, theft, embezzlement, disorderly conduct, trespass, vandalism, assault and battery, parole and probation violations, spouse and child abuse, juvenile crimes, arson, false arrest and police misconduct, sealing and expungement. If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime, defense attorney Jeff Harris can help.

Effective representation for accused individuals

In most criminal cases, an accused person engages an attorney only after an arrest or accusation. The attorney has only a brief period to become acquainted with the offender and prepare a defense. Under these circumstances, an attorney must work quickly to develop an effective and trusting relationship with the client. Jeff Harris works closely with each client to make important strategic decisions at every stage of the criminal process in order to prepare an effective defense. Mr. Harris provides invaluable advice on how to handle a police interrogation or investigation, what plea to enter, how to obtain a release on bail, whether to accept a plea agreement, whether to waive a jury trial, what witnesses to call, and whether to testify in your own behalf. To preserve your legal rights and allow for the best possible outcome of your case, call criminal defense lawyer Jeffrey M. Harris as soon as possible.

Jeffrey Harris

Attorney Jeffrey M. Harris
Criminal defense lawyer in Broward County

Jeff Harris has been Board Certified in Criminal Law by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education since 1987. He is a former prosecutor practicing law in federal and state courts throughout the country with major emphasis in felony trial litigation and criminal appeals. He is death certified by the Florida Supreme Court for capital homicide cases.

Since 1978, Mr. Harris has consistently received the top AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the national rating service of attorneys. His peers have presented him with the highest honor for professionalism and excellence in the field of criminal law by awarding him the prestigious Harry Gulkin Award.

Mr. Harris is a frequent lecturer. He was an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University College of Law, where he taught the Broward Prosecutors/Public Defenders Trial Training Program and the Criminal Internship Program.

Awards and honors
-AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
-Listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers by Martindale-Hubbell
-Chosen as an "Exceptional" Criminal Defense Attorney by the Consumer Guidebook to Law and Leading Attorneys
-Recognized as one of "Florida's Top Lawyers" by The Miami Herald
-Selected as one of the best criminal defense lawyers, Florida Super Lawyers
-Chosen by his peers as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in Florida endorsed by the National Trial Lawyers Association.
-American Jurisprudence Award
-Harry Gulkin Award
-Listed in Who's Who in American Law, 1993present
-Listed in International Who's Who of Professionals, 1993present

Bar associations
-The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
--Former president (2007)
--Vice-president (2006)
--Board of Directors (1992present)
-Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
--President,19931994
--Vice-President, 1992
--Board of Directors, 1989present
-Broward County Bar Association
--Board of Directors, 2011 - present
--Bench Committee, former chair
--Criminal Law Committee, chair
--Courts Committee, 1998present; chair, 1998
--Legislative Committee
-Florida Bar Association
--Executive Council, Criminal Law Section, 2005present
--Evidence Rules Committee, 20022005
--Criminal Law Board Certification Committee, 19901992
--Grievance Committee, 1988; vice-chair, 1989; chair, 1990
--Chairman, 1990
--Vice-Chairman, 1989
-National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
-American Bar Association

Teaching
-Faculty Advisor, Prosecutors/Public Defenders in trial advocacy, University of Florida College of Law, 2008, 2010 - present
-Faculty Advisor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy at Nova Southeastern University Broad Sheppard College of Law 2010 - present
-Adjunct Professor, Nova Southeastern University Broad Sheppard College of Law, 19821983, and 19861995
-Instructor, trial advocacy at University of Florida College of Law (prosecutor/public defender's program)
-Nova University College of Law, Intensive Trial Program, 1993, 1996
-Instructor, Prosecutor/Public Defender Trial Training Program, 1984, 1993

Admitted to practice
-Florida, 1975
-Illinois, 1972
-United States Supreme Court
-U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
-U.S District Court, Southern District of Florida
-U.S District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Work history
-Assistant State Attorney
-Cook County, Illinois, 19741976
-Broward County, Florida, 19761978 - Chief Assistant, Habitual Offender Unit, 1977-1978

Education
-DePaul University, J.D., 1971
-Southern Illinois University, B.A., 1967

Publications
-In Florida Defender, magazine of the FACDL:
-Position paper on the proposal for circuit cross-designation of public defenders, winter 1998, Vol. 10, No. 4
-"Bar's Position on Indigency Representation for Capital Cases," Florida Defender, Vol. 10, No. 4, Winter 1998
-"Editor's Notes," Vol. 16, Nos. 1-3, Fall, Winter 2004, Spring 2005
-"Editor's Notes." Vol. 17, No. 2, Summer 2005
-"President's Column," Vol. 18, No.3, Fall 2006, Vol. 18, No. 4
-"President's Column," Vol. 19, Nos. 1-2 Spring/Summer 2007

Languages
-Spanish
Education
  • DePaul University
    Juris Doctorate
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