Richard A. Harris
Attorney and Managing Partner
The Richard Harris Law Firm is the largest and one of the oldest, highest rated and most respected personal injury law practices for the people in Nevada. The Firm has been helping injured people since 1982. Initially associated with nationally known attorney and former Las Vegas Mayor, Oscar Goodman, Richard Harris also enjoyed successful partnerships with William Terry as Terry & Harris, and Randall Mainor as Mainor Harris. Members of Richard Harris’ firms have become Nevada District Court judges and named Nevada Trial Lawyer of the Year, including partner Ben Cloward. Partners of the firm have advanced training and certification in personal injury trial practice. Richard Harris with his partners and associates have recovered over one billion dollars for their injured clients and families.
Award winning with national recognition, the Richard Harris Law Firm has earned membership in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Best Attorneys of America, Elite Lawyers of America, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Outstanding Lawyers of America, Super Lawyers and The Verdict Club as a Platinum Member. Lawyers, clients and cases of the firm have been featured in local and national media.
The Firm and its principal counsel have successfully handled mass tort defective prescription drug and medical device litigation on a local and national level for over 25 years including cases against Vitek, Inc., Guidant Corp. and Medtronic PLC. The Firm strategically partnered in mass tort litigation involving DePuy Hip Prostheses, Proton Pump Inhibitors, Taxotere, Xarelto, Risperdol, IVC Filter, Talcum Powder, Vaginal and Hernia Mesh. Partner Nia Killebrew successfully battled pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributers, medical professionals and insurers over the largest outbreak of Hepatitis C in United States history. The firm represents hundreds of victims of the October 1, 2017, Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting, who suffered gunshot wounds, trample injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder or lost loved ones.
The Richard Harris Law Firm has decades of experience and deep roots in Nevada. Richard Harris is a 50-plus year resident of Nevada and worked in the family business in Las Vegas at the Boulevard Mall and delivered Nifty Nickel classified ad papers before graduating from Las Vegas’ Western High School in 1971. During college he worked as a porter at the Westward Ho Casino on the Las Vegas Strip and as a security guard at Howard Hughes’ Summa Corporation headquarters. A strong academic record in law school led to Richard Harris’ selection as a law clerk intern to Chief Justice John Mowbray of the Nevada Supreme Court.
Mr. Harris is committed to legal education and taught Law Practice Management for 5 years as an adjunct professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Boyd School of Law. He is Patron of the Nevada Justice Association Series on Continuing Legal Education named in his honor. Mr. Harris received a post-J.D. LL.M degree (Master of Laws) in Dispute Resolution in 2009 from Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. In 2015 the State Bar of Nevada appointed Richard Harris to the newly created Board of Personal Injury Specialization as an examiner. Richard Harris and partner Ben Cloward are Board Certified Personal Injury Specialists.
Richard Harris served on the Board of Governors of the Nevada Justice Association and as a lobbyist for injured victims’ rights in the Nevada Legislature. In 2010 the Nevada Justice Association selected Mr. Harris for the Badger Award, the association’s highest honor for public service. In 2016 the Nevada Justice Association honored Richard Harris with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.
Our law firm proudly cultivates and sustains a diverse and inclusive environment at every level of the organization. The Firm values the contributions of women and minorities whose dedication, compassion and innovation are key to our continued success and making a difference in the lives of our clients.
The Richard Harris Law Firm is committed to giving back and enriching the Nevada communities we serve. Through our charitable outreach program, Heart of Nevada, we support local organizations sharing our mission, through financial contributions, leadership and the inspiring volunteer efforts of our lawyers and staff. Spirit of Nevada, the Firm’s weekly social media video series has over 2 million views showcasing Nevada’s exceptional people, places, charities and other organizations making Nevada a better place.
Our Firm’s success could be measured by our significant verdict and settlements. But we are most proud our lawyers and staff know each of our clients’ stories and that their case, large or small, is individually handled by our compassionate team of professionals. We take great satisfaction our case results have contributed to a safer society. The Richard Harris Law Firm receives many referrals from past clients, other lawyers and judges. The firm considers a client referral the highest expression of confidence.
We look forward to putting our special abilities to work for those who need help.
- Brigham Young University, bachelor’s in communications, cum laude
- University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D. (1980)
- Best Oral Advocate, finalist
- Moot Court Honors Board
- Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, LL.M. candidate in Dispute Resolution (2009)
- California (1980)
- Nevada (1980)
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
- The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- The Verdict Club, platinum member
- Nevada Justice Association, Board of Governors
- Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
- Outstanding Lawyers of America
Badger Award, community service, Nevada Justice Association Series on Continuing Legal Education