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Wilmer J. Harris - S Pasadena, CA

715 Fremont AvenueSuite A S Pasadena, CA 91030

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Updated: 03/29/2023

S Pasadena Civil Rights Lawyer

Overview

Wilmer J. Harris graduated from Stanford University in 1986 with an A.B. degree in Economics, with Distinction, and Honors in Humanities. He was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa in 1985.

Mr. Harris graduated from UCLA School of Law in 1990, earning Order of the Coif honors and American Jurisprudence Awards in Evidence, Moot Court and Remedies.

Mr. Harris worked as Law Clerk to the Honorable David W. Williams for one year after his law school graduation...

Wilmer J. Harris graduated from Stanford University in 1986 with an A.B. degree in Economics, with Distinction, and Honors in Humanities. He was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa in 1985.

Mr. Harris graduated from UCLA School of Law in 1990, earning Order of the Coif honors and American Jurisprudence Awards in Evidence, Moot Court and Remedies.

Mr. Harris worked as Law Clerk to the Honorable David W. Williams for one year after his law school graduation. He entered private practice, thereafter practicing business litigation for two years with the law firms Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler and Blanc, Williams, Johnston & Kronstadt.

In January 1994, Mr. Harris joined the Law Offices of Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. His practice area changed dramatically as he began representing clients in civil rights cases, including Reginald Denny. In August 1995, Mr. Harris joined the firm (currently named Schonbrun Seplow Harris Hoffman & Zeldes) where he has concentrated primarily on the representation of employees in disputes with employers and individuals in civil rights cases.

In November 1999, Mr. Harris opened a satellite office in the Pasadena area where he remains the resident partner. Mr. Harris speaks regularly on employment law issues for the State Bar of California, Los Angeles County Bar Association and California Employment Lawyers Association.

Mr. Harris has garnered several settlements and judgments in excess of $1 million in individual civil rights and qui tam cases. Mr. Harris has also recovered many multimillion dollar settlements in wage and hour class actions. Mr. Harris served as co-lead counsel on a $42 million settlement on behalf of a class of residential real estate appraisers.

Mr. Harris has served on the Board of Directors of the California Employment Lawyers Association and Disability Rights Legal Center. In 2005, he was selected to sit on the California State Bar Labor & Employment Executive Committee and served through 2013. He served as the Chair of the State Bar Labor & Employment Section for the 2010-2011 term. Mr. Harris has been selected as a "Southern California Super Lawyer" by Los Angeles Magazine for several years.

In May 2017, Mr. Harris secured a jury verdict of over $5 million for which he was nominated for Consumer Attorneys Association Los Angeles' Trial Lawyer of the Year Award in 2017. He practices extensively on behalf of whistleblowers, both in individual retaliation cases as well as complex cases under the False Claims Act, serving as relator's counsel in a number of qui tam actions. Mr. Harris and co-counsel have received seven figure recoveries in such cases aimed at rooting out fraud against the government.

About Wilmer J. Harris

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • Civil Rights

Qualifications

Other Affiliations

  • California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), 2007 - 2014 (Member of the Board of Directors)
  • Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC) (Member of the Board of Directors)
  • California State Bar Labor & Employment Section
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA)
  • John M. Langston Bar Association
  • California State Bar Labor & Employment Executive Committee, 2010 - 2011 (Chair)
  • California State Bar Labor & Employment Executive Committee, 2005 - 2013

Classes and Seminars

  • 30th Annual Labor and Employment Law Symposium: Getting Choosy: How to Find (and be) the Right Neutral for the Job, Los Angeles County Bar Association, March 31, 2010
  • Panel Presentation, Loyola Law School, April 14, 2010
  • Wage & Hour Annual Update, California State Bar Annual Meeting, September 24, 2010
  • Ensuring Equal Access to Legal Services for Clients with Disabilities, (CELA) - 2010 Annual CELA Conference, October 1, 2010
  • The Golden Age of Golden Parachutes, Langston Law Institute, December 3, 2010
  • The Perils of PAGA: Representation under the Private Attorney General Act, California State Bar Labor and Employment Section, March 13, 2009
  • California False Claims Act and Whistleblower Cases, NELA, June 26, 2009
  • Eliminating Barriers for Lawyers with Disabilities, California State Bar Labor and Employment Section, February 8, 2008
  • 28th Annual Labor and Employment Law Symposium: Year in Review, Los Angeles County Bar Association, March 6, 2008
  • Workplace Privacy: Real or Imagined, California State Bar Labor and Employment Section, November 1, 2008
  • Panel Presentation, Loyola Law School, November 20, 2008

Past Positions

  • The Hon. David W. Williams, Law Clerk
  • Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler
  • Blanc, Williams, Johnston & Kronstadt
  • Law Offices of Johnnie L. Cochran

Education

  • University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law, Los Angeles, California, 1990
    Honors: Order of the Coif
    Honors: American Jurisprudence Awards in Evidence
    Honors: Moot Court and Remedies
  • Stanford University, 1986
    A.B.
    Honors: With Distinction
    Honors: Honors in Humanities
    Major: Economics

Office Information

Address

715 Fremont AvenueSuite A S Pasadena, CA 91030

Fax

  • (310) 399-7040

Achievements

Other Sources of Feedback About Wilmer J. Harris

Included on the 2024 Southern California list


Past Lists

  • 2023 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2005 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2004 Southern California Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Wilmer J. Harris on Super Lawyers

Honors

  • "Southern California Super Lawyer", Los Angeles Magazine for Several Years
  • Phi Betta Kappa
  • SuperLawyer, 10+ Consecutive Years, Labor and Employment Law
  • Nominee, Trial Lawyer of the Year, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles in 2017

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