Robert L. Harris Jr.
Phone: (804) 796-1000
Fax: (804) 796-1730
As a former “downtown attorney” for twenty years, I was a shareholder at LeClairRyan, P.C., and formerly a principal at Hirschler Fleischer, where, in 1991 I first began practicing domestic relations law and business litigation. I have continued my practice on domestic relations law for the last fifteen years.
I am a double graduate of the College of William and Mary, where I majored in English as an undergraduate (1984) and where I earned my law degree (1991). Between graduation in 1984 and commencement of law school in 1988, I taught high school English for four years and coached basketball. In law school I was an editor for the William and Mary Law Review and published an article in that Law Review entitled Redefining the Harm of Peremptory Challenges, which addresses improper discriminatory tactics during jury selection.
I am a native of Williamsburg, Virginia, but have lived in Richmond for most of my life. I am married to Judy Matthews Harris, and we have two children, Tripp and Katie. Tripp attends the College of William and Mary and Katie, a high school senior, has accepted an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point.
I have been recognized as Volunteer of the Year twice by my children’s elementary school, Saint Michael’s School in Bon Air. I have served on the board of my neighborhood association, am a former volunteer at the Richmond SPCA, and served on the Board of Gateway Homes, a residential facility that assists persons with mental health issues to return to full function.
I have had a wide-ranging litigation practice, including but not limited to family law (equitable distribution, custody, and spousal and child support), business litigation (shareholder disputes, contract claims, noncompetition agreements), and personal injury (plaintiff and defendant representation). I am in my second two-year term of the Virginia State Bar’s Professionalism Course.
Regardless of the case, my goals include (1) determining the client’s objectives, (2) assisting the client in evaluating the risk of litigation, and (3) out-preparing the other side through my mastering of the facts and the law. Always sensitive to the client’s objectives, my philosophy is to “leave no stone unturned”—that is, to know the case better than my opponent and to translate that knowledge into favorable settlements and, in cases that cannot be settled, desired outcomes in Court.
- Virginia Supreme Court, 1991
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- Virginia State Bar
- Virginia Bar Association
- Richmond Bar Association