Marsha E. Harris

Partner

  • location icon New York, NY
    77 Water Street
    Suite 2100
    New York, NY 10005

Marsha Harris is a partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability, Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation, and Hospitality Practices. She has experience litigating catastrophic and high profile cases in both state and federal courts. She has handled matters through trial, including analyzing defense strategies, drafting and arguing pre-trial, dispositive and trial motions, preparing expert and fact witnesses for trial and deposing expert and fact witnesses. Ms. Harris is admitted to practice law in New York and Massachusetts. Ms. Harris’s areas of practice with the firm include toxic tort including lead paint and mold, labor law and premises liability. Ms. Harris has also defended hotels in premises liability actions, including claims for negligent security.

In the area of lead paint law, Ms. Harris has an expertise in New York Local Law 1 as well as litigation brought outside of New York City under Chapman v. Silber, which is an expansion of general negligence principles as applied specifically to lead based paint litigation. She has successfully defended matters against what are generally considered the top law firms, both downstate and in upstate New York. Ms. Harris has handled cases from inception to resolution including arguing appeals in the Second Circuit as well as the appellate divisions in the State Courts of New York. She has extensive experience in defending against the intricacies claimed in such cases including brain damage and its sequelae from a neurologic and neuropathologic perspective. Her proficiency in early assessment of liability and damages has resulted in reaching nominal settlements in early stages of litigation. Ms. Harris was a contributor to The Lawyer’s Guide to Lead Paint, Asbestos and Chinese Drywall.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Harris was an analyst in the Toxic Tort Department of a major insurance company. Ms. Harris previously practiced insurance defense law as an associate with the law of Connarton, Wood and Callahan of Boston, MA.

Published Opinions

Steffenhagen v. Morrill, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 167317, (USDC WDNY 2013) affirmed by 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 18171 (2d Cir. N.Y. Sept. 23, 2014)

Admissions

New York

United States District Court for the Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of New York

Massachusetts

United States District Court of Massachusetts

United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Education

Case Western Reserve University School of Law,

Juris Doctor, 2000

Michigan State University

Bachelor of Arts, 1997

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