About John :
John Harris is an AV rated attorney whose practice emphasizes mediation and arbitration of matters throughout Northern California. He conducts approximately 200 mediations and arbitrations every year. While Mediation and Arbitration is Mr. Harris’s primary focus, he also provides legal assistance to businesses and families.
Mr. Harris received Mediator Training and Certification through the American Arbitration Association in the early 1990’s. He has served in disputes involving a variety of matters including personal injury and other torts, employment, professional negligence, corporations and partnerships, commercial and residential construction, real estate, eminent domain, trusts and estates, agribusiness and other general civil litigation matters. He has also served as a Judge ProTem, Special Master, Receiver and Referee.
He has conducted ADR involving Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and individuals in San Joaquin, Sacramento, Stanislaus, Merced, Fresno, Madera, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Marin, Sonoma, Calaveras, Placer, El Dorado, Tuolumne, Amador, Yolo, Alameda, and San Diego Counties.
Mr. Harris received his B.A. with a major in English from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1972 and his J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge in 1975. He has been licensed by the State Bar of California and the Eastern District of California Federal Court since December,1975. During law school he was awarded the Lyndon Baines Johnson Fellowship in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Harris was appointed by the State Bar Board of Trustees to serve as an Arbitrator for the State Bar Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program and was also invited to serve on the mediation panel for the California High Speed Rail Project. He has been a Professor of Professional Responsibility and lectured and participated in panels on Alternative Dispute Resolution on multiple occasions
He is a past president of both the San Joaquin County Bar Association and the Consuelo M. Callahan Inns of Court and serves in the Mentor programs for both organizations. He also is a committee member and panelist for the San Joaquin County Superior Court Mediation Committee as well as past Chairman of the San Joaquin County Bar Foundation Dispute Resolution Services Mediation and Small Claims Committee.
In 2016, Mr. Harris was honored with the San Joaquin County Bar Association Law Day Award which is presented annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the legal community.