About Lawyer John P. Harris III

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John P Harris III

John P Harris III
1619 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-371-4941

Education:

  • Attended: Virginia Military Institute
  • Graduate: U.S. Naval Academy - 1965
  • Graduate: Cumberland School of Law, Samford University - 1977

Military Service:

  • U.S. Navy pilot 1965 - 1974

Courts:

  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court (Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals (Fourth Circuit)
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Certification:

Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, December 1985

Listed in:

The Best Lawyers in America, 1999-2008

Virginia Super Lawyers 2006-2008

Best Lawyers: Personal Injury 2004 as published in Legal Times

Author:

  • “An Objective Finding on a Negative X-ray” The Journal (January 1990)
  • “What is the Death of a Child Really Worth?” The Journal (April 1990)
  • “How to Cross-examine the Hired Gun” The Journal (Winter 1991 -1992)
  • “How to Overcome Your Computer Phobia” The Journal (Winter 1991 -1992)
  • “Favorite Computer Programs” The Journal (Winter 1991 -1992)
  • “Treatises” The Journal (Winter 1991 -1992)
  • “The Not-so Independent Medical Examiner” The Journal (Spring 1992)
  • VIRGINIA PERSONAL INJURY FORMS, 1994 (Annual supplement 1995 -present) Lexis Law Publishing
  • Outline - “Using Punitive Damages Against Drunk Drivers to Enhance Full Recovery” for the seminar Everything You Need to Know to Settle Auto Accident Cases - Return of a Classic - New and Updated for 1996-1997 (Nov. 1996)
  • THE SMART CONSUMER'S GUIDE TO YOUR PERSONAL INJURY CASE, 2008

Lecturer:

  • Seminar - The 1989 Blue Ribbon Seminar - speaker (Nov. 7 & 9, 1989) “Enhancing Damages through Liability
  • Annual Convention - Foundations of Justice: Tools for Building a Successful Case, (Apr. 17, 1993) “How to Prove Entitlement to Punitive Damages in a Drunk Driving Case”
  • Seminar - Everything You Need to Settle Auto Accident Cases; (May 17 & 23, 1994) “How to Obtain Punitive Damages Against Drunk Drivers"
  • Seminar -Try it. You’ll Like it: Winning the Automobile Personal Injury Case; (May 7 & 9, 1996) “Demonstrative Evidence - How Not to Spend a Fortune”
  • Seminar Chairman - Winning the Soft-tissue Case in Today’s Hostile Environment (May 5, 8, 19, 21, 1998)
  • Seminar - Winning the Soft-tissue Case in Today’s Hostile Environment “Overcoming Juror Bias: How to Make Voir Dire Work for You” (May 19, 1998)
  • Seminar Chairman - New Direction to Full and Fair Verdicts in Auto Collision Cases (November 4, 9, 16, 18, 2000)
  • Seminar - Basic Medicine: Essentials for the Trial Lawyer “Cross-Examination of the DME” (November 9, 11, 16, 18, 2004)

Member:

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Fredericksburg Area Bar Association (President 2002)  
  • American Association for Justice (Sustaining member)
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board of Governors (1990-1996)
  • Membership Growth Committee (1990-1991, 1993-1996)
  • Annual Convention Committee (1991, 1993-1995)
  • Insurance Law Sub-committee (1993-1995) (Chairman 1995)
  • Continuing Legal Education Committee (1995-2008)
  • Community & Civic Services Committee (1996)
  • Public Relations Committee (1993, 1994) (Chairman 1994)
  • Publishing Committee (1989-1993) (Chairman 1991)
  • Long-range Planning Committee (1992-1993)
  • Mentor Program (1992)
  • Fund Raising Committee (1992, 1993)
  • Annual Convention Sponsor (1992-2001)
  • Amicus Curiae Committee (2001) (Chairman 2001)

Practice Areas:

  • Negligence
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Lawyer Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Wrongful Death