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130 North Court Ave
Memphis TN 38103
Fax: 901.524.5024

Admitted to Practice

Tennessee, 1976

Supreme Court of the United States

United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, 1977

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1986

Bar Admissions

Federal Bar Association

American Bar Association

Tennessee Bar Association

Memphis Bar Association

David Harris practices primarily in the areas of commercial litigation, banking, bankruptcy and creditor's rights. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association Commercial Dispute Panel and frequently serves as an arbitrator and mediator in complex commercial disputes. Mr. Harris represents several banks and financial institutions in a variety of matters, including advice concerning asset-based financing matters, and has served as national counsel for one of the nation's largest hotel and hospitality companies in bankruptcy and reorganization matters pending across the United States. He is also legal counsel to numerous not-for-profit, education, and charitable organizations. Mr. Harris presently serves as a member of the firm's Management Committee. 


  • University of Memphis (J.D., 1976)
  • Louisiana State University (B.S., 1973)

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Named Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" for Litigation - Bankruptcy in the Memphis area (2020)
  • Named Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law in the Memphis area (2017)
  • Named Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" for Bet-the-Company Litigation in the Memphis area (2015)
  • Named to Best Lawyers in America© list in the areas of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking & Finance, Litigation - Bankruptcy, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2007 - 2021)
  • Former City Attorney, City of Germantown (2016-2018)
  • Named to the "Top 100 Tennessee Super Lawyers" list (2010- 2012)
  • Named to the "Top 50 Memphis Super Lawyers" list (2010- 2011)
  • Named to the Mid-South Super Lawyers list in the areas of Business Litigation, Banking, and Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights (2007, 2009- 2017)
  • Leadership Memphis (Class of 1989)
  • President, University of Memphis Law Alumni Association (1996)
  • Member, American Arbitration Association Commercial Dispute Panel
  • Member, Board of Directors, Memphis Bar Association (2013- 2015, 1997- 1998, 1986- 1987, 1983- 1984); Selection Committee on Professionalism (1988); Young Lawyers Division (Director, 1981- 1985; Secretary, 1982; President, 1983- 1984)
  • Recipient, Memphis Bar Association Sam A. Myar, Jr. Award (1991)
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Director, Litigation Section; Director, Young Lawyers Conference (1984- 1987); Distinguished Service Award (1985- 1986)
  • American Bar Association, Executive Council (1985- 1987); Director (1987- 1988); Young Lawyers Division
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, Tennessee Bar Foundation and Memphis Bar Foundation

Publications and Presentations of Note

  • Co-author, Guidelines for Professional Courtesy and Conduct, Memphis Bar Association (1989)

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