“Successful lawyers understand that strategy is everything. In each of my cases, I formulate an individual strategy that accounts for a wide range of factors presented and is specific to that case alone. Focus on that strategy separates me from other lawyers and explains why I get exceptional results.”
Ms. Harris joined Cummins & White, LLP in 1987 and became a partner in 1994. Ms. Harris represents insurance companies and their insureds in all aspects of insurance coverage, from policy drafting to coverage analysis to claim appraisals, “bad faith” litigation and appeals. As leader of the firm’s appellate group, Ms. Harris has handled nearly 100 appeals in state appellate and supreme courts, as well as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal.
Ms. Harris has represented appellants, respondents, real parties in interest and Amicus Curiae in a number of appeals that have established new law on a wide range of subjects from insurance to securities to business and real estate matters.
Ms. Harris has coached the Orange High School team in national mock trial competitions sponsored by the Constitutional Rights Foundation. She has served on the Youth Board of Salem Lutheran Church helping to establish policies and plan activities for the youth groups. She was on the Parent Council Executive Board for Servite High School for several years. Ms. Harris has also raised significant funds for various charitable organizations, including the Avon Foundation for Breast Cancer, the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation and through the creation and coordination of the biennial Half Dome Climb supporting the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
While at McGeorge School of Law, Ms. Harris served as staff comment writer (1985–1986) and note editor (1986–1987) for the Pacific Law Journal, as well as staff writer for the International and Comparative Law Journal (1986–1987). She was on the Dean’s Honor Roll (1984–1985), and was the recipient of the Verne Adrian and Annabel McGeorge Academic Scholarship (1985). She also was honored for her work with the indigent for Community Legal Services. Ms. Harris is fluent in American Sign Language.