Jason R. Harris represents and advises clients in a variety of general litigation, transportation, admiralty, maritime and corporate matters. In his litigation practice, Jason frequently represents clients and insurers in maritime and transportation cases, including the defense and prosecution of serious bodily injuries, fatalities, casualties and construction disputes. He also represents select clients facing state or federal criminal charges. In addition, Jason has extensive experience providing counsel to clients on corporate and risk management issues. He takes pride in offering clients efficient and effective results and business-minded solutions.
Before joining Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, Jason practiced law as a partner in a law firm in Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina and co-founded Welch and Harris in Jacksonville, Onslow County, North Carolina.
Jason took a hiatus from the private practice of law to serve as General Counsel, Director of Legal and Corporate Secretary for an international marine salvage, wreck removal, decommissioning, and underwater services company headquartered in Houston, Texas, with its operational headquarters in Holland. While in-house, Jason assisted in the implementation of a merger, advised the board of directors and management on legal affairs, oversaw an international legal and risk management team, performed extensive business contract reviews, and designed a robust regulatory compliance program.
Business dealings have taken Jason across the United States and around the world to international commercial destinations such as Indonesia, Singapore, Brazil, Denmark, England, the Netherlands and Costa Rica. However, he particularly enjoys servicing clients in cities, towns and the unincorporated areas of North Carolina, such as Sneads Ferry in Onslow County where he lived and practiced law for many years.
Jason is proud to have had the opportunity to serve in the Alabama and North Carolina Army National Guard as a military policeman and a Judge Advocate General Legal Assistant. Before being Honorably Discharged in 2000, his duties sent him to Panama, Germany and host of domestic locations.