Jason R. Harris represents and advises clients in a variety of general litigation, transportation, admiralty law, maritime law and corporate matters.  As a maritime attorney, 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 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.

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Alaina Burgess Joins Cranfill Sumner LLP

Cranfill Sumner LLP today announced that Alaina Burgess has joined the firm as a paralegal based in the firm’s Wilmington office. She will support attorney Jason R. Harris in the firm’s Admiralty and Maritime Law Practice Group.… Read More


Jason Harris Presents at Admiralty Law Webinar

On April 21, Jason R. Harris co-presented a roundtable webinar entitled “The Devil is Always in the Details – The Limitation Act and Its Nuances.”  The co-presenter and moderator were South Florida maritime lawyers and the session was hosted by the Admiralty Law Section of the Federal Bar Association.… Read More


CSH Law Attorneys Discuss Marine Salvage Claims in Webinar

Jason R. Harris and Ashley Coghill recently presented a webinar entitled “Defending Marine Salvage Claims in a Marine Casualty Environment.” The webinar, which was hosted by Cranfill Sumner LLP (CSH Law) for continuing education offered to a marine insurer, addressed salvage law, claims adjusting and maritime dispute resolution to an audience from a marine insurer. … Read More


Cranfill Sumner Adds Staff to Wilmington Office

Cranfill Sumner LLP (Cranfill Sumner) today announced additions to its staff in Wilmington. Sarah Johann has been promoted to the position of Legal Assistant/Paralegal. Hannah Morris has joined Cranfill Sumner as a Legal Assistant/Paralegal. Evelyn Tordoff has joined the firm as a Paralegal.… Read More


Jason R. Harris Presents at CLE for the Maritime Law Association of the United States

Jason R. Harris, Chair of the Admiralty and Maritime Law Practice Group at Cranfill Sumner LLP, was a featured speaker at the Maritime Law Association (MLA) CLE in New York City on May 3.  He offered comments on the Maritime Law Association Code of Professional Conduct including civility and stability for lawyers despite the occasional heavy seas associated with an admiralty and maritime law practice.… Read More


Jason R. Harris Discusses “The Aftermath of Disaster”

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On Oct. 30, Jason R. Harris spoke as part of a panel discussion on “The Aftermath of Disaster.” The three-person panel addressed legal and insurance issues following marine casualties and natural disasters and the importance of using an experienced admiralty and maritime attorney.… Read More


Jason R. Harris Joins Cranfill Sumner

Cranfill Sumner LLP (Cranfill Sumner) today announced that Jason R. Harris has joined the firm as a partner based in its Wilmington office. Jason will serve as Chair of the firm’s new Admiralty and Maritime Practice Group.… Read More