Alan W. Harris

Alan W.Harris, Mediator and Arbitrator

Houston, Texas 77001


Antitrust, Commercial, Contract, Employment, Franchise, Insurance, Partnership Disputes, Real Estate, Securities, Shareholder Disputes

Alan Harris is a Texas lawyer with more than 34 years experience in commercial and business litigation, trials and arbitrations in Texas and across the country. He represents businesses and individuals in select litigation matters.

Mr. Harris is also an experienced Alternative Dispute Resolution provider, having been appointed mediator or arbitrator in scores of cases. He serves as mediator by court appointment or selection by the parties and serves as arbitrator under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association, other dispute resolution service providers and privately. Mr. Harris has been a member of the roster of neutrals of the American Arbitration Association since 1997, and also serves as arbitrator on the Large Complex Case Panel and for the International Centre for Dispute Resolution. 

Mr. Harris opened his own office in 2007. Prior to that time, he was a partner and Texas Litigation Head in a major international law firm. Mr. Harris is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and has been for over 15 years. He also has been named in Best Lawyers in America each year from 2007 - 2016.



Over 30 years of experience in commercial and business litigation in courts and arbitral forums and in alternative dispute resolution. AAA Arbitrator since 1997, including Commercial and Large Complex Case Panels and International Centre for Dispute Resolution.  Private Arbitrator.  Extensive experience in business and contract disputes; antitrust; healthcare; ERISA; fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and business tort claims; professional services liability; telecommunications and technology issues; franchise and intellectual property disputes; finance, lending, insurance, real property, partnership, and securities matters.  Experience in bankruptcy, oil and gas, and employment law matters.  Mediator since 2006 with high success rate in resolving business and commercial disputes.


2007-Present               Attorney, Law Office of Alan W. Harris, Dallas, Texas                   

2001-2006                   Partner, DLA Piper U.S. LLP, Dallas, Texas

1982-2001                   Partner/Associate, Andrews & Kurth, L.L.P., Houston and Dallas, Texas

1980-1982                   Law Clerk, Honorable Woodrow Seals, U.S. District Court Judge,

                                    Southern District of Texas, Houston Division



University of Texas School of Law, J.D., August 1980

            Editor-in-Chief, Texas International Law Journal

Colorado College, B.A., May 1977



Texas Supreme Court

United States Supreme Court

United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits

United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas



Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell for over 15 years

Named in Best Lawyers in America, 2007-2014 (commercial litigation, antitrust litigation and ERISA      litigation)



State Bar of Texas

Dallas Bar Association

American Bar Association

American Arbitration Association, Roster of Neutrals

325 North Saint Paul Street, Suite 3100
Dallas, Texas 75201

P: 214-965-8200

E: [email protected]