Jeffrey S. Harris

Employment Compliance, Employment Litigation and Labor Relations

Jeffrey S. Harris, a Director at the firm, represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. His main areas of practice are employment litigation and counseling employers. Mr. Harris regularly defends employers in discrimination and retaliation litigation and protects their interests in unfair competition cases. He counsels clients in all areas of law affecting human resource management, including employee discipline and discharge, equal employment opportunity, disability accommodation and wage and hour.

Recognitions/Distinctions

Mr. Harris has been recognized multiple years in the Best Lawyers in America.

Representative Cases

Some of the published opinions representing areas of Mr. Harris’s practice are: Nunes-Baptista v. WFM Haw., LLC, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 20925 (9th Cir. 2014); Rutledge v. Berish, 2001 U.S. App. LEXIS 4330 (9th Cir. 2001); McWherter v. CBI Servs., 1997 U.S. App. LEXIS 468 (9th Cir. 1996); McWherter v. CBI Servs., 1997 U.S. App. LEXIS 424 (9th Cir. 1996); Fritz of Haw. v. Pac. Elec. Contractors Ass’n, 1995 U.S. App. LEXIS 17144 (9th Cir. 1995); Maui Trucking v. Operating Eng’rs Local Union No. 3, 37 F.3d 436 (9th Cir. 1993); Int’l Bhd. of Elec. Workers, Local 1186 v. Pac. Elec. Contractors Ass’n., 827 F.2d 1400 (9th Cir. 1987); Fujikawa v. Gushiken, 823 F.2d 1341 (9th Cir. 1987); Pelayo v. Platinum Limousine Servs., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 133666 (D. Haw. Sept. 30, 2015); McCarthy v. Hawaiian Parasail, Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 167740 (D. Haw. 2014); Perez v. Ohana Hostel Corp. , 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 180866 (D. Haw. 2013); O’Neal v. Century Ins. Co., 2013 U.S. Dis. LEXIS 114716 (D. Haw. 2013); Deaguiar v. Mrs. Gooch’s Natural Food Mkt., Dba Whole Foods Mkt., Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20217 (D. Haw. 2013); Mizraim v. NCL Am., Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14806 (D. Haw. 2013); Rhoades v. Installation Servs., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13276 (D. Haw.2013); Hollister v. Mrs. Gooch’s Natural Food Mkts., Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9083 (D. Haw. 2013); Mizraim v. NCL Am., Inc., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 177701 (D. Haw. 2012); Deaguiar v. Whole Foods Mkt., Inc., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 149209 (D. Haw. 2012); McMillan v. BSA-Aloha Council, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 83346 (D. Haw. 2012); Deaguiar v. Whole Foods Mkt., Inc., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 149191 (D. Haw. 2012); DeLeon v. KBR, Inc., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64738 (D. Haw. 2012); Nunes-Baptista v. WFM Haw., LLC, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 59838 (D. Haw. 2012); Robello v. FedEx Express, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 125940 (D. Haw. 2011); Abbey v. Haw. Employers Mut. Ins. Co., 760 F. Supp. 2d 1005 (D. Haw. 2011); Rezentes v. Sears, Roebuck & Co., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 113377 (D. Haw. 2010); Abbey v. Haw. Employers Mut. Ins. Co., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 120881 (D. Haw. 2010); Rezentes v. Sears, Roebuck & Co., 729 F. Supp. 2d 1197 (D. Haw. 2010); Kapu v. Sears, Roebuck & Co., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76128 (D. Haw. 2010); Lovell v. United Airlines, Inc., 728 F. Supp. 2d 1096 (D. Haw. 2010); Kittleson v. Sears, Roebuck & Co., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 59375 (D. Haw. 2010); Adams v. Ogden Newspapers, Inc., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2053 (D. Haw. 2010); McCabe Hamilton & Renny, Co. v. Matson Terminals, Inc., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 47428 (D. Haw. 2008); Kaanapali Golf Mgmt., Inc. v. Int’l Longshore & Warehouse Union, Local 142, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 34245 (D. Haw. 2007); Hale v. Haw. Publns., Inc., 468 F. Supp. 2d 1210 (D. Haw. 2006); Kaanapali Golf Mgmt., Inc. v. Int’l Longshore & Warehouse Union, Local 142, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 35208 (D. Haw. 2006); UARCO Inc. v. Lam, 18 F. Supp. 2d 1116; (D. Haw. 1998); Morisada Corp. v. Beidas, 939 F. Supp. 732 (D. Haw. 1996); Marlow v. AMR Servs. Corp., 870 F. Supp. 295, (D. Haw. 1994); McWherter v. CBI Servs., 153 F.R.D. 161; (D. Haw. 1994); U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1341; 28; O’Conner v. Hilton Hawaiian Village, 763 F. Supp. 1544 (D. Haw. 1990); Akau v. Tel-A-Com Hawaii, Inc., 1990 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4647 (D. Haw. 1990); Shelton v. Hawaii Carpenters’ Pension, Health & Welfare, Apprenticeship, Vacation & Holiday & Annuity Trust Funds, 1988 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8932 (D. Haw. 1988); Shelton v. Hawaii Carpenters’ Pension, Health & Welfare, Apprenticeship, Vacation & Holiday & Annuity Trust Funds, 674 F. Supp. 791 (D. Haw. 1987); Pac. Elec. Contractors Ass’n v. A.A. Electric, 583 F. Supp. 472 (D. Haw. 1984); Souza v. Int’l Bhd. of Elec. Workers, Local 1186 v. Pac. Elec. Contractors Ass’n., 1981 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15827 (D. Haw. 1981); Hiura v. Int’l Bhd. of Elec. Workers, Local 1186 v. Pac. Elec. Contractors Ass’n., 1981 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11001 (D. Haw. 1981); Farmer v. Hickam Fed. Credit Union, 2010 Haw. LEXIS 131 (D. Haw. 2010); Haw. Ventures, LLC v. Otaka, Inc., 116 Haw. 465; 173 P.3d 1122 (2007); Haw. Ventures, LLC v. Otaka, Inc., 114 Haw. 438; 164 P.3d 696 (2007); Wright v. Home Depot U.S.A., 111 Haw. 401; 142 P.3d 2650 (D. Haw. 2006); Casino v. Dep’t of Health, 2003 Haw. LEXIS 678 (D. Haw. 2003); Carl Corp. v. Dep’t of Educ., 93 Haw. 155; 997 P.2d 567 (D. Haw. 2000); Carl Corp. v. Dep’t of Educ., 85 Haw. 431; 946 P.2d 1 (D. Haw. 1997);  Farmer v. Hickam Fed. Credit Union, 2010 Haw. App. LEXIS 39 (Ct. App. 2010).

Community Involvement

Mr. Harris serves on the Boards of Directors of the American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter; the Boy Scouts of America, Aloha Chapter; the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii; and the YMCA of Honolulu. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu, and belongs to the Outrigger Canoe Club and the Pacific Club.

Education

  • J.D., 1980, University of Michigan Law School
  • B.A., 1977, University of California, Berkeley
    • Major: Rhetoric

Admitted to Practice

  • Hawaii State Bar, 1980
  • United States District Court, District of Hawaii, 1980
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1981

Areas of Practice