William P. Harris III

Mr. Harris spent the first 26 years of his law practice as an insurance defense attorney handling jury trials with respect to catastrophic injury, wrongful death, product liability and professional negligence cases throughout California on behalf of insureds for Allstate Insurance Company, America International Group, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, CNA, Golden Eagle Insurance Group, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Nationwide Insurance Group, Ohio Casualty, Professional Liability Insurance Group, Safeco Insurance Company and Transamerica Insurance Group. The time spent defending personal injury and business disputes on behalf of insurance companies provides Mr. Harris a unique perspective of how the insurance carrier will value, handle and litigate a particular case. His litigation experience includes matters beyond jury trial verdict, including preparing and arguing cases before the California Court of Appeal. He has been a Superior Court Arbitrator and Superior Court Judge, Pro Tem.

Areas of Practice

  • Wildfire Litigation/Public Utility Regulation
  • Personal Injury
  • Mass Tort/Class Action
  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Professional Negligence


  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, California
    • Juris Doctor - 1985
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1981
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: History

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated-Matindale Hubbell

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1986

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • San Diego Defense Lawyers, Member, 1986 - 2013
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Member, 1986 - Present
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