Originally published on July 21, 2010 in The Indiana Lawyer
For serving as a role model of civility in litigation for countless attorneys in the Indianapolis area. Bob Stanley, a partner at Baker & Daniels, first came up against “Eddie” Harris in the mid ‘80s. As a young aggressive attorney, Stanley was struck that “here was someone who was able to advocate for his client without being threatening or belligerent.” He decided then to model his lawyering on Harris’s. At Taft Law, where Harris chairs the firm’s litigation section, he has instructed young attorneys that there are two ways to litigate. “You can litigate to litigate, or you can litigate to resolve.” Harris has invariably elected the latter.
A 1967 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Harris served as a teaching fellow at Stanford Law School for one year before joining Barnes, Hickam, Pantzer & Boyd, one of the predecessors of Barnes & Thornburg. Harris joined Sommer & Barnard in 1973, which became part of Taft Law in 2008. He has chaired the Indianapolis office’s litigation group for more than twenty years.
IBA PROFESSIONALISM STANDARD No. 4
We will at all times act with dignity, civility, decency and courtesy in all professional activities and will refrain from rude, disruptive, disrespectful, obstructive and abusive behavior.
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