Practice Areas: Criminal and Civil Litigation
Patrick Harris began his legal career in his home state of Ohio at the Athens County and Fairfield County Child Support Enforcement Agencies, and later worked as an assistant prosecutor in the Fairfield County and Lancaster City Prosecutor’s Offices. He was then selected to be the first County Administrator for the Fairfield County Board of County Commissioners.
Patrick thereafter served as a judge in Ohio for twelve years in the Fairfield County Municipal Court. During his tenure on the bench, Patrick presided over both criminal and civil cases. He also created the first adult Mental Health Court in the county and presided over that court for ten years. After retiring as a judge and moving to Florida, he worked for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office, representing felony criminal defendants in Orange County, Florida.
Patrick has extensive experience in teaching others about the law. He was on the faculty of the National Judicial College, where he taught advanced evidence to judges from across the United States. He has also taught courses in electronic evidence to the Florida Judges Association, and 5th and 6th amendment law to Florida attorneys seeking their Criminal Trial Certification. In addition to working at our Firm on an “of counsel” basis, he is currently teaching as an adjunct professor at the Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law in Orlando, where he teaches trial advocacy.
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