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Harris brings substantial litigation practice to Spencer Fane

February 13, 2020

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce veteran litigator David Harris has joined the firm’s St. Louis office as a partner.

Harris’ litigation practice is concentrated in the energy, securities and health care industries. Harris has a vast track record of success representing large integrated energy companies, broker-dealers in securities matters, health care providers and other entities in complex litigation. He brings a valuable combination of trial experience and efficient, practical counsel to his nationwide client base, having defended more than 50 class action lawsuits, including trying class actions to verdict.

“We are excited to add an attorney with a deserved reputation as a leading litigator in St. Louis,” said Amy Mistler, office managing partner for Spencer Fane in St. Louis. “This is a wonderful opportunity to grow our litigation bench as we continue to focus on providing efficient and high-level service on our clients’ most important matters. David will be a tremendous asset not only locally but also throughout the firm’s growing footprint.”

During his career, Harris has handled a significant amount of litigation on behalf of major energy companies, defending them against claims including motor fuel advertising rule violations, price discrimination, fraud, franchise violations and breach of contract. In his securities work, he has represented broker-dealers in large complex class actions in venues throughout the country, as well as in front of regulatory agencies. Cases have included defense of revenue-sharing practices, alleged wage and hour violations and municipal bond failures, among others.

Harris regularly represents institutional health care providers in payment disputes with governmental and private payors, including managed care plans, and state and federal regulating authorities concerning licensure, certificate of need and conditions of participation.

Harris is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Tenth U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals and numerous U.S. District Courts. He completed his undergraduate studies at Illinois State University before obtaining an M.A. at Bradley University and earning his Juris Doctor from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.