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Scott H. Harris

Scott H. Harris

Director, Litigation Department
scott.harris@mclane.com
Office:
City Hall Plaza,
900 Elm Street,
Manchester, NH 03101
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Scott is a director in the Firm's Litigation Department. He has tried cases in the state and federal courts in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and elsewhere for over fifteen years. His practice involves representing companies and executives in litigation and at trial in a range of commercial disputes including: tax matters, trade secret and restrictive employment covenant litigation, contract claims, shareholder rights, land use and other business disputes. Scott also represents both plaintiffs and professionals in professional malpractice and licensure litigation and has a substantial practice representing both plaintiffs and defendants in significant personal injury matters.

Practice/Industry Groups
  • Business Litigation
  • Employment and Labor Law
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Health Care Law
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Land Use and Development Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Prosecuted claims of an internationally distributed consumer product against its marketing partners, including claims of breach of contract, fraud and unfair business practices, resulting in favorable reformation of distribution agreements.
  • Defended a chartered bank that had been defaulted on a $1 million plus claim for breach of contract and lender liability. Claim reduced after trial on damages to a small fraction of the claimed amount.
  • Successfully tried to a jury a medical professional’s defamation and invasion of privacy claims with the substantial verdict sustained on appeal. 
  • Prevailed in arbitration of subcontractor’s claims against prime contractor for breach of contract and unfair business practices.  
  • Settled a United States Court of Claims action against a large utility company in defense of government’s claim to a $ 1 million refund, defeating the government’s claim and securing full payment of client’s counterclaim. 
  • Won a substantial settlement in a lawsuit against company's former employees for their theft of trade secrets and violation of their non-competition agreements
  • Defeated a claim that client had violated her non-competition covenant with her former employer by demonstrating that the signed employment contract offered by the defendant was a forgery.
  • Succeeded after jury trial in prosecution of claims of a financial services practice against a departing principal for breach of fiduciary duty, violation of partnership agreement, and contravention of restrictive employment covenants.
  • Won a significant jury verdict in favor of the headmaster of a private school who was terminated from employment based on her claims of breach of contract and unjust dismissal.
  • Representation of a number of seriously injured individuals in their meritorious claims seeking reparation for their significant, life-altering injuries.  

Representative Reported Cases

Sherman v. Graciano, 152 N.H. 119 (2005): Physician resigned from his medical practice and claimed the firm owed him a substantial buy-out payment.  Parties disputed the existence and interpretation of a shareholder redemption agreement.  

Miller v. Amica Mutual Ins., 156 N.H. 117 (2007).  Client/decedent was thrown from his motorcycle and thereafter struck and killed by a hit-and-run motorist.  The decedent's motorcycle was not insured. The decedent did, however, have insurance on his truck.  We therefore sought coverage pursuant to truck’s uninsured motorist coverage.  The insurance company argued that the decedent was disqualified from coverage because, according to the insurance company, he was operating an uninsured motor vehicle at the time of injury. 

Carleton v. Edgewood Heights, 156 N.H. 407 (2007):  Condominium owners association made a special assessment for repairs to what it characterized as the limited common area. The owner of a number of units in the development objected and claimed the repairs should be paid for only by the unit owners affected by the problem.  Court resolved the case on its interpretation of the governing condominium documents. 

Verizon  v. Rochester, 156 N.H. 624 (2007):  The telephone company sought abatement of the tax imposed against it for the value of the real property it uses and occupies in the public ways.  We argued that the tax was excessive and its imposition violated the company’s right to equal protection under the law.  New Hampshire Supreme Court upheld the lower court’s ruling that the proposed tax violated the company's right to equal protection compelled it to strike down the discriminatory levy.

New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New York state courts, United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, United States District Courts for the Districts of New Hampshire and Massachusetts, United States Tax Court, United States Court of Federal Claims and accredited mediator in NH Superior Courts.
  • New Hampshire Bar Association, American Bar Association and American Association for Justice
  • Chambers USA: A Guide to America's Leading Lawyers (Litigation), 2007 to present
  • United States Department of Justice Tax Division's Outstanding Trial Attorney Award, 1994
  • New Hampshire Trial Lawyer's Special Recognition Award, 2004
  • Recognized as a New England Super Lawyers 2008, 2011-present
  • New England's Best Lawyers, 2013
  • BV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell



 

CLE Seminars:
  • Faculty Member, Advanced Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law, NBI, June, 2014
  • Faculty Member, May It Please the Court - Effective Case Presentation at Trial, NBI, March, 2014
  • Faculty Member and Chair, Thinking Inside the Jury Box, NHAJ, March, 2013
  • Faculty Member, Trial Skills Academy, NHAJ, March, 2012
  • Faculty Member, E-Discovery, NHAJ, October, 2011
  • Faculty Member, Sophisticated Deposition Strategies, NBI, June, 2011
  • Faculty Member, Legal Ethics, Lorman Education Services, June, 2010
  • Faculty Member, Trial Skills, NHBA, April, 2009
  • Faculty Member, Personal Injury Claims from Soup to Nuts, NHAJ, March, 2009
  • Faculty Member, Persuading the Jury, NHAJ, December, 2008
  • Faculty Member, The Art of Deposition: Powerful, NBI, May, 2008
  • Faculty Member, Legal Ethics, Lorman Education Services, June, 2007
  • Faculty Member, Proof of Damages, Etc., NHTLA, March, 2006
  • Faculty Member, Keys to Successful Pre-Trial Preparation in New Hampshire, NBI, February, 2005
  • Faculty Member, Legal Ethics in New Hampshire, Lorman Education Services, February 2005

  • State Chair, United States Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Boston Inn of Court
  • Board of Directors, Seacoast Science Center
  • Past President, New Hampshire Association for Justice
  • Past President, Daniel Webster Chapter American Inn of Court
  • Fellow, American and New Hampshire Bar Foundation
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