I don't always look that way. That little guy flying through the air? That's my youngest child, Crosby. He was showing me his ninja moves. He has two older sisters, Aniston & Henley.
Being a dad is the best thing I have ever done, but I couldn't do it without my wife, Leslie.
She will probably make me change this photo. The truth is she needs her own "about me" page to talk about all of the ways she supports our family. She is not only my partner in life, but an important part of our office here at Harris Law.
I have two older brothers. I grew up in North Arkansas and Southern Missouri, and I graduated high school from West Plains, MO (Go Zizzers!).
We always lived in a small town, which had a huge impact on my values. Community is important and helping others is the right thing to do.
Most people encounter me as their lawyer. Seeing me in Court or my office, you will see the professional side of me. I take my clients and my work very serious. The truth is, I am a bit of a goof in the rest of my life.
I graduated from Arkansas State University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. I was a four (4) year member of a National Championship Speech and Debate Program. This ultimately guided my path toward law.
In 2005 I graduated with a Masters of Arts degree from The University of Arkansas. While there I helped coach the debate program.
In 2008 I graduated from the University of Tulsa School of Law with my Juris Doctorate. While going to school I worked as an adjunct professor at Tulsa Community College teaching speech classes and coaching their debate team.
When I was in the Army National Guard I had to go through an arbitration process regarding a tank accident that occurred while I was training. In the accident I had a bar impale my knee; the recovery was tough. I was very young and very scared. I was assigned a JAG attorney to help me through the process. I was kept in the dark on a lot of issues. I felt bullied and pushed through a process I didn’t understand. It all hit me when my own attorney responded to me in a disparaging manner, “Where did you go to law school”? He knew I hadn’t, and he knew that I had to accept everything he said. I had never felt so helpless in my life. I never wanted to feel like that again. I wanted to be an attorney that would give an honest opinion, good or bad. I wanted to be an attorney that would help people be empowered, and not bullied.
The people! Nixa still has a small-town community atmosphere. I love helping Nixa residents navigate the difficult waters of our Court system, only to turn around and see them at my kid's ball game the same night. We love our community.
Staying on the cutting edge of advancements in law is the most difficult and time consuming aspect of practicing law. The law is fluid and constantly changing. I spend hundreds of hours each year educating myself so that I can provide my client’s premiere representation.
A warm greeting! Our clients consistently rave about how comfortable they feel in our office. This comes from my motivation for being an attorney. It is important to me that you feel important and informed at every stage of your legal journey. Our clients become our friends and then our family.
Not very well. The truth is that I love my job and it bleeds over into every aspect of my life. I help people solve problems, and that doesn't stop simply because we are friends or family. I try to be honest and upfront about expectations, and I always try to do the right thing.
As a general rule, people do not come to see me because things are going great in their life. Seeing people hurt physically and emotionally is hard because I try to be empathetic about their situation.
As I encounter people in life I try to be more understanding of their situation. We never really know what someone is going through. Most often a negative interaction with a person is a result of unrelated stressors in their own life.