Brian Harris concentrates his practice in state and federal tax, intellectual property, and other commercial matters. He represents clients in trial and appellate courts and in administrative proceedings, and has significant experience litigating in federal district and bankruptcy courts. He also represents businesses and individuals in a broad range of matters before the IRS, including audits, investigations, collections, and litigation.
Previously, Brian served as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, in Washington, D.C. He was the lead attorney on over 100 cases in federal courts across the country where he represented the United States and the IRS in tax, fraud, and bankruptcy matters. He also litigated several of the government's largest and most significant corporate tax shelter cases with hundreds of millions of dollars in dispute. While at the Department of Justice, Brian handled numerous trials, evidentiary hearings, and mediations, and litigated extensively in the federal district and bankruptcy courts throughout Florida.
Brian is also a patent attorney. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, he worked at an intellectual property firm in Chicago where he litigated patent infringement cases, drafted dozens of original patent applications, and prosecuted numerous U.S., PCT and foreign patent applications, mostly in the areas of computer and wireless networks, telecommunications networks, circuits, and software. Brian represented Fortune 500 companies, universities, small and mid-sized businesses, and start-ups. He advised clients on patent strategies that helped realize their business objectives, and also drafted patent opinions.