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About Harris J. Zakarin

Harris J. Zakarin is a successful litigation attorney with an expertise and concentration in appellate practice. He represents clients in every appellate court in New York, including the New York Court of Appeals, New York's highest court, and in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He also collaborates and consults with trial counsel to ensure that issues are properly and adequately preserved for appellate review and assists in all phases of litigation strategy, including the handling of motion practice in both trial and appellate courts.

Prior to starting his own practice, Harris was a partner in a national law firm where he co-chaired the firm's appellate practice group. In that regard, he represented individuals, closely-held businesses and major insurance companies in all aspects of commercial and civil litigation, with an emphasis in appellate litigation. A former law clerk in the Appellate Division, his name appears on countless appellate decisions that he has briefed and argued in nearly every area of civil law.

A sampling of some of these precedent-setting appeals can be found here.

Harris began his legal career as an Appellate Court Attorney for the New York State Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department, and served as law secretary to the Honorable Anthony V. Cardona, former Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department, and the Honorable Paul J. Yesawich, Jr., former Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department. While in law school, Harris, who graduated magna cum laude, served as Editor-in-Chief of the law review.

Harris is a member of the New York State Bar Association as well as the Suffolk County Bar Association where he served as the co-chair of the Appellate Practice Committee from 2011 through 2013. Harris regularly participates and frequently lectures in continuing legal education seminars.  He is a member of The Leadership Council for the Mentoring Partnership of Long Island, as well as a member of Touro Law Center's Alumni Council.

Awards and Recognitions

In 2013, Harris was selected as a Super Lawyer in Appellate Practice, a recognition bestowed only upon 5 percent of New York lawyers.  In 2010, Harris was named as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Rising Stars by the Long Island Business News.

Presentations and Seminars

    Basics of Appellate Practice (Suffolk County Bar Association, April 13, 2013) - - Panel Member and Coordinator of Program
    Criminal Appeals (Suffolk County Bar Association, January 19, 2012) - - Moderator
    Practice in the Appellate Division (Suffolk County Bar Association, May 4, 2011) - - Panel Member

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