Paul R. Harris, the associate of the firm, is a graduate of the University of Houston Law Center and is licensed to practice in the State of Texas.
As a law student, he received the Yale Rosenberg Memorial Award, which is awarded to the author of the best student paper on the subject of federal civil procedure. The paper discussed the procedural limitations imposed on lawsuits from prisoners and the implications on litigation in other areas of the law.
While in law school, he served as a law clerk for the Houston office of Advocacy, Inc., (currently known as Disability Rights Texas), a federally created nonprofit that protects the legal rights of individuals with disabilities. He also worked as a law clerk here at Butler & Harris before becoming an associate in 2008.
Originally from Borger, Texas, Paul attended the University of Texas at Austin for his undergraduate studies, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in English and graduating with Honors. While attending college, Paul worked for Extend-A-Care, a non-profit, after school daycare, where he became a Center Supervisor in charge of the Extend-A-Care location at Summit Elementary.
Paul has represented clients in matters before both state and federal courts in Houston and has extensive experience assisting clients through internal grievance processes. He has represented numerous local and federal governmental employees, including employees of the City of Houston, in litigation and before the Merit Systems Protection Board and the TEA hearing process.
Additionally, he has successfully represented numerous clients and small businesses with claims for Unemployment Benefits through the Texas Workforce Commission.
In 2013 and 2014, Paul served as the President of the Houston Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association, where he helped organize and emcee monthly educational luncheons for local plaintiff’s employment lawyers.
He has conducted training sessions for private sector companies, is a regular guest speaker at the University of Houston’s Paralegal Certificate Program, and often speaks at nearby schools on the importance of jury duty as part of the Houston Bar Association’s Speakers Bureau.
Away from work, Paul has his hands full with his two young children, Henry and Maggie. In 2005, he married his college sweetheart, Erica, who is now a top-notch English teacher at Carnegie Vanguard High School.
- Admitted to Practice before the Supreme Court of Texas, U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas, and the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit.
- Member, Houston Bar Association, National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA); Texas Employment Lawyers Association; Houston-NELA
The Schnapper Trio: Significant Employment Opinions from the U.S. Supreme Court, The Houston Lawyer Magazine, Volume 49, Number 4, January / February 2012