Bob L. Harris

Bob L. Harris

Bob L. Harris

Direct Phone: (850) 425-5210
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  • Education

    • Florida State University College of Law, J.D., 1984
    • Arkansas State University, B.A., with honors, 1979

    Practice Areas

    • Education and School Law
    • Employment Defense Litigation
    • Legislative and Governmental Affairs
    • K-12 Education Litigation and Tort Defense
    • Accreditation and State Licensure
    • Private Post-Secondary Educational Institutions
    • Florida Commission for Independent Education
    • Purchase and Sale of Private Educational Institutions
    • Corporate and Contract Litigation
    • Agency Licensure, DBPR, DOH, USDOE and FDOE
    • Insurance Defense

  • Representative Client Experience

    • Represents clients before the Florida Legislature
    • Represents independent postsecondary educational institutions and assists with compliance issues, accreditation, licensure, approval of programs, purchase and sale of private colleges and universities, employment issues, and litigation
    • Represents public school districts in the Florida Legislature, and assists them in defense of claims made against the school districts
    • Provides counsel to state and national associations and trade organizations
    • Provides assistance in drafting contracts and litigating contract disputes
    • Represents institutions with employee matters, including drafting employee policies and litigating employment matters
    • Represents several statewide, national and international colleges and universities in the fields of health care, IT, business, and distance learning


    • The Florida Bar, 1985
    • U.S. District Court, Northern and Middle District of Florida, 1986
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2008
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1987
    • United States Supreme Court, 1996