Brett R. Harris - Business, Nonprofit and Technology Attorney in NJ

Brett R. Harris
Phone: 732.855.6122
Fax: 732.726.6574
Bar Admission:

New Jersey and United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1991
New York, 1992

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Education:

J.D., New York University School of Law, 1991
B.A., Washington and Jefferson College, cum laude, 1988

Biographical Information:

Brett R. Harris, a shareholder with Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A., has broad-based general corporate practice consisting of both transactional matters and day-to-day client counseling on everyday business matters. She has extensive transactional experience in stock and asset acquisitions representing both buyers and sellers. She has many years of experience in document drafting and negotiation, regulatory compliance matters and policy development for a full range of clients, including publicly-traded companies, closely-held businesses, health care practices, charitable organizations, governmental entities and individual business executives.

Ms. Harris has a particular focus on counseling non-profit organizations including entity formation, establishing and maintaining tax exempt status and complying with fundraising regulations. She counsels Boards on policy matters, mission statement development and strategic planning. In addition, she advises clients on structuring and operating family foundations, including grantmaking due diligence and administration of grant agreements.

Her intellectual property practice consists of trademark screening, trademark and copyright registrations, IP licensing matters, trade secret protections, issuing and responding to cease and desist letters and interfacing with the firm’s commercial litigation team on infringement matters.

Ms. Harris has developed a practice with an emphasis on technology issues. She represents software developers, online businesses and consulting firms. Ms. Harris also advises general business clients and non-profits in addressing technology concerns, including privacy, licensing, e-discovery, development of online policies and website disclaimers, e-commerce, domain name management, establishment of employee e-mail and Internet usage policies and addressing legal issues related to social media.

Recognitions:

  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating of 5.0/5.0
  • Named as one of NJBIZ Magazine’s Best 50 Women in Business in 2012
  • Selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in Corporate/M&A practice area for 2012-2014
  • Recipient of The Founder’s Award from “I Have a Dream” Foundation - Plainfield Project in October 2011
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® published by Woodward/White, Inc. for 2007-2014 in the specialties of Intellectual Property Law, Corporate Law, Business Organizations and Trademark Law
  • Recognized as a Super Lawyer in the New Jersey Law Monthly, New Jersey Super Lawyers Editions for 2007-2014 in areas of Business/Corporate, Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Non-Profit
  • Recognized in "Women and Minorities in the Legal Profession" supplement of New Jersey Law Journal in August of 2005
  • Recognized in New Jersey Law Journal’s “Forty under Forty” listing in 2002

Professional Affiliates:

  • New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Business Law Section Board of Directors (2001-present);
  • Vice Chair Communications (2005-present)
  • NJSBA Internet & Computer Law Committee Chair (2003-2005; 2011-2014)
  • NJSBA Women in the Profession Section Board of Trustees (2011-2014)
  • NJSBA Intellectual Property Law Committee and Privacy Committee
    American Bar Association (Business Law, Law Practice Management, Science & Technology Law and Center for Professional Responsibility)
  • New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
  • Middlesex County Bar Association
  • Special Editor for New Jersey Lawyer (Magazine) Nonprofit Law issue published April 2010 and Internet Law issue published December 2008
  • Contributing Author to Desk Reference Manual for Nonprofit & Social Service Organizations (Third Ed. 2013)
  • Published in New Jersey Lawyer (Magazine), New Jersey Law Journal, New Jersey Family Lawyer, The Computer & Internet Lawyer
  • Symposium Coordinator, Moderator and Speaker for New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, National Business Institute and other legal education providers
  • Association for Corporate Growth – New Jersey
  • Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey – Technology for Business Roundtable Steering Committee (2014)
  • Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership
  • Center for Non-Profits

 Community and Charitable Activities:

  • Medical and Professional Advisory Council of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation (1999-present)
  • Legal Advisor Trustee on the Board of Trustees of Temple Emanu-El of Westfield "I Have a Dream" Foundation, Inc. (2000-present)
  • Temple Emanu-El of Westfield Co-Chair of Library Committee (2011-present); member of Religious School Committee (2007-present) and Leadership Development program (2012)
  • Liberty Science Center Women’s Leadership Council
  • American Heart Association 2014 Garden State Go Red for Women® Luncheon Leadership Committee
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University 2014 Conference for Women in Nonprofit Leadership Steering Committee

 Twitter:

  • @BrettHarrisEsq for tweets on business and nonprofit matters, technology law and issues of interest to professional women

Area of Emphasis:

General Corporate Counseling, Nonprofit & Charitable Organizations, Intellectual Property Protections, Technology Contracting and Software Licensing, Cybersecurity and Data Protection, Employment and Consulting Agreements, Shareholder Relationships and Limited Liability Company Operating Agreements, Mergers and Acquisitions, Restrictive Covenants and Confidentiality Agreements