John P. Harris, III

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Fredericksburg, VA

The Harris Law Firm, PLC
 | 1619 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Phone: 540-322-2832
Fax: 540-371-4946
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (90%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

As the founder of his own law firm in Fredericksburg, Virginia, John P. Harris III provides his plaintiff clients throughout the surrounding area with vigorous representation in a wide range of personal injury matters. Cases that he has handled have included motor vehicle accidents, medical and legal malpractice, premises liability, dog bites, nursing home abuse, and claims arising under the Federal Employers Liability Act on behalf of railroad workers who have been injured on the job.

Mr. Harris is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, receiving a Bachelor of Science in 1965. After spending nearly a decade as a Navy pilot, he then attended the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1977. Admitted to practice in Virginia, Mr. Harris is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He has been certified as a specialist in civil trial law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1985, and he is a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice and the Fredericksburg Area Bar Association.

Mr. Harris has published numerous articles on subjects ranging from the cross-examination of expert witnesses to the deterrent value of punitive damages in drunk driving accident injury cases. A member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, he has also obtained the respect of his fellow professionals, as evidenced by his receipt of an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and his 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 90%Personal Injury - General
  • 10%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Medical Malpractice


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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020

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About John Harris, III

Admitted: 1977, Virginia

Professional Webpage:


  • Best Lawyers: Personal Injury 2004 as published in Legal Times
  • Virginia Super Lawyers 2006-2008
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1999-2008

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, December 1985

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western Districts of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Amicus Curiae Committee (2001) (Chairman 2001)
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Annual Convention Sponsor, 1992-2001
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Fund Raising Committee, 1992, 1993
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Mentor Program, 1992
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Long-range Planning Committee, 1992-1993
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Publishing Committee (1989-1993) (Chairman 1991)
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Public Relations Committee (1993, 1994) (Chairman 1994)
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Community & Civic Services Committee, 1996
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1995-2008
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Insurance Law Sub-committee (1993-1995) (Chairman 1995)
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Membership Growth Committee, 1990-1991, 1993-1996
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Annual Convention Committee, 1991, 1993-1995
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Governors, 1990-1996
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Sustaining member
  • Fredericksburg Area Bar Association, President, 2002
  • Virginia State Bar, Member
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Virginia

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Seminar - Basic Medicine: Essentials for the Trial Lawyer “Cross-Examination of the DME” (November 9, 11, 16, 18, 2004), Lecturer
  • Seminar Chairman - New Direction to Full and Fair Verdicts in Auto Collision Cases (November 4, 9, 16, 18, 2000), Lecturer
  • Seminar - Winning the Soft-tissue Case in Today’s Hostile Environment “Overcoming Juror Bias: How to Make Voir Dire Work for You” (May 19, 1998), Lecturer
  • Seminar Chairman - Winning the Soft-tissue Case in Today's Hostile Environment (May 5, 8, 19, 21, 1998), Lecturer
  • Seminar -Try it. You’ll Like it: Winning the Automobile Personal Injury Case; (May 7 & 9, 1996) “Demonstrative Evidence - How Not to Spend a Fortune”, Lecturer
  • Seminar - Everything You Need to Settle Auto Accident Cases; (May 17 & 23, 1994) "How to Obtain Punitive Damages Against Drunk Drivers", Lecturer
  • Annual Convention - Foundations of Justice: Tools for Building a Successful Case, (Apr. 17, 1993) "How to Prove Entitlement to Punitive Damages in a Drunk Driving Case", Lecturer
  • Seminar - The 1989 Blue Ribbon Seminar - speaker (Nov. 7 & 9, 1989) “Enhancing Damages through Liability, Lecturer
  • Outline - “Using Punitive Damages Against Drunk Drivers to Enhance Full Recovery” for the seminar Everything You Need to Know to Settle Auto Accident Cases - Return of a Classic - New and Updated for 1996-1997 (Nov. 1996), Author
  • VIRGINIA PERSONAL INJURY FORMS, 1994 (Annual supplement 1995 -present) Lexis Law Publishing, Author
  • “The Not-so Independent Medical Examiner” The Journal (Spring 1992), Author
  • "Treatises" The Journal (Winter 1991 -1992), Author
  • “Favorite Computer Programs” The Journal (Winter 1991 -1992), Author
  • "How to Overcome Your Computer Phobia" The Journal (Winter 1991 -1992), Author
  • “How to Cross-examine the Hired Gun” The Journal (Winter 1991 -1992), Author
  • "What is the Death of a Child Really Worth?" The Journal (April 1990), Author
  • “An Objective Finding on a Negative X-ray” The Journal (January 1990), Author


  • This video introduces THE SMART CONSUMER'S GUIDE TO YOUR PERSONAL INJURY CASE written by Fredericksburg attorney, John P. Harris, III. He represents people injured in auto and truck accidents.  It will help level the playing field if you have been in an auto or truck accident., A BOOK THAT LEVELS THE PLAYING FIELD

Educational Background:

  • U.S. Naval Academy, 1965
  • Virginia Military Institute
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Office Location for John P. Harris, III

1619 Jefferson Davis Highway
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Phone: 540-322-2832

Fax: 540-371-4946

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