Greg Harris is an accomplished Columbia, South Carolina lawyer with a successful track record of resolving difficult criminal cases in courts throughout the Southeast. He is also a successful appellate advocate having successfully argued cases before the Supreme Court of South Carolina and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Greg's federal criminal defense practice extends beyond South Carolina to several other states where he has helped his clients successfully resolve complex federal prosecutions.
If he agrees to represent you, Greg will be personally responsible for your case. Unlike some law firms, he will not hand you over to a junior associate, paralegal or "case manager." While he has a very talented and capable staff, he believes it is important for Harris & Gasser lawyers to know exactly what is going on in each and every case they accept. Because he limits the number of clients he represents, he can afford to give those clients 100% of his attention when it is time to successfully resolve the case or go to trial.
His primary office is in downtown Columbia, but he has won criminal trials in every part of the state. He has successfully represented clients in federal and state courts in the metro areas of Greenville, Charleston, Florence, Sumter, Spartanburg, Aiken and in many smaller towns across South Carolina. He also accepts a limited number of federal criminal cases in other states. In cases outside of South Carolina, he usually associates highly qualified local counsel to assist him at no additional cost to the client.
After his graduation from law school in 1986, Greg worked for Circuit Court Judge Marion H. Kinon as his law clerk. It was during this first year of his legal career that he decided trial work would be his primary focus in the practice of law. After his clerkship with Judge Kinon, Greg worked as an Assistant Solicitor in the 5th Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office under Jim Anders. During his two years with the Solicitor's Office, he prosecuted cases ranging from driving under the influence to murder. During the last year of his tenure with the Solicitor's Office, Greg focused primarily on violent crime, prosecuting cases involving criminal sexual assault, felony driving under the influence, rape and murder.
In 1998, Greg became a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorneys Office for the District of South Carolina. After this appointment, he was named Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division by United States Attorney, E. Bart Daniel, a position that he held for over three years as a federal prosecutor.
As the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division, Greg specialized in the prosecution of white collar crimes including a multimillion dollar bank fraud/money laundering case, a multi-district intrastate chop shop case, as well as multi-kilo narcotics violations. Greg views his tenure as a prosecutor as a life experience that now assists him in obtaining the best results possible for all of his state and federal clients.
The other side will have many resources at their disposal. So should you. Mr. Harris utilizes a number of top-notch experts to assist him. These include forensic accountants, and investigators who formerly worked in law enforcement. From the moment he takes a case, Mr. Harris and his staff conduct their own investigation. In some cases, he is able to interview witnesses before the government does. His goal is to obtain the information needed to convince the prosecution to drop the charges. If dropping the charges is not possible, he uses the information to zealously defend his clients.
Mr. Harris only takes a few select cases. He keeps his caseload down so that he can give each of his clients the personal attention that they deserve. He is always available to address questions and concerns and returns his telephone calls within 24 hours.