Jeremy Harris is a civil litigator with extensive trial and appellate court experience. Mr. Harris represents clients in all phases of large scale construction defect litigation cases. His construction defect litigation practice is focused on defending developers, general contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, environmental consultants, product manufacturers, and insurance carriers in these disputes. Mr. Harris has a large amount of consumer finance litigation experience. He has represented banks and loan servicers in federal and state court in a variety of ways, including: defending consumer protection lawsuits; litigating real property title priority disputes; and appeals. Mr. Harris has tried cases before many trial courts throughout the state of Florida and has engaged in oral arguments in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Districts of the State of Florida.
Leadership, Membership & Honors
Before joining the firm, Mr. Harris was a shareholder and managing attorney of a national firm’s Florida office, practicing in the area of real estate and consumer finance litigation. Prior to going to law school, Mr. Harris was part of his collegiate and high school debate teams-qualifying in college for the prestigious National Debate Tournament.
Areas of Expertise
Bar and Court Admissions
Representative Appellate Opinions
HSBC Bank USA, N.A. v. Perez decided a lien priority dispute in favor of Mr. Harris’s client. The litigation arose as a result of a fraudulent mortgage scheme in which none of the parties were involved. Two banks litigated lien priority, and the loser was ultimately out its lien. This case created new law based on complicated title issues that benefitted Mr. Harris’s client. HSBC Bank USA, N.A. v. Perez, 165 So.3d 696 (Fla. 4th 2015).
White v. Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC upheld a foreclosure judgment and summary judgment as to counterclaims despite the fact that the summary judgment motion was served less than 20 days prior to trial (which is when it was heard) because of the harmless error rule. White v. Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC, 159 So.3d 1009 (Fla. 3d DCA 2015).
U.S. Bank Nat. Ass’n v. Busquets reversed summary judgment regarding the sufficiency of a notice of intent to accelerate letter in a mortgage foreclosure action. U.S. Bank Nat. Ass’n v. Busquets, 135 So.3d 488 (Fla. 2d DCA 2014). This is one of the earliest successful Florida appellate cases on this issue and this case was heavily cited in Green Tree Servicing, LLC v. Milam, a case that finally established the legal standard in this area of the law in a way favorable to banks. Green Tree Servicing, LLC v. Milam, 177 So.3d 7 (Fla. 2d DCA 2015).