Pat Harris grew up in a middle-class family in a small farming community in Arkansas. His father was an industrial engineer at the local shoe factory and his mother was an eighth-grade history teacher. Pat graduated from the University of Arkansas where he was awarded the J. William Fulbright Award as the outstanding history student at the University. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was a Rhodes Scholar state finalist. In 1993, he graduated with a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor.
Upon graduating from law school, Pat turned down a number of lucrative law firm offers to take a job in the Nashville Public Defender’s Office. In 1995, he moved to Los Angeles where he began a 23-year career as a criminal defense and civil rights attorney. Over the past decade, he has been repeatedly honored as one of the top 100 trial attorneys in the country. Throughout his career, he has taken on some of the most powerful entities in the country including Pfizer, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and a number of large insurance agencies. He has never backed down from fighting for those without a voice.
Pat is the author of two books: The Woman Who Wouldn’t Talk, a biography of Susan McDougal that spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list; and Mistrial, a critical look inside the criminal justice system, voted the grand prize winner at the Los Angeles Book Festival.
Pat lives in Studio City with his wife Carol Welsman, a world-class jazz singer and pianist. They have two dogs, Lucy and Boomer, and are dedicated animal rights advocates