Jason R. Harris represents and advises clients in a variety of admiralty and maritime law matters as well as general litigation, transportation, and construction matters. Jason frequently represents clients and insurers including the defense and prosecution of serious bodily injuries, fatalities, casualties, marine salvage, wreck removal, catastrophic property damage events, and construction disputes. In addition, Jason has extensive experience providing counsel to clients on corporate and risk management issues. He takes pride in offering clients efficient and effective results and business-minded solutions.
Before joining FSO, Jason practiced law as a partner in other firms located in Southeastern North Carolina and had offices in Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina and in Jacksonville, Onslow County, North Carolina.
Jason took a hiatus from the private practice of law to serve as General Counsel, Director of Legal and Corporate Secretary for an international marine salvage, wreck removal, decommissioning, and underwater services company headquartered in Houston, Texas, with its operational headquarters in Holland. While in-house, Jason assisted in the implementation of a merger, advised the board of directors and management on legal affairs, oversaw an international legal and risk management team, performed extensive business contract reviews, and designed a robust regulatory compliance program.
Business dealings have taken Jason across the United States and around the world to international commercial destinations such as Indonesia, Singapore, Brazil, Denmark, England, the Netherlands, and Costa Rica. However, he particularly enjoys servicing clients in cities, towns, and the unincorporated areas of North Carolina, such as Sneads Ferry in Onslow County where he lived and practiced law for many years.
Jason is proud to have had the opportunity to serve in the Alabama and North Carolina Army National Guard as a military policeman and a Judge Advocate General Legal Assistant. Before being Honorably Discharged in 2000, his duties sent him to Panama, Germany, and a host of domestic locations.
- Admiralty & Maritime Law
- Transportation Law
- Construction Law
- North Carolina (2001)
- Texas State (2015)
- Virginia (2021)
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
- U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- Mr. Harris has also been admitted pro hac vice for particular cases in other states including South Carolina, Tennessee, Montana and Colorado.
- University of Miami School of Law (LL. M. Ocean and Coastal Law, 2001)
- Wake Forest University School of Law (JD, 2000)
- Auburn University (BA, 1997)
Professional Affiliations & Bar Associations
- Maritime Law Association of the United States, Proctor Member; Marine Torts and Casualties Committee, Vice Chair; Nominating Committee; Former: Director, Salvage Committee Chairman
- Eastern District of North Carolina Local Admiralty Rules Committee, Member
- Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, Member
- Jacksonville-Onslow County Chamber of Commerce, Military Affairs Committee, Chairman
- American Salvage Association, Former Legal Counsel
- Cape Fear Auburn Club, Co-Founder
- International Association of Marine Investigators, Former: Member and General Counsel
- Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated (2018)
- Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers Lawyer Of The Year in the field of Admiralty and Maritime Law (2024)
- Selected for inclusion in North Carolina Super Lawyers in the field of Transportation/Maritime (2021-2023)
- Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Admiralty and Maritime Law (2019-2024); Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants (2019-2024)
- Selected for inclusion in Lawyer Of The Year in the field of Admiralty and Maritime Law (2022)
Speeches and Presentations
Jason R. Harris served as a presenter to a group of marine surveyors on Dec. 1, 2023 in Virginia Beach. His presentation focused on legally minded best practices for marine experts including surveyors, adjusters and marine professionals.
Jason R. Harris hosted a June 13, 2023 webinar entitled “Maritime and Admiralty Claims in North Carolina – The Jones Act and Beyond.”
The webinar discussed issues including casualties involving boats, maritime workers, vessel operators and passengers, incidents on and near the water, and damages to structures in and around the water. Jason discussed what becomes of the vessel(s) involved in the incident including wreck removal, marine salvage, and strategies to adjust and negotiate such claims and covered distinctions between North Carolina and maritime and admiralty law.
In February 2023, Jason R. Harris presented courses on marine salvage during three sessions over three days to over 150 attendees including marine claims counsels and marine claims adjusters from a national domestic insurer.
Jason R. Harris served as a presenter to a group of marine surveyors on Dec. 2, 2022. The event was held in Virginia Beach and attracted individuals from an estimated 20 states. His presentation focused on ethics for surveyors.
On August 2, 2022, Jason R. Harris authored an article entitled “Is it in or out…of the Statute of Limitations?” concerning timely service of uninsured motorist action. The article can be found here: Is it in or out…of the Statute of Limitations? – Cranfill Sumner… (cshlaw.com).
Jason R. Harris served as a presenter for a June 16, 2022 webinar “Maritime & Admiralty Claims: Legal Issues & North Carolina Distinctions.” The webinar helped to educate adjusters and re-educate experienced adjusters regarding tips, strategies, and pitfalls when investigating first or third-party issues involving incidents on and near the water, and damages to structures in and around the water (whether it is a collision, allision, fire, personal injury, property damage or other incident).
On March 10, 2022, Jason R. Harris co-authored an article entitled “Evaluating Medical Bill ins Admiralty Cases in North Carolina: Does Rule 414 Apply? The article can be found here: Evaluating Medical Bills in Admiralty Cases in North Carolina:… (cshlaw.com).
Jason R. Harris served as a panelist for the virtual Maritime Law Seminar on Feb. 18, 2022. Jason and other panelists from around the Southeastern United States discussed “Limitation of Liability issues,” concerning a hypothetical marine casualty. The day-long seminar was presented by the Florida Bar Admiralty Law Committee and the Federal Bar Association’s Admiralty Bar Section and offered CLE credit.
On November 10, 2021, Jason R. Harris authored an article entitled “Secure Your Boat or the Damages She Causes Could be Your Fault!” The article can be found here: Secure Your Boat or the Damages She Causes Could Be Your Fault! -… (cshlaw.com).
On April 29, 2021, Jason R. Harris presented a webinar entitled “Defending Marine Salvage Claims in a Marine Casualty Environment.” The webinar afforded continuing education, addressed salvage law, claims adjusting and maritime dispute resolution to an audience from a marine insurer.
On April 21, 2021 Jason R. Harris co-presented a roundtable webinar entitled “The Devil is Always in the Details – The Limitation Act and Its Nuances.” The co-presenter and moderator were South Florida maritime lawyers and the session was hosted by the Admiralty Law Section of the Federal Bar Association. The roundtable discussion addressed questions related to the Limitation of Liability Act including: What constitutes a written notice of claim? How to deal with efforts to stay a limitation action? Who can limit? How do these rules vary?
On April 1, 2021, Jason R. Harris co-authored an article entitled “Cap On Recovery of Medical Bills in Wrongful Death Claims in North Carolina”. The article can be found here: Cap On Recovery of Medical Bills in Wrongful Death Claims in North… (cshlaw.com)
On March 4, 2021, Jason R. Harris presented about salvage law and maritime dispute resolution to an audience from a marine insurer.
Jason R. Harris attended the American Institute of Marine Underwriters and Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club Yacht Insurance Seminar on Nov. 10, 2020, which included an overview of recreational marine insurance topics including underwiting challenges, valuation of claims, and more.
Jason R. Harris served as a presenter at the 30th Annual Training Seminar for the International Association of Marine Investigators (IAMI) on March 3 during the event March 1-4 in North Charleston, South Carolina. He presented to an audience(including claims adjusters, marine surveyors, marine engineers, and law enforcement officers) on the topic of the “Expert Witness” which discussed the importance of expert witnesses in and after marine casualties and investigations.
Jason R. Harris was a featured speaker at the Maritime Law Association (MLA) CLE in New York City on May 3, 2019. He offered comments on the Maritime Law Association Code of Professional Conduct including civility and stability for lawyers despite the occasional heavy seas associated with an admiralty and maritime law practice. Jason was acknowledged during the MLA’s General Meeting for three (3) years of service as a Board Member. He also gave an impromptu presentation on the highlights of the Association’s Committee on Salvage.
Jason Harris presented at the American Conference Institute’s 7th Forum on Admiralty & Maritime Claims and Litigation. The event was held Feb. 25-27, 2019 at the Westin Oaks Houston in Houston, TX. On Feb. 26, Jason co-presented on Ethics and Professionalism specific to marine casualty, insurance, and litigation contexts.
On September 27, 2018, Jason R. Harris authored an article entitled “Hurricane Florence Recovery: How to Handle Removal of Sunken Vessels”. The article can be viewed here:Hurricane Florence Recovery: How to Handle Removal of Sunken… (cshlaw.com).
On October 30, 2018, Jason R. Harris spoke as part of a panel discussion on “The Aftermath of Disaster.” The three-person panel addressed legal and insurance issues following marine casualties and natural disasters and the importance of using an experienced admiralty and maritime attorney.The panel was part of the 29th Marine Seminar, a conference hosted by the Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club. It was held Oct. 29-30 at the Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
On October 1, 2018, Jason R. Harris authored an article entitled “Maritime and Admiralty Presumptions Concerning Damages Caused by Vessels”. The article can be viewed here: Maritime and Admiralty Presumptions Concerning Damages Caused by… (cshlaw.com).
Jason R. Harris was featured as the Admiralty and Maritime Lawyer of the Month in the latest edition of the Triangle Attorney at Law Magazine. The article can be viewed here: Jason R. Harris: On The Waterfront | Attorney at Law Magazine.