North Carolina Court of Appeals (1992) - Ken Harris handles his first case before the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Harris sued the North Carolina Dance Theater to enforce a contractual arbitration clause. After the arbitration was denied by the District Court, Harris appealed. The appeals court agreed with Harris and ordered arbitration. The published decision created the following case law that has been quoted in other cases.
"However, we have held an "order denying arbitration, although interlocutory, is immediately appealable because it involves a substantial right which might be lost if appeal is delayed.
United States Court of Appeals (Richmond/4th Circuit - December 1994) - Ken Harris handles his first significant federal case. He files a federal lawsuit against the City of Charlotte and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department for shooting an armed African American male at an apartment complex in Charlotte. Following summary judgement, Harris appeals to the case to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond. Harris argues the case in Richmond, loses, but threatens an appeal. The case settles.
North Carolina Court of Appeals/Supreme Court (1996) - Ken again appeals a case to the North Carolina Court of Appeals. The case involved termination of a claimant's benefits after he allegedly failed to pursue and accept suitable employment. Harris loses the appeal concerning the termination of the plaintiff's benefits. However, oddly enough, the court of Appeals decision solidified a claimant's right to have benefits restored once he or she complies with vocational rehabilitation. As a result, subsequent to the appellate decision, the case settled for a significant amount. The defendant's request for a writ of certiorari is denied by the NC Supreme Court
Trial/Verdict (Personal Injury - October 1997) - Harris conducts a three-day personal injury trial in Catawba County. The Plaintiff alleged severe and disabling headaches following a minor automobile accident. Harris gives an impassioned closing argument. The jury renders a verdict of $100,000. The defendant's offer just prior to trial was $7,500.
Trial/Verdict (United States District Court/Eastern District Virginia - 1998) - Following a three-day trial, Harris and co-counsel secure a $250,000 verdict against the US Government for a Claimant injured in an accident with a postal vehicle.
North Carolina Court of Appeals (1999) - Harris Secures a victory for a totally disabled claimant after the defendant appeals a favorable decision by the Full Commission. The case, Martins v. Cummins South, becomes a benchmark decision and is reported in North Carolina Lawyers Weekly. The case raised the proposition that a Form 60 agreement by an employer to pay benefits creates a presumption of disability.
North Carolina Full Commission Appeal (Workers Compensation - 2002) - Harris again changes workers compensation law and, in the process, becomes one of the few Black lawyers to be featured on the cover of North Carolina Lawyers Weekly. The ruling against Wachovia/Wells Fargo eliminated the use of subsidized employment in North Carolina as a method for employers to stop a workers compensation claimants benefits. Griffith V. Wachovia.
Media/Civil/Criminal (United States District Court - October 2005) - The Firm handles a very high profile case involving a police shooting in Fayetteville. Harris files a federal lawsuit against the City of Fayetteville. The case is featured in the Fayetteville Observer with the headline "City Faces Lawsuit in Shooting". The case involves a drug
sting gone bad during which the police shoot and paralyze a young Fayetteville native. Ultimately the federal lawsuit is dismissed as Harris negotiates the claimant's potential life sentence down to 8 years. The claimant is ultimately released from federal prison in three years. Harris argued that in light of the claimant's health issues related to the paralysis, a ten year sentence was, in fact, a death penalty.
Top 25 Settlement (Medical Malpractice - October 2005) - Ken and co-counsel settle a high - profile, hard fought medical malpractice claim against one of the largest hospitals in North Carolina. The claimant was rendered partially brain-dead after being improperly reversed/oxygenated during surgery at a Durham hospital
North Carolina Court of Appeals (Workers Compensation - March 2007) - Harris appeals an adverse decision to the North Carolina Court of Appeals. The case involved a hotel worker who had allegedly refused an offer sutitable employment. Unfortunately, the Court of Appeals ruled against Harris and the claimant and determined the claimant had, in face refused employment. Ultimately, the case settled.
United States District Court (Akron Ohio/6th Circuit - November 2009) - Harris represents an Akron Family concerning a high-profile case where an inmate dies in an Ohio jail after ingesting cocaine during his arrist. Harris and Graham travel to Ohio and Harris argues against summary judgment in federal court against a team of Ohio lawyers. Ultimately, summary judgment is granted, but Harris settles the case after threatening an appeal. The
defendant refused medical treatment after ingesting the cocaine and refused to admit that he had cocaine in his system.
Settlement (Medical Malpractice - August 2010) - Harris and co-counsel obtain a pre-litigation settlement in a medical malpractice case involving a patient who was severely injured during an abdominal surgery.
Trial/Verdict/Top 25 Settlement (Products Liability - July 2011) - Harris represents the family of a Charlotte teen who dies afer being tased by poice. Harris and co-counsel file a lawsuit in federal court against Taser International. International. Taser's attorneys decide not to offer any settlement at the mediation of the case. The case is scheduled for trial. Following the trial, the jury awards the plaintiff $10 million. This is one of the largest federal verdicts in Charlotte history.
North Carolina Court of Appeals (Workers Compensation - 2012) - Harris Wins another Court of Appeals decision in a case involving a severely impaired workers compensation claimant. The claimant although, young, suffered a disabling back injury at work that required multiple surgeries. The defendants claimed that the plaintiff could work and appealed on the basis to the NC Court of Appeals. Fortunately, the court of Appeals disagreed and ruled in Harris'favor.
Social Security Hearing/Appeal (September 2013) - Harris and Graham represent a social security disability who had lost his claim over ten(10) years prior to retaining KHA. The claimant's attorney had lost the cases at the initial filing, reconsideration, hearing and Appeals Council levels. The attorney then appealed the case to US District Court and lost there. Harris refiled the case and requested a hearing. After multiple hearings, Harris made a motion for the judge to allow new evidence despite the doctrine of res judicata. Harris and Graham introduced decades old medical notes from the Veterans Administration to support the claim that the claimant was suffering from disabling psychological problems. The judge allowed the prior record to be supplemented and agreed that res judicata does not apply as the VA records were new evidence that existed at the time of the original hearing. The judge issued a favorable decision and awarded the claimant continuing disability benefits and past due benefits over $100,000.
Media (December 2013) - National media outlets report that Harris is representing Beyone's father, Mathew Knowles concerning his child support/domestic issues.
Settlement (medical Malpractice - November 2014) - Harris, with Cheryl's assistance, obtains a pre-litigation settlement of a medical malpractice case against one of the largest hospitals in North Carolina. The unique case involves a claimant who is mistakenly given radiation therapy to the brain after a waiting room mix-up.
NCAA Investigation (2015) - Harris represents one head coach and one assistant coach at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill concerning the nationally publicized NCAA investigation. Following Harris' representation through depositions, neither coach is referenced or mentioned in the new NCAA Notice of Allegations released in the Spring of 2016.
Settlement (Medical Malpractice - April 2016) - Harris represents a paralyzed claimant who suffers severe and profound bed sores after being hosopitalized. Harris (with the assistance of Cheryl) reaches a confidential pre-litigation settlement with the defendant.