Nancy Harris is a seasoned trial lawyer with a proven track record handling high stakes and bet-the-company matters for clients throughout California and across the country.

Nancy has represented corporate clients and individuals in a wide variety of commercial disputes with particular emphasis in the areas of governmental compliance actions, consumer class actions, trade secrets and other intellectual property disputes and real estate disputes.

Nancy’s practice covers all aspects of commercial and business disputes, from preliminary investigations through trial and appeal. She has obtained successful outcomes for clients in federal and state courts and in private arbitration.

Most of Nancy’s engagements have resolved favorably prior to trial (e.g., through motion practice and/or mediation), but where trial was merited she has achieved impressive results on behalf of her clients, including complete defense victories and multi-million dollar verdicts.  

Nancy is an active participant in Orrick’s pro bono and associate training programs.  She served on the Board of Directors of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the Bay Area from 2006 to 2016.

  • The following is a sample of Nancy's engagements:

    Complex Financial Litigation

    • Represented the former Chief Financial Officer of McKesson Corporation in an eight-week federal criminal securities fraud trial in the Northern District of California. Following a trial that involved complex accounting and financial issues relating to a restatement of McKesson's financial statements, the client was acquitted on all counts in the indictment. Nancy was responsible for all aspects of trial, including supervising a large team of associates and legal assistants, coordinating joint defense counsel, managing expert witnesses and examining witnesses at trial. She also represented the client in the parallel SEC action, federal securities class action and state civil actions.
    • Represented an international accounting and auditing firm against a foreign lender in an auditor and accountant malpractice claim involving complex issues of GAAP and GAAS.
    • Represented an internet technology company in a complex fraud, breach of contract and fiduciary duty dispute arising from an asset purchase agreement between principals of a wholly-owned subsidiary and the parent corporation and the officers and directors of the parent corporation. The case required analysis of complex financial accounting arrangements, including application of GAAP accounting and valuation of stock and purchased assets.

    Class Action and Commercial Litigation

    • Lead counsel representing Vendini, Inc., in defense of a nationwide class action asserting privacy claims arising from a 2013 data breach.
    • Obtained a dismissal with prejudice of class action claims relating to Google’s mobile subscription service AdWords.
    • Third-chair of trial team representing a Japanese corporation in seven-day bench trial before the International Trade Commission in Section 337 Investigation involving issues of patent infringement and validity.
    • Member of team that successfully prosecuted a three-week arbitration for a public company involving claims of breach of contract and an accounting from a former joint venture partner. The arbitrator dissolved the joint venture and awarded client all requested damages and attorneys’ fees.
    • Member of the trial team in an employment age discrimination and breach of contract case tried before federal court jury in Northern District of California.

    Insurance Coverage Disputes

    • Represent on-line event ticket service company in dispute with General Liability insurance carrier regarding coverage for claims arising from data breach event.
    • Counsel for numerous companies seeking to maximize insurance coverage for data breach and/or privacy events.
    • Second chaired arbitration on behalf of hospital system in dispute with an excess reinsurer regarding coverage of medical malpractice claims. Verdict in excess of $16 million.

     Governmental Investigations and Claims

    • Lead counsel for higher education technology company in connection with False Claims Act investigation by Department of Education and Department of Justice.
    • Defense of West Publishing Corporation against UCL claims relating to alleged negative option subscriptions asserted by the Contra Costa County District Attorney.
    • Representation of the former President of Countrywide Financial Corporation in connection with investigations by and litigation with the California Attorney General and the SEC.
    • Represented the former General Counsel of two publicly traded companies in SEC enforcements action alleging backdating of stock options.

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