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Ariel E. Harris

Associate

One Wells Fargo Center
301 South College Street
23rd Floor
Charlotte, NC 28202
ariel.harris@nelsonmullins.com

Ariel Harris focuses primarily on business litigation and complex commercial disputes. Ariel’s business litigation practice includes employment, financial services, and sports law matters. She represents clients in a variety of contract settings involving commercial contracts, business torts, and unfair business practices and methods of competition. Ms. Harris represents companies before the North Carolina Business Court...

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Ariel Harris focuses primarily on business litigation and complex commercial disputes. Ariel’s business litigation practice includes employment, financial services, and sports law matters. She represents clients in a variety of contract settings involving commercial contracts, business torts, and unfair business practices and methods of competition. Ms. Harris represents companies before the North Carolina Business Court and in both state and federal courts. She has experience before the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the Office of Administrative Hearings assisting clients affected by state agency actions. Having been a former professional athlete and NCAA D1 champion, Ariel brings a unique understanding to her sports law practice as well. 

and in both state and federal courts. She has experience before the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the Office of Administrative Hearings assisting clients affected by state agency actions. Having been a former professional athlete and NCAA D1 champion, Ariel brings a unique understanding to her sports law practice as well. 

Ariel Harris focuses primarily on business litigation and complex commercial disputes. Ariel’s business litigation practice includes employment, financial services, and sports law matters. She represents clients in a variety of contract settings involving commercial contracts, business torts, and unfair business practices and methods of competition. Ms. Harris represents companies before the North Carolina Business Court... and in both state and federal courts. She has experience before the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the Office of Administrative Hearings assisting clients affected by state agency actions. Having been a former professional athlete and NCAA D1 champion, Ariel brings a unique understanding to her sports law practice as well. 

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

Experience

  • Breaches of contract and related claims, such as tortious interference, fraud, and unfair and deceptive trade practices
  • Misappropriation of trade secrets, covenants not to compete, and related employment issues
  • Injunctive relief, including temporary restraining orders, and preliminary and permanent injunctions, for employers
  • Financial services and products, fair debt collection, and collections and deficiency
  • Compliance and administrative law navigation in response to state and federal agency actions 
  • Judicial Review Hearings pursuant to North Carolina General Statute Chapter 122C

Representative Matters

  • Foodbuy, LLC v. Gregory Packaging, Inc. (W.D.N.C.) Counsel for a group purchasing organization in bench trial seeking payment of allowances from suppliers and defense of counterclaims
  • Duke Energy Florida, Inc. v. Westinghouse Electric Company LLC (W .D.N.C.) Trial counsel in weeklong bench trial arising from utility's decision to terminate an engineering, procurement, and construction contract for a nuclear power plant
  • Confidential AAA Arbitration. Represented tax consultant in breach of contract action against large public utility regarding tax savings realized and fees owed. Case settled before final arbitration hearing

Previous Professional Experience

  • Judicial Extern, the Honorable Magistrate Judge William A. Webb, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (2012)
  • Summer Law Clerk, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Sports Career Experience

  • Served as academic team captain of the UNC Women’s Soccer Team
  • 2006 NCAA Division I National Champion
  • Played in the inaugural season of the Women’s Professional Soccer League for the Boston Breakers

Education

  • North Carolina Central University School of Law, JD, magna cum laude (2013)
    • Staff Editor, North Carolina Central Law Review
    • George H. White Bar Association Scholarship
    • Weaver-James Corrigan Atlantic Coast Conference Post-graduate Scholarship
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA, Biology (2008)
    • University of North Carolina Women’s Soccer (NCAA Division I National Championship team) (2006)

Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina

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  • 2015 Legal Aid of North Carolina - Pro Bono Honor Roll
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
    • Shadow Board Member, 2018 Treasurer-Elect
  • Selected for the 2017 North Carolina Bar Association's Leadership Academy
  • American Bar Association
    • Litigation Section, Woman Advocate Committee
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Antitrust and Complex Business Dispute Litigation Section
    • 2017 Leadership Academy
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
    • Shadow Board Member, 2018 Treasurer-Elect
  • DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar
  • Played for the United States Youth National soccer teams

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