Dale R. Harris

Dale R. Harris

Senior Of Counsel

P: 303.892.7330

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Patricia Henson

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Admitted In

  • Colorado

Building on a long career handling complex commercial litigation, trials, and appeals, Dale Harris now concentrates on arbitrating and mediating commercial disputes as a member of the American Arbitration Association’s national panels of arbitrators and mediators, and through private referrals. He also provides expert witness testimony in matters involving requests for recovery of attorney fees. 

Dale has been the sole arbitrator, a panel member or panel chair in approximately 40 commercial arbitrations involving such diverse claims as breach of contract, securities law, fraud, franchise disputes, dealer terminations, antitrust, business torts, shareholder and management disputes, employment disputes, and other business and commercial issues. The cases have involved a wide variety of industries, including medical instruments, renal care, automobile dealerships, art collections, oil and gas, coal mining, satellite television, fast food, luxury resorts, shopping malls, and investments. He has mediated approximately 15 commercial disputes involving similar industries and claims as well as a conflict between the leadership of a national non-profit professional association and its separately incorporated foundation. He has presented American Arbitration Association seminar programs on arbitration and mediation topics. 

A former managing partner of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, Mr. Harris has held leadership positions in several legal organizations. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and past president of both the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations. He has been the Colorado state chair of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, Colorado state membership chair of the United States Supreme Court Historical Society, president of the Law Club, and president of the Colorado Association of Corporate Counsel. He has been a member of the board of directors or in other leadership positions with the Legal Aid Foundation, Colorado Judicial Institute, Colorado Trust Account Foundation, and Colorado and Denver Bar Associations. He has been a member of the Colorado Chief Justice’s Commission on the Legal Profession as well as the Colorado Supreme Court Judicial Advisory Council, and is a Fellow of the Colorado Bar Foundation and member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates. 

In the Denver community, Dale has been the chairman of the boards of directors of the Mile High United Way, Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, QuaLife Wellness Community, and Great West Region of the Arthritis Foundation. He is a member of the Denver Rotary Club, Colorado Forum, and a past member of the executive committee of the Two Percent Club. 

He received the Award of Merit from both the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, their highest award for service to the legal profession, and the Law Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also the recipient of the Williams Award and the Ruth Vincent Cunningham award, both presented by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation for outstanding community service. He has been included for many years in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in the West and Who’s Who in American Law, as well as The Best Lawyers in America®, Chambers USA and Colorado Super Lawyers. In 2010 and 2013, The Best Lawyers in America® named him Denver Antitrust Lawyer of the Year. He also has been named a Litigation Star in Benchmark Litigation.

In addition to Colorado state courts, Mr. Harris is admitted in the U.S. Supreme Court, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.


Harvard University, LL.B., 1962
University of Colorado, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1959

August 2012

45 DGS Attorneys Named Best Lawyers®

Forty-five DGS attorneys were named Best Lawyers® by publisher Woodward/White, Inc. in its annual guide recognizing legal excellence.

September 2011

Benchmark Litigation Names DGS Local Litigation Leader

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP attorneys Michael J. Gallagher and Dale R. Harris have been named “2012 Local Litigation Stars” in the state of Colorado by Benchmark Litigation.  In addition, Kenzo Kawanabe has been ranked a “Future 2012 Local Litigation Star.”  Published by Legal Media Group annually, Benchmark Litigation is a guide that ranks leading litigation firms and individual lawyers by jurisdiction based on interviews conducted with both in-house and outside counsel.


Twenty DGS Lawyers Designated Super Lawyers in New Business Edition

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP announces that 20 lawyers have been designated "Super Lawyers" in the new Super Lawyers Business Edition published by Thomson Reuters.  The publication will be sent in September to more than 40,000 in-house counsel, presidents, and CEOs of Fortune 1000 companies. 


August 2011

Davis Graham & Stubbs Attorneys Named Best Lawyers®

Thirty-eight DGS attorneys, including nearly half of the firm’s partners, were named Best Lawyers® by publisher Woodward/White, Inc. in its annual guide to legal excellence.  The 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America is based on a peer-review survey in which more than 39,000 leading attorneys comment on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas.  Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers® “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”


November 2010

Four DGS Attorneys Named 'Lawyers of the Year'

Four Davis Graham & Stubbs attorneys have been named “Denver Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers, with regional results drawn from more than 3.1 million evaluations nationwide.  Best Lawyers names a single Lawyer of the Year for each specialty in each city or region. The lawyers honored received particularly high ratings in Best Lawyers’ surveys, indicating a very high level of respect among peers for their abilities, integrity and professionalism.


August 2010

Davis Graham & Stubbs Attorneys Top “Best Lawyers” List in Colorado

The newly announced, 2011 edition of the Best Lawyers in America ranks Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP first in Colorado-based law practices for corporate governance and compliance law, environmental law, mergers and acquisitions law, natural resources law, oil and gas law and securities law. This year Best Lawyers recognizes 36 DGS attorneys, including 13 who have been named to the list for at least 10 years. Nearly half (46 percent) of DGS partners are recognized in the definitive guide to legal excellence, in addition to several attorneys of counsel to the firm. Best Lawyers is a peer-review survey of more than 39,000 in-house counsels and private practice attorneys.


August 2009

Harris to Lead Arthritis Foundation Board in the Rockies

On August 18, 2009, Dale Harris, Senior Of Counsel to the firm, was elected to serve the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation as chairman of its board of directors.  Harris, a member of the organization’s board for five years, was elected to a two-year term. 


June 2009

Chambers USA Reaffirms High Marks for Davis Graham & Stubbs Environmental Law and Corporate Practices

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP has been recognized again in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the areas of Environmental, Corporate/M&A, Labor & Employment and Commercial Litigation.


April 2009

Dale Harris of DGS Appointed to Bipartisan Judicial Selection Advisory Panel

Dale Harris of DGS was appointed by Colorado Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet to a ten-member bipartisan advisory panel that will implement an open process to recommend highly qualified applicants to fill two vacancies on the United States District Court in Colorado.


October 2008

Davis Graham & Stubbs tops "Best Lawyer" list in Colorado

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, with 31 attorneys practicing in 30 fields, ranks first in Colorado in the 2009 edition of Best Lawyers in America for the practice areas of corporate and securities law and commercial litigation as well as energy, environmental, natural resources and oil and gas law. The number of DGS lawyers recognized in the definitive guide to legal excellence increased by two, and includes nearly half of the firm’s partners. 


September 2007

Davis Graham & Stubbs Tops "Best Lawyers" List in Colorado

Davis Graham & Stubbs – with 29 attorneys practicing in 30 fields – ranks first in Colorado-based attorneys listed in the 2008 edition of Best Lawyers in America for the practice areas of commercial litigation, natural resources, environmental law and corporate governance and compliance law. The number of DGS lawyers recognized in the definitive guide to legal excellence increased by three, and includes half of the firm’s partners. The book, targeted for in-house counsel, is to be published in December 2007.


June 2007

Chambers USA Rankings Highlight Davis Graham & Stubbs Strengths In Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law

Davis Graham & Stubbs ranked in the top tier of Colorado business law firms in the fields of Commercial Litigation and Environmental Law in the just-released 2007 edition of Chambers USA:  America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.  DGS was also recognized in the fields of corporate mergers and acquisitions, labor and employment, and real estate. 


September 2006

Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 26 Davis Graham & Stubbs Attorneys

Twenty-six Davis Graham & Stubbs attorneys practicing in 28 fields will be recognized in the 2007 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. The number of DGS lawyers recognized in the definitive guide to legal excellence increased by five this year, and represents more than 40% of DGS partners overall. DGS ranks first in the number of Colorado-based attorneys listed by the 2007 edition of Best Lawyers in the Commercial Litigation, Natural Resources, Environmental Law, Securities Law and Corporate Governance and Compliance Law practice areas.


June 2006

Donald S. Stubbs

The Colorado Lawyer

Honest. Kind. Fair. Generous. Selfless. Gracious. Compassionate. A gentle man. A good man. These words quickly come to mind when I think of Don Stubbs. Don was my mentor, partner, and friend for more than thirty years; but if you were to ask anyone who knew him-and who do not suffer my obvious bias-I dare say few, if any, would not agree that these words describe this extraordinary man. They also would tell you that he was a superb lawyer who practiced law with exceptional skills, wisdom, judgment, integrity, respect, and plain old common sense.


April 2006

13 Davis Graham & Stubbs Attorneys Named Super Lawyers

Thirteen lawyers at Davis Graham & Stubbs law firm have been named Super Lawyers by their peers in Colorado. Law & Politics magazine polled active Colorado lawyers for nominations to identify the best attorneys in more than 55 practice areas based on peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers involves an attorney-led research process for a diverse listing of the top lawyers from private practice, in-house counsel and the public sector in different geographic locations. Only 5 percent of the lawyers in each region are listed in Colorado Super Lawyers, co-published by Law & Politics and 5280 magazine.


November 2004

Spring was a season of victories for the DGS Labor & Employment group

On April 5th, Janet Savage, Andy Low and Dale Harris won a major victory in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. In Heno v. Sprint/United Management Co., the Tenth Circuit reversed a jury verdict for the plaintiff in a race discrimination case.


June 2001

CBA President's Message to Members - Thank You

The Colorado Lawyer

It hardly seems possible that this year has come and gone so quickly. But the calendar doesn't lie, and this is my final column before passing the gavel to Laird Milburn on July 1.


May 2001

CBA President's Message to Members - Heroes

The Colorado Lawyer

Baseball season opened this week. Why does a new season of baseball–perhaps more than any other sport–inspire soaring spirits and fresh optimism? Each April, even the Cubs belive this will be their year. And one day it will be. Maybe we feel renewed just because it's spring and the cold greyness is behind us for a while. Maybe it's just a historical thing–after all, this is the national pastime. Maybe it's because hotdogs and beer taste better at the ballpark.


April 2001

CBA President's Message to Members - Commencement Address

The Colorado Lawyer

In December 2000, I had the privilege of giving the following commencement address to the mid-winter graduating class at the University of Denver College of Law.


March 2001

CBA President's Message to Members: Stay Tuned

The Colorado Lawyer

Loudly proclaiming that "this profession is not for sale!" the anti-MDP (multidisciplinary practice) forces resoundingly defeated efforts to keep the MDP discussion alive at the American Bar Association meeting in July 2000 in New York. Instead, the House of Delegates decided that lawyers should not be allowed to share fees and engage in partnerships with other professionals, called for more enforcement of laws against the unauthorized practice of law, and summarily discharged its own MDP Commission.


February 2001

CBA President's Message to Members: Lawyers of the Year

The Colorado Lawyer

At the end of last year, The National Law Journal made its annual "Lawyers of the Year" awards1. It would be hard to argue that the winners - the lawyers for the Gore and Bush election teams - were undeserving. Their outstanding work on issues of enormous consequence, under the most extreme time pressures and stressful conditions, reminds us once again that lawyers and courts are the linchpins of a free society.

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January 2001

CBA President's Message to Members: Three Chilling Words

The Colorado Lawyer

These three words strike fear in millions of hearts every year. I heard them on March 15, 1999. I was in New York City interviewing witnesses when the message came to call my doctor. I had recently had a biopsy, but wasn't particularly worried. After all, two doctors had looked at pre-biopsy tests and felt sure there was nothing to worry about. "Let's just do the biopsy to be absolutely certain."


2000 Amendments to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act

The recent amendments to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act of 1976 (the "HSR Act"), which will take effect on February 1, 2001, promise to have a significant impact on the business and legal community by raising the threshold for the value of transactions that must be reported from $15 million to $50 million and requiring companies involved in larger deals to pay higher filing fees.


December 2000

Colorado Bar Association President's Message to Members: A Gift of Life

The Colorado Lawyer

As far as I know, I never met Helen Jane Warren Fair. I learned everything I know about her by reading a story in the inside section of The Denver Post after she died of cancer a few months ago. I was touched by the story, and I thought you might be too, especially during this holiday season. Hers is a story about a gift – a gift of life. Her life was a gift to others.


November 2000

Colorado Bar Association President's Message to Members: Where Are We Headed?

The Colorado Lawyer

I believe that 90% of white-collar jobs in the US. will be either destroyed or altered beyond recognition in the next 10 to 15 years. - Tom Peters



October 2000

Colorado Bar Association President's Message to Members: What Do Lawyers Leave Behind?

The Colorado Lawyer

As we address the very serious challenges facing our profession, we must not forget the enormous contributions lawyers have made and still make in our society. I recently came across an outline of some thoughtful remarks on that subject delivered by then United States District Judge Jim Carrigan to the CBA convention in 1986. Judge Carrigan eloquently spoke about the importance of our profession, and I thought I would share a few of his thoughts and some of my own with you. 


September 2000

Colorado Bar Association President's Message to Members: Do Lawyers Lie?

The Colorado Lawyer

Outside the New York hotel, a man carried a billboard reading "Stop the Lawyer Disease." Just the day before, USA Today had hit the newsstands with two letters to the editor commenting on the Arkansas Supreme Court’s move to disbar President Clinton. One letter minced no words: "In practice, lawyers, judges and prosecutors are some of the most dishonest, deceptive and unethical people I’ve ever met." The other was less vitriolic but no less direct: "Clinton’s conduct has been just about what we have come to expect from attorneys ... In an adversarial system, lawyers do whatever they have to do because winning is the only thing that counts ... [he] was only doing a lawyer’s job: trying to protect himself and win." Lawyers rarely have been objects of public affection, but that billboard and those letters were troubling reminders of a hardened attitude shared by far too many people today. 


August 2000

Colorado Bar Association President's Message to Members Opening Statement

The Colorado Lawyer

In an opening statement, we tell the court and jury what to expect during the trial. We review the evidence and focus on what's really important to our case. We give them our theme for the case and explain why they should decide the case in our favor.


October 1999

Family Violence: A Legal Perspective

The Colorado Lawyer

This issue of The Colorado Lawyer focuses on one of society's most troubling problems - the epidemic of family violence. The issue has been planned and coordinated by the Colorado Bar Association's Family Violence Program, established by the CBA Board of Governors in May 1997. One of the program's most important objectives is to provide educational information to lawyers. We believe the articles in this theme issue will help lawyers become better informed and more aware of this complex problem.


July 1998

Five of the Greatest: Richard M. Davis

The Colorado Lawyer

In 1938, the executive assistant to William O. Douglas, then chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, was pondering who to join in the practice of law in Denver when he completed his year with Douglas. In 1947, the law clerk to Chief Justice Vinson of the U.S. Supreme Court was trying to figure out whom he should connect himself with when he returned to his home state of Colorado to practice law.


June 1998

It's a Matter of Principle: Defending Attacks on Corporate Integrity

The international price of oil has been rising for months. Gasoline, airline fuel and other vital products cost more, in turn pushing up prices on all sorts of consumer goods and services. Public policy makers around the world are concerned. So are antitrust officials. Congress has scheduled hearings because of the foreign policy implications. The Department of Justice convenes a grand jury to investigate possible criminal price-fixing activities.


July 1997

The CBA Addresses Family Violence Issues

The Colorado Lawyer

The Colorado Bar Association has made an important and significant commitment to develop a comprehensive program to fight family violence in Colorado. At its May 17,1997, meeting, the Board of Governors enthusiastically approved a four-part recommendation contained in the official report of the CBA Task Force on Family Violence.


May 1997

The CBA Task Force on Family Violence: An Interim Report

The Colorado Lawyer

In his president's message for September 1996, Miles Cortez referred to the epidemic of family violence in the United States as a "threat to the very fabric of our society." Recognizing that all of us "need to serve in the effort to restore peace to our homes and our neighborhoods," Miles spoke of his determination to commit Colorado Bar Association ("CBA") talents, energies, and other resources to the battle against family violence. To that end, he announced the formation of a Task Force on Family Violence. It has been my privilege to serve as chair of the Task Force.