“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”Leonardo da Vinci
Drew Harris is an employment trial lawyer for the State of Texas, with an 8-1 jury trial win record. He is the Manager of Employment Litigation in the General Litigation Division at the Texas Attorney General’s Office. Drew is Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law, but also has extensive prior experience in intellectual property law, constitutional and civil rights law, and commercial litigation.
Drew has obtained favorable defense trial verdicts on behalf of UT-Austin, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas Southern University, Prairie View A&M University, and other state universities. His practice also involves representing state agencies and officials in employment and civil rights litigation, including enforcement actions by the federal Department of Labor or the Department of Justice. Drew also advises Texas agencies in pre-termination and pre-litigation employment matters to avoid lawsuits. He has extensive experience as an appellate lawyer, with a 16-1 record on appeal as the primary brief writer.
Drew graduated from Plan II Honors program at the University of Texas in 1999, and received his law degree from Stanford Law School in 2003, where he also served as an Articles Editor for the Stanford Law Review. He clerked for the Manhattan federal district judge John G. Koeltl in the Southern District of New York. Drew worked for two years in New York City as a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, where he litigated complex MDL securities class action cases. He also worked as a litigation and IP associate in Austin at Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody.
After working at large law firms, Drew entered public service at the Texas Attorney General’s Office in 2010, and has enjoyed trying cases there ever since. Drew is also a frequent CLE presenter, having spoken on legal ethics, trial presentation, and employment law issues at state and local conferences. Drew is very active in the Austin legal community—having served as President of the Austin Asian American Bar Association, Secretary of the Austin Young Lawyers Association, and a Barrister in both the Barbara Jordan Inn of Court and the Yeakel Intellectual Property Inn of Court, and performing in the Bar & Grill all-attorney musicals. He is admitted to practice law in both Texas and New York.