Charlie J. Harris, Jr.

Charlie J. Harris, Jr.


Seyferth Blumenthal & Harris LLC

Recognized since 2016

Kansas City, Missouri

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management

Litigation - Labor and Employment

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After receiving his undergraduate degree, Charlie held various positions in management and human resources in the corporate world before attending the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law. Upon completing his law degree, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr., United States District Court Judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

On March 1, 2008 Charlie joined the law firm formerly known as Seyferth Knittig & Blumenthal LLC and the firm changed its name to Seyferth Blumenthal & Harris LLC.

Charlie has a national practice representing corporations, not for profit agencies, corporate officers and directors, and municipalities against claims of disability, race, gender, sex and age discrimination, sexual harassment, and wage and hour and collective actions. Charlie also defends corporate clients in various commercial litigation including, but not limited to, products liability, business litigation, and commercial litigation. Charlie is known for his dynamic trial advocacy skills and his ability to craft solutions to difficult business related problems. Charlie has also successfully negotiated many employment and severance agreements for high-profile corporate directors and officers, athletic coaches, public officials, and executives.

Charlie was the first African-American elected to serve as the President of the Missouri Bar and has been asked to serve as special master for discovery issues in complex commercial and business litigation by judges on the state and federal benches. Charlie also serves as an arbitrator for AAA and has been chosen by both plaintiffs and defendants to serve as a mediator in complex litigation.

Contact & Links

Location

  • 4801 Main Street, Suite 310
    Kansas City, MO 64112

Education

  • University of Missouri - Kansas City, J.D., graduated 1995

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1995
  • Kansas, 1996
  • Illinois, 2015

Affiliations

  • ABA House of Delegates - Former Member
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Jackson County Bar - Member
  • Kansas Bar - Member
  • Missouri Bar - Member, Past President
  • Mound City Bar - Member

Court Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2018
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 2014
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2017
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, 1995
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, 1995
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, 1996
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2015
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, 2015

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Employment Law - Management
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment

Awards:

  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Missouri Lawyer of the Year
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2008-present
  • Chambers USA, Labor & Employment (Missouri)
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law Pat Kelley Distinguished Alumni Award
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • NAACP Diversity Advocate in Law Award
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, The Power 30 — Employment Law, 2020-2021
  • Kansas City Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2018-2019
  • Benchmark Litigation Labor & Employment Star, 2019-present
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Diversity & Inclusion Award, 2019
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Legal Champion, 2019

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