Born in Brooklyn New York and raised in New Jersey, Darlene E. Harris, Esq is a criminal defense attorney with a passion for advocacy. While growing up, Darlene demonstrated an extreme interest in the practice of law and criminal justice. At age 6, the details of the O.J. Simpson murder trial made a lifelong impression. Her interest in the criminal justice system grew significantly over time as she witnessed how it affected various families in her childhood communities.
Darlene moved to Charlotte, North Carolina to attend college at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in English. During her time there Darlene was a member of the Student Government Association – Judicial Branch. Darlene later graduated from North Carolina Central University School of Law. While a student at NCCU School of Law, Darlene became an editor on the Law Review and worked in the family law clinic. In addition to studying, Darlene represented clients, who could not afford legal representation in family court.
Shortly after graduating law school Darlene worked as General Legal Counsel for a mid-size company in Charlotte. During her time there, Darlene negotiated contracts worth up to 1 million dollars. Fueled by her desire to empower her community and those around her, attorney Harris left the company and founded her law practice. She realized that there was a deep mistrust for attorney’s in her community and wanted to change that poor perception. The decision to practice criminal law reflected her passion for advocacy and defense work since she was a child. Attorney Darlene Harris understands that as a defense attorney, she is the only advocate for her client and she honors that responsibility.
As an active member of the Charlotte community, attorney Darlene Harris has been a guest speaker at, Shamrock Elementary School, Girl Scouts Of America, and the “Know Your Rights” campaign. Darlene has also been a guest lecturer at her Alma Mater and a guest panelist on various community panels. Attorney Harris is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and a member of the Mecklenburg Bar Association.
While managing her practice, Darlene began to work as an Of Counsel attorney in the criminal department at the law firm of Ken Harris and Associates where she consulted with the firm on criminal matters. In October of 2017, attorney Darlene Harris officially joined the legal team at Ken Harris and Associates where she currently works in the criminal law, workers compensation, business law, and entertainment law department.
Born under a wandering star, Darlene has visited four of the seven continents; Africa, Asia, South America and Europe. With only three more to go Darlene’s world travels have just begun! She’s also a self-proclaimed foodie and enjoys hot yoga, cooking, and autobiographies.