Darlene E. Harris, Esq is a criminal defense and business attorney with a passion for advocacy. While growing up in Brooklyn, NY, Darlene demonstrated an interest in the practice of business law and criminal justice. The details of the O.J. Simpson murder trial made a lifelong impression and her interest in the criminal justice system grew significantly over time as she witnessed how it affected families in her community. With all of her parents working as entrepreneurs at some point, she developed a strong
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 of more than one million dollars. Fueled by her desire to empower her community and those around her, attorney Harris left her in counsel role. Darlene continued to practice business law but also began to practice criminal law.
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. Attorney Harris has appeared on NPR and Sirus XM radio as a guest legal commentator. Attorney Harris has also been a guest lecturer at her Alma Mater and a guest panelist on various community panels. She has had articles published on TheRoot.com, TruthOut.org, AmderstamNews, The Charleston Chronicle and Louisiana Weekly discussing the legal issues surrounding the criminal justice system.
Attorney Harris is recognized as a Top 40 under 40 Criminal Defense Trial Attorney by the National Trial Lawyers Association. She is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and a member of the Mecklenburg Bar Association. Attorney Harris is also a board member of the Charlotte Women’s Bar.
Born under a wandering star, Darlene has visited four of the seven continents; Africa, Asia, South America, and Europe. With only two more to go Darlene’s world travels have just begun! She’s also a self-proclaimed foodie and enjoys hot yoga, and reading autobiographies.