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Ariel E. Harris

Ariel E. Harris


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Ariel Harris is a member of Smith Moore Leatherwood’s Litigation Practice Group. Ariel’s practice focuses primarily on complex commercial disputes, business litigation, and employment litigation. She represents clients in a variety of contract settings involving commercial contracts, business torts, insurance coverage, and unfair business practices and methods of competition. She also has experience in securing and defending against temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions in order to protect employers’ business strategies.

Ariel represents companies before the North Carolina Business Court, and in both State and Federal courts. She has experience before the North Carolina Court of Appeals, as well as experience before the Office of Administrative Hearings in a variety of contested cases for clients affected by state agency actions.

Complementing her litigation practice, Ariel is a member of the firm’s “Benefit Corporations (B Corps) & Other Socially Responsible Companies Team.” The B Team focuses on exploring and serving the legal needs of aspiring or existing “benefit” or “B Corp” companies — for-profit businesses that seek to better the world through identified social missions and by focusing on sustainability and TPL/3BL (the “triple bottom line” pillars of profits, people, and planet).

Prior to joining the firm, Ariel won a NCAA Division I National Championship in 2006 as a member of the University of North Carolina Women’s Soccer Team. She also played for the United States Youth National teams, as well as professionally for the Boston Breakers.

Ariel then earned her law degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2013. As a recipient of the 2012 Environmental Protection Agency Fellowship, Ariel served under Acting Principal Associate General Counsel, Kevin Minoli, as a summer clerk.

Trial Team
  • Legal Aid of North Carolina’s 2015 Pro Bono Honor Roll


  • Summer Clerk, United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • Judicial Extern, The Honorable Magistrate Judge William A. Webb, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, 2012
  • Guardian ad Litem
  • North Carolina Central University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2013
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., Biology, 2008
  • North Carolina, 2013
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina, 2014
  • United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina, 2014
  • United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina, 2014
  • American Bar Association (Litigation Section)
  • North Carolina Bar Association (Antitrust and Complex Business Dispute Litigation Section)
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Academic Honors
  • Graduated law school with high honors
  • Staff Editor, North Carolina Central Law Review
  • George H. White Bar Association Scholarship
  • Weaver-James Corrigan Atlantic Coast Conference Post-graduate Scholarship

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