Gordon (Gord) Harris grew up in Waterloo, where he attended Wilfrid Laurier University, earning his Bachelor of Arts (Honours). He went on to earn his Bachelor of Laws and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Alberta, in Edmonton. He was called to the Alberta bar in 1998. Gord worked in Alberta for almost seven years in a litigation practice with a focus on personal injury and aboriginal litigation.
While attending the University of Alberta, Gord worked for Student Legal Services of Edmonton (SLS). At that time, SLS was the largest law-student run legal-aid (poverty law) clinic in Canada. Through SLS, he was able to assist people with criminal matters, small claims court, family law, and various administrative tribunal proceedings, where those he assisted could not have afforded a lawyer, nor qualified for legal aid.
Gord thoroughly enjoys the litigation process, specifically helping the ‘little guy against the world’ aspect of his work. It was only natural to carry on in personal injury law, helping people from all walks of life deal with their claims against insurance companies or other corporate defendants. Gord is dedicated to helping address issues and problems of those who have been injured, or denied benefits from their insurer. He takes satisfaction in knowing that he has helped someone find an acceptable resolution during such a difficult period in their life. Simply put, in Gord’s own words, “I get satisfaction from helping real people with their problems, not corporations.” He tirelessly prosecutes chronic pain cases, and enjoys making sure that accident benefits insurers follow the rules.
Gord joined the firm in 2004, became a partner in 2006, and spearheaded the Kitchener-Waterloo office expansion in 2007. In 2009, when the Kitchener-Waterloo office became operational on a full time basis, he relocated with his family to Kitchener. In addition to the primary office of Graves Richard Harris LLP in St. Catharines, the Kitchener-Waterloo office offers clients another location for representation by our team of experienced and skilled lawyers.
Gord is a member of the Waterloo Law Association, Lincoln County Law Association, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, and the Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association, Kitchener-Waterloo Branch.