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Charmaine Harris
Charmaine Harris

Up & Coming: Charmaine Harris

Charmaine Harris is a second-career attorney whose training and experience as a mechanical engineer dovetail into her practice in the areas of medical-device, products-liability defense and other complex litigation.

At Blackwell Burke P.A., she is a lead associate for a Fortune 500 company defending product-liability and premises-liability claims arising in state and federal courts nationwide.

“This in itself is an unusual level of responsibility for a young attorney and a testament to Charmaine’s consistently great work product, solid writing ability, and thoroughness,” says colleague Spiwe Jefferson. “Her issue-spotting skills are outstanding, she is passionate about our clients and results, and inspires trust with her dependability.”

Harris also is on the science team for her firm, which is defending a client in a multidistrict litigation case involving the Bair Hugger patient warming device used during surgeries.

Before she started practicing law in 2012, Harris was a senior medical design engineer at Medtronic designing, testing and improving spinal cord stimulation devices. She is named an inventor on five patents for these devices.

Harris got her law degree at William Mitchell College of Law. She is on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers

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