Last Wednesday I had the opportunity to meet with Robert Harris, managing partner at Harris, Guidi, Rosner P.A. Mr. Harris opened the firm in 1986 with two colleagues who had also been state’s attorney along side Mr. Harris who’d worked as a state’s attorney for three years prior. The firm specializes in five areas which include criminal law, family law, workers compensation law, social security cases, and they also handle many commercial real estate cases.
Mr. Harris told me that the two story San Marco building in which the firm resides in was in fact a design created off of his very own blueprints and that he’d purchased the land many year ago from Florida East Coast Railway.
While Harris, Guidi, Rosner P.A. specializes in many areas Mr. Harris told me that the majority of his own legal work in the last twenty years has been spent in personal injury representation and criminal defense cases. He told me that the firm stays very busy throughout the year but typically sees an uptick in criminal defense cases around the holiday season due to the increase of DUIs associated with that time of year. Mr. Harris told me that one of the most difficult type of cases are the personal injury cases where there has been loss of life or permanent physical and emotional damage done to his clients.These are difficult because of the nature of these sorts of cases occurring in such a life-altering and unpredictable manner.
The firm represents about 1,800 clients annually and most of them are from Duval, Nassau, Clay, and St. Johns County. And even though they assist so many clients on an annual basis they strive to provide a personal legal relationship with it’s clients where 90% of the contact is directly with the representing attorney. He added that most of the firm’s cases will have two attorneys assigned to handle the case in a timely and efficient manner. Harris, Guidi, Rosner P.A. employs fifteen full-time staff to keep the operation running smoothly.
Harris, Guidi, Rosner P.A. stays involved in the Jacksonville community by contributing it’s time in pro bono cases with the Jacksonville Area Legal Aid firm. In addition the firm stays involved with the Jacksonville Bar Association and with Memorial Hospital where Mr. Harris sits on the hospital’s board. While the firm isn’t seeking to expand to additional locations, it is seeking to expand the number of lawyers that can assist in it’s clients legal needs. Harris, Guidi, Rosner P.A. is also locally famous for throwing a great holiday party the first Thursday of December, which has been a firm tradition for the last thirty years. The party typically has 1,200 to 1,500 guests attend who are family, friends, and attorneys from other firms .
Mr. Harris’s roots run deep in the Jacksonville community, his grandfather had started the Daylight grocery store 80 years ago in Jacksonville. And while his parents weren’t involved in the legal field most of Mr. Harris’s children have followed in their dad’s footsteps. When Mr. Harris isn’t busy assisting clients with their legal needs he enjoys spending time with his five kids and every morning his family enjoys a break feast together. Mr. Harris is a Gator’s fan as he attended the University of Florida for his undergraduate studies and he remains involved with the University’s law school. He also enjoys watching golf, playing tennis, and occasionally attends Jaguars games.
For more information on the firm’s services visit them online at www.harrisguidi.com.
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Written and published for BUZZ Magazine, April 2016.