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Brett R. Harris, a business, nonprofit and technology attorney, is a shareholder in the Corporate group at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. Her broad-based general corporate practice consists of both transactional matters and day-to-day client counseling on everyday business matters. She has extensive transactional experience in stock and asset acquisitions representing both buyers and sellers. She has many years of experience in document drafting and negotiation, regulatory compliance matters and policy development for a full range of clients, including publicly-traded companies, closely-held businesses, health care practices, charitable organizations, governmental entities and individual business executives.

Ms. Harris has a particular focus on counseling non-profit organizations including entity formation, establishing and maintaining tax exempt status and complying with fundraising regulations. She counsels Boards on policy matters, mission statement development and strategic planning. In addition, she advises clients on structuring and operating family foundations, including grantmaking due diligence and administration of grant agreements.

Her intellectual property practice consists of trademark screening, trademark and copyright registrations, IP licensing matters, trade secret protections, issuing and responding to cease and desist letters and interfacing with the firm’s commercial litigation team on infringement matters.

Ms. Harris has developed a practice with an emphasis on technology issues. She represents software developers, online businesses and consulting firms. Ms. Harris also advises general business clients and non-profits in addressing technology concerns, including privacy, licensing, e-discovery, development of online policies and website disclaimers, e-commerce, domain name management, establishment of employee e-mail, Internet usage and BYOD policies and addressing legal issues related to social media.

Ms. Harris lectures regularly and tweets @BrettHarrisEsq on business and nonprofit matters, technology law and issues of interest to professional women.

Ms. Harris earned her law degree at New York University School of Law in 1991 and earned her undergraduate degree at Washington & Jefferson College in 1988.

Full bio: https://www.wilentz.com/attorneys/brett-r-harris.

Professional Memberships

New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, General Counsel

NJSBA Business Law Section, Board of Directors, Chair

NJSBA Women in the Profession Section, Board of Trustees

NJSBA Internet and Computer Law Committee, Past Chair

American Bar Association

Middlesex County Bar Association

Center for Non-Profits, Legal Working Group

Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, Non-Profit Forum Steering Committee

Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, Technology for Business Forum Steering Committee Association for Corporate Growth-NJ, Women of Leadership Committee

Association of Fundraising Professionals, NJ Chapter

Awards

IOLTA Board of Trustees

New Jersey Supreme Court

2020

Top 25 Leading Women

Leading Women Entrepreneurs & Business Owners

2019

Working Group on Ethical Issues Involving Metadata

New Jersey Supreme Court

2015

Commerce Magazine Best Practices Award

Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey

2014

Best Fifty Women in Business

NJBIZ

2012

The Founder’s Award - Plainfield Project

“I Have a Dream” Foundation

2011

Women and Minorities in the Legal Profession

New Jersey Law Journal

2005

Forty under Forty

New Jersey Law Journal

2002