David G. Harris II, a partner in the firm's Global Insurance Services, Cybersecurity and Data Privacy, Product Liability, Food and Beverage, and OSHA and Worksite Safety Practice Groups, focuses his practice on the defense and counsel of insurance carriers in matters involving the interpretation of insurance policies, evaluation of coverage claims, and defense of bad faith and extra-contractual claims. As an insurance coverage litigator, David represents insurers in declaratory judgment actions seeking coverage and allocation determinations, and defends them against a variety of first-party claims, including bad faith and unfair trade practice claims.

David defends clients against property damage disputes involving matters such as fire, theft, and coverage issues arising out of catastrophic events. His practice also includes representing insurers and their insureds in complex liability matters, including construction defect actions arising out of large multi-family construction projects, catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death claims, defective product actions, and professional negligence claims.

An authority on emerging legal issues in the insurance industry, David has written numerous articles with the American Law Institute’s "Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance" project, and draws on this knowledge to counsel clients on a wide range of complex and pressing matters, as well as to advise carriers on innovative strategies to help clients achieve desired results.

Prior to entering private practice, David served as a law clerk at the North Carolina General Assembly.

Honors
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Insurance Coverage, 2014–18
Professional Affiliations and Training
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association 
  • Department of Labor OSHA-10 Construction Training
Admitted to Practice
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Community Involvement
  • Youth Soccer Coach, Jamestown Youth League
Education
  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2006, with honors
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.S., 2001, with honors
Presentations/Publications
  • Co-Author, "ALI Restatement Brings Change and Uncertainty for Carriers," Carrier Management, September 12, 2018
  • Presenter, "Privacy and Data Security — Is There Coverage for That?” North Carolina Bar Association, January 2018
  • Presenter, "The ALI’s Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance and the Impact of the Restatement on the North Carolina Insurance Law Practitioner," North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys Winter Conference, Durham, NC, January 27, 2017