Lee Stathis Haramis - Attorney at Law

50 North Laura Street
Suite 1100
Jacksonville, Florida 32202

P 904-598-9929
F 904-598-9109
D 904-632-8473

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Biography

Lee is a native and lifelong resident of Jacksonville who started his career as an assistant state attorney in the 4th Judicial Circuit of Florida. In his two-plus years with that office, he prosecuted a variety of significant criminal cases, including white collar crime and drug trafficking cases and handled numerous jury trials. Thereafter, Lee practiced with large local and national firms before joining GrayRobinson and opening the Jacksonville office in 2004. Lee has over 30 years of significant experience in a variety of complex litigation matters, including trial and appellate work. He has litigated matters in federal and state courts as well as in administrative, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution forums. These have included matters in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, California, North Carolina, Missouri and Arizona. Lee’s administrative experience includes matters before the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. He has also represented clients in federal and state appellate matters in courts throughout the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court, where he successfully brought a certiorari petition in a complex products liability matter. These matters have involved several reported decisions in multiple areas of the law, including federal discrimination claims, punitive damages, federal pre-emption issues, stockbroker liquidations, misrepresentation and fraud, environmental claims and state substantive and procedural law issues.

Lee is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and practices in the areas of litigation and appellate work, with an emphasis on complex commercial and tort litigation matters. These areas include bankruptcy, construction, copyright and intellectual property, employment, finance and lender liability, insurance defense and coverage, landlord-tenant, mortgage foreclosure, personal injury, products liability, professional liability, real property and title, securities, technology, transportation, and unfair competition and trade practices including antitrust.

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Background

Lee received his preparatory education at Jacksonville Episcopal High School, graduating in 1977. He obtained his bachelor’s in 1980 from the University of Florida in less than three years (in political science and history) and his juris doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1983. 

Education
  • University of Florida, B.A. (1980)
  • University of South Carolina College of Law, J.D. (1983)
Admissions
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, Court Annexed Arbitrator
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court 
Professional Associations & Memberships
  • The Florida Bar
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Awards & Recognitions
  • AV Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Daily Business Review, Top Rated Lawyer, Appellate Law, 2013 
  • American Jurisprudence Book Award recipient in law school for:
    • Constitutional Law I
    • Evidence
    • Legal and Equitable Remedies
Civic
  • Cummer Gallery of Art
  • St. Marks Episcopal Church
  • Jacksonville Historical Society
  • Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce
Reported Cases

Sample Cases Include:

  • McGurn v. Scott, 596 So. 2d 1042 (1992)
    • (State appellate jurisdiction, pre-judgment interest)
  • Papas v. Upjohn Company, 505 U.S. 1215 (1992) on remand 926 F.2d 1019 (11th Cir. 1993)
    • (Federal preemption, state law based tort claims)
  • Vance v. Southern Bell Tel. & Tel. Co., 983 F.2d 1573 (11th Cir. 1993)
    • (Federal employment discrimination claims, retroactivity)
  • In Re C.J. Wright Co., Inc., 162 B.R. 597 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 1993)
    • (Securities Investor Protection Corp. securities claims, Ponzi schemes)
  • Suddath Van Lines, Inc. v. Fla. Dept. of Envtl. Prot., 668 So. 2d (Fla. 1st DCA 1996)
    • (State law environmental, petroleum facility claims)
  • Hyman v. City of Gastonia, N.C., 466 F.3d 284 (4th Cir. 2006)
    • (Federal appellate jurisdiction)
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