Brett R. Harris: Lawyer with Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A.

Brett R. Harris

Woodbridge,  NJ  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Business Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Computer and Related Technology Law
  • Healthcare
  • Corporate Finance
  • Renewable Energy and Building Green
University Washington and Jefferson College, B.A., cum laude, 1988
Law SchoolNew York University School of Law, J.D., 1991
Admitted1991, New Jersey and United States District Court for the District of New Jersey; 1992, District of Columbia; 1992, New York

Professional Affiliates

•New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Business Law Section Board of Directors (2001-present); Vice Chair Communications (2005-present)
•NJSBA Internet & Computer Law Committee Chair (2003-2005; 2011-present)
•NJSBA Women in the Profession Section Board of Trustees (2011-present)
•NJSBA Intellectual Property Law Section and Privacy Committee
•American Bar Association (Business Law, Law Practice Management, Science & Technology Law and Center for Professional Responsibility)
•New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
•Middlesex County Bar Association
•Special Editor for New Jersey Lawyer (Magazine) Nonprofit Law issue published April 2010 and Internet Law issue published December 2008
•Contributing Author to Desk Reference Manual for Nonprofit & Social Service Organizations (Third Ed. 2013)
•Published in New Jersey Lawyer (Magazine), New Jersey Law Journal, New Jersey Family Lawyer, The Computer & Internet Lawyer
•Symposium Coordinator, Moderator and Speaker for New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and other legal education providers
•Association for Corporate Growth - New Jersey
•Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership
•Center for Non-Profits

BornLivingston, New Jersey, 1966

Brett R. Harris, a shareholder with Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A., has broad-based general corporate practice consisting 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 and Internet usage policies and addressing legal issues related to social media.

Area of Emphasis

General Corporate Counseling, Nonprofit & Charitable Organizations, Intellectual Property Protections, Technology Contracting and Software Licensing, Cybersecurity and Data Protection, Employment and Consulting Agreements, Shareholder Relationships and Limited Liability Company Operating Agreements, Mergers and Acquisitions, Restrictive Covenants and Confidentiality Agreements

Lawyer Publications:
•A Formal Business Plan Combined with Expert Advice Helps Nonprofits Thrive
•All Great Businesses Begin with a Good Idea
•Clearing the Way for Marks: Due Diligence Searches Are Critical In Advising Clients On The Selection And Prosecution Of Trademarks
•Desk Reference Manual for Nonprofit and Social Service Organizations - Third Edition (2013)
•Embrace Technology Intelligently
•Internet Update - Milestone Changes to the Domain Name System Underway
•Legal Due Diligence Checklist For Cyber Preparedness of Small Businesses and Non-Profit Organizations
•Nonprofit Best Practices (Commerce Magazine - Dec. 2014)
•Nonprofits Need Strong Fiscal and Financial Policies and Procedures
•Piercing the Registrant's Veil


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Brett R. Harris

90 Woodbridge Center Drive, Suite 900, Box 10
WoodbridgeNJ 07095


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