Malcolm Harris is one of Austin’s most distinguished attorneys, with extensive expertise and accomplishments in business litigation, real estate litigation, construction litigation, professional liability litigation and health care law. Since becoming a member of the Texas Bar in 1961, Mr. Harris has achieved exceptional success as a trial attorney and earned an impeccable reputation among his peers. He is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Law and is rated AV Preeminent by the Martinedale-Hubble lawyer rating service.

Mr. Harris was academically among the highest-ranking students at the University of Texas School of Law. He was selected early for the editorial board of the Texas Law Review and served both as Casenote Editor and Comment Editor of the Texas Law Review. He also became a law school Quizmaster and was selected as the Outstanding Midlaw Student in 1959. He earned numerous academic honors including Phi Delta Phi, Chancellors, and Order of the Coif. He graduated with honors in 1961.

Mr. Harris began his legal career in El Paso, where he became a partner in the prestigious law firm of Grambling, Mounce, Sims, Galatzan & Harris and served as President of the El Paso Bar Association in 1980-1981. He served as defense counsel for multiple large corporations and insurors. He also served as general counsel to Providence Memorial Hospital, the largest non-governmental hospital in El Paso, and handled all of its litigation and claims for more than twenty years. In addition to his long courtroom experience, Mr. Harris authored Understanding Healthcare Law: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals , a book which has been widely praised and distributed both in Texas and nationally.

Mr. Harris is a certified scuba diver and former proud owner and skipper of the sailing vessel, Lai Sien, whose home port is in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico.  His colorful book, Sailing the Sea of Cortez: Voyages of Discovery has been published and is available on Apple iBooks.  He has also recently written and published a new book through Apple iBooks, a personal narrative and photographic memoir entitled American Century, Roots in Texas.

Mr. Harris has spent many years sailing in the Sea of Cortez with his wife, Teresa Villaseñor Harris, who also serves as an attorney with The Fowler Law Firm.


J.D.,University of Texas School of Law, 1961, Graduated with Honors

B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1956


Understanding Healthcare Law: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals; Leap Year Publishing Co., 2000

Sailing the Sea of Cortez: Voyages of Discovery; Apple iBooks, 2010

American Century, Roots in Texas; Apple iBooks, 2015

Bar Memberships/Licenses

State Bar of Texas

Supreme Court of the United States

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

United States Tax Court

United States District Court, Western District of Texas

Current and Former Memberships, Honors, and Responsibilities

President, Wimberley Valley Watershed Association, Wimberley, Texas

Former President, El Paso Bar Association, El Paso, Texas

Barton Springs Zone Advisory Committee, Austin

Southwestern Museum of Cultural History, El Paso – Founder and Former Chairman of the Board

Wimberley Parks and Recreation Board, Former Chairman

Who’s Who in America, 2012 – 2015

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating AV Preeminent (highest)


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“Is there anything more important to Central Texas than preserving its natural treasures?”

J. Malcolm Harris, President of the Wimberley Valley Watershed Association.