Ben Harris


Direct: (251) 441-9205
Fax: (251) 432-2800

P.O. Box 1988
Mobile, AL 36633


Attorney Assistant

Deirdre A. Gary
Phone : (251) 441-9207


Candy Knickerbocker
Phone : (251) 441-9256


A.B., Economics, Davidson College, 1959
J.D., University of Alabama School of Law, 1962

Mr. Ben H. Harris Jr.

In his current role as Of Counsel, Ben Harris’ extensive trial experience serves him well as he advises his fellow attorneys at Johnstone Adams on their current cases. He focuses on general civil litigation, including personal injury, wrongful death, oil and gas, asbestos, telecommunications, real estate, construction, bad faith failure to pay insurance claims, and workers’ compensation. He has done a significant amount of trial work on behalf of Exxon Mobil Corp.

Ben is a seasoned litigator who has successfully argued lawsuits in the Circuit Court of Mobile County, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, Supreme Court of Alabama, U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ben and his partner Bill Hardie made local case history in a criminal representation defending an armed robbery case in which the first successful use of the Miranda Decision in the Circuit Court of Mobile County was employed.

Ben’s hallmarks are his ability to successfully arrive at practical solutions for his clients and his quiet, assured demeanor, which is seemingly at odds with his successful trial record. Although admittedly a bit shy, Ben says his competitive nature takes over in a court room and he attributes his productive record to that competitive spirit combined with a well-honed analytical nature.


  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers of America in the fields of
  • Employer’s Workers Compensation Law, 2008
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, since 1970
  • Most Outstanding Alumnus, University of Alabama School of Law, 2003
  • William D. Scruggs, Jr. Service to the Bar Award, Alabama State Bar, 2010
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, inducted in 1988
  • Fellow, Alabama Law Foundation, inducted in 1995
  • Professional and Community Involvement
  • Past President, Alabama State Bar
  • Past Member, Board of Governors, American Bar Association
  • Past Member, Executive Council, National Conference of Bar Presidents
  • Past President, United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Historical Society
  • Past Chairman, Magistrate Selection Committee, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama
  • Past President, Alabama Law School Foundation
  • Past President, Alabama Law Foundation
  • Past President, Alabama Bar Foundation
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Past Chairman of the Board, UMS-Wright Preparatory School
  • Past President, Paul W. Brock Inn of Court
  • Past President Mobile Track and Field Association
  • Past President, Murray House (assisted living) Founder of Azalea Trail Run (10K)
  • Past Member, Allocations Committee, Mobile United Way
  • Past Board Member, American Red Cross (Mobile Chapter), Mobile Family Counseling Center
  • Past President, Boys and Girls Club Served two years as a Lieutenant, U.S. Army Field Artillery, primarily at Fort Hood, Texas
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