Stephen Harris

Attorney | Minneapolis

Stephen Harris, Attorney at Meyer Njus Tanick


Steve was initially drawn to the law based on his childhood admiration of Abraham Lincoln, who used charm and great wit to successfully win cases.  As an accomplished litigator, Steve strives to emulate his childhood idol in the courtroom.  He believes success comes from tireless preparation.

Prior to joining Meyer Njus Tanick, Steve passed the C.P.A. examination and worked as an  internal auditor in the banking and loan industry where he audited financial statements and internal processes. This experience serves him well during the discovery stage of litigation as it allows him to cut through the complexity of a case to focus on the key evidence that will help the firm’s clients obtain the best results possible.

After graduating at the top of his class from William Mitchell College of Law, Steve clerked for the Honorable Lawrence Collins of the Minnesota District Court in Winona County.

In his spare time, Steve enjoys traveling,  hiking, biking, and gardening.  He also loves to throw the ball with his kids and watch well-made movies.

Representative Experience

Assisted in obtaining a $5.9 million settlement for the family of a victim in a lengthy wrongful death action against a large regional power utility company.

Obtained favorable ruling before the Minnesota Court of Appeals on an insurance coverage issue in a case involving the wrongful death of a child. Jestus v. Jestus, 2008 WL 4471405 (Minn. Ct. App. Oct. 7, 2008)

Successfully litigated the meaning of a restrictive covenant in a real property conveyance which was designed to protect the business of a small, locally-owned liquor store. Chalet Liquors, Inc. v. Supervalu, Inc., 2004 WL 885356 (Minn. Ct. App. Apr. 27, 2004).

Obtained jury verdict and Court of Appeals ruling in favor of a tenant coffee shop that went out of business because the landlord failed to make promised improvements, including the building of a deck that would overlook the St. Croix River in Stillwater. Morningstar Coffee, Inc. v. Mainstream Development, LLC, 2003 WL 21961523 (Minn. Ct. App. Aug. 19, 2003).

Obtained partial reversal of the district court’s grant of summary judgment.  Winthrop Resources Corp. v. Cambridge Research Associates, Inc., 2003 WL 22846113 (Minn. Ct. App. Dec. 2, 2003).

*Past results are reported to provide the reader with an indication of the type of litigation we practice. They do not and should not be construed to create an expectation of result in any other case, as all cases are dependent upon their own unique fact situation and applicable law.