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J.P. Harris 

J.P. Harris uses his off time from law career to give back to many others


WEARE — At work, James P. Harris helps businesses protect their data and their rights. At home, he loves to be with his wife and son. And in his free time, Harris gives back to those who helped him find success. 


Harris, 37, is an attorney with Sheehan, Phinney, Bass + Green specializing in business litigation, but a growing sector of his business is in records retention – helping businesses deal effectively with their electronic data. 


"It's a lot of fun," he said. "It's very different from the litigation world. It's more collaborative and more productive." 


Harris grew up in Derry and attended Trinity High School. During his time there, he met the love of his life, his wife Chantal, and also got a taste of what his future could be. 


"I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, but I attended this week-long course where they simulated law school," he said. "I wasn't sure I wanted to be a lawyer, but I loved law school. I loved the Socratic method."


After completing his undergraduate degree at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, Harris attended Catholic University for law school. A summer job at Sheehan, Phinney, Bass + Green earned him a place at the firm after he graduated, and he's been there ever since. 


Harris has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America in commercial litigation, and a Rising Star by New England Super Lawyers. 


When he's not working or spending time with his family, Harris tries to serve the community, whether as a member of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce or as volunteer for Catholic Charities in their effort to get more young professionals to give back. He serves as chair of the Trinity High School board of advisers, where he works to help make the school the best it can be. 


"I feel very indebted to Trinity on a lot of levels," Harris said. "So I want to help them as best I can." 


Harris also gives his time to St. Joseph Community Services providing Meals on Wheels to homebound folks. In his role as a member of the board, Harris said he tries to help the organization find the money needed to ensure those who need assistance get it. 


"It's a really professionally run group with a lot of challenges," he said. "It's difficult to ensure there's enough money to provide food for people in need." 


In his own life, Harris said his biggest challenge is to find balance between work, family, and community service. 


"I have never had a day where I dreaded coming to work," he said, "but I need to learn how to turn work off and enjoy the time I have with my wife and son. I'm lucky to work at a place where they recognize the need to unplug."

        

March 16 Reception!

Join the New Hampshire Union Leader, Citizens Bank and the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire as we honor this year’s 40 Under Forty class.

When: March 16, 2016 – 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Grappone Conference Center – Concord, NH

Tickets: Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased online by clicking the button below or you can arrange for tickets by calling 603.206.7834 or emailing ewhalen@unionleader.com.

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Class of 2016

Kris Mailepors: 'Better leaders produce better results'

Kris Mailepors: 'Better leaders produce better results'

Neil Nicholson: 'He's never lost sight of the importance of helping others'

Neil Nicholson: 'He's never lost sight of the importance of helping others'

John Vaccarezza: 'Mr. Vacc' has settled in with Central Pride

John Vaccarezza: 'Mr. Vacc' has settled in with Central Pride

Michael Dimos: A big booster for Manchester

Michael Dimos: A big booster for Manchester

Brent Kiley: A leader's job is to listen

Brent Kiley: A leader's job is to listen

Amy Manzelli: Busy mom is an attorney focused on the environment

Amy Manzelli: Busy mom is an attorney focused on the environment

Charles Lloyd: Finding success in giving back

Charles Lloyd: Finding success in giving back

Subash Acharya: Bhutan native helps refugees become self-sufficient

Subash Acharya: Bhutan native helps refugees become self-sufficient

Cam Brensinger: Building a foundation for the future

Cam Brensinger: Building a foundation for the future

Christine DeAngelis: Focused on Rochester children, economics

Christine DeAngelis: Focused on Rochester children, economics

Joshua Bourdon: Derry councilor sees potential in everybody

Joshua Bourdon: Derry councilor sees potential in everybody

Deo Mwano: Giving back has been a healing process

Deo Mwano: Giving back has been a healing process

Anthony Correnti: Eye doc sees constant challenges

Anthony Correnti: Eye doc sees constant challenges

Jennifer Creasey: Franklin native gives back to her city

Jennifer Creasey: Franklin native gives back to her city

Peter Laufenberg: Helping students along the career path

Peter Laufenberg: Helping students along the career path

Maria Noel Groves: Herbalist spreads the word on wellness

Maria Noel Groves: Herbalist spreads the word on wellness

Allison Joseph: MY TURN executive helps at-risk youth

Allison Joseph: MY TURN executive helps at-risk youth

Jason Bergeron: His family embraces 'live for today'

Jason Bergeron: His family embraces 'live for today'

Michael Browning: His goal is creating game changers

Michael Browning: His goal is creating game changers

 Suraj Budathoki: New U.S. citizen advocates for human rights

Suraj Budathoki: New U.S. citizen advocates for human rights

 Kat Antonioli: Nonprofit co-founder believes it's better to give than to receive

Kat Antonioli: Nonprofit co-founder believes it's better to give than to receive

Jackie Christensen: onCampus creator 'cuts through the noise'

Jackie Christensen: onCampus creator 'cuts through the noise'

Jennifer A. Vadney: Opening doors to new homes

Jennifer A. Vadney: Opening doors to new homes

Jessica Chabot: P.R. pro volunteers to help veterans

Jessica Chabot: P.R. pro volunteers to help veterans

Jason B. Grosky: Prosecutor's commitment to civic life is a juggling act

Jason B. Grosky: Prosecutor's commitment to civic life is a juggling act

 Dr. Adrian Thomas: Surgeon's evenings filled with family

Dr. Adrian Thomas: Surgeon's evenings filled with family

Kendra Bell: Proud to be from the North Country

Kendra Bell: Proud to be from the North Country

Tara Albert: Key to her success caring for the environment is loving the job

Tara Albert: Key to her success caring for the environment is loving the job

Joseph Manzoli Jr.: The power of a superhero

Joseph Manzoli Jr.: The power of a superhero

Jason Beaudet: Transforming design into reality

Jason Beaudet: Transforming design into reality

Jennifer Malone: Vet goes the extra mile to provide creature comforts

Jennifer Malone: Vet goes the extra mile to provide creature comforts

Martha Frechette: Working with dogs 'just makes your day'

Martha Frechette: Working with dogs 'just makes your day'

Shaloo Savla: A drive to be part of the solution

Shaloo Savla: A drive to be part of the solution

Maria Proulx: A strong work ethic pays off

Maria Proulx: A strong work ethic pays off

 Katherine Peters: Commitment to energy efficiency, public service drives career

Katherine Peters: Commitment to energy efficiency, public service drives career

Kevin Smith: Leading Londonderry forward

Kevin Smith: Leading Londonderry forward

Meredith Stidham: Committed to social justice

Meredith Stidham: Committed to social justice

Dave Tencza: Protecting NH's most vulnerable

Dave Tencza: Protecting NH's most vulnerable

Gina Powers: State House lobbyist thrives on volunteer work

Gina Powers: State House lobbyist thrives on volunteer work

Fr. Kyle Stanton: Young priest a pastor to two flocks

Fr. Kyle Stanton: Young priest a pastor to two flocks

Class of 2017 Nominations

Please summarize below the nominee's professional and volunteer accomplishments, and other special factors that you feel make them deserving of this recognition. Please include complete contact information for nominee.

For more information on the 40 Under 40 program, contact Shannon K. Sullivan, Community Relations Manager, 603-206-7833 or ssullivan@unionleader.com.

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