Matt grew up in both Houston and Orlando before attending Rollins College where he was captain of the cross country team. That same drive required to maintain the long-distance runner lifestyle also bleeds into most areas of Matt's life. He works meticulously to prepare or analyze business contracts or think through different legal strategies.
Graduating as magna cum laude with a degree in International Business and a minor in Spanish, Matt is able to use his knowledge of how businesses transact to advise others in both creating and establishing formation documents and policies to reach goal potential.
Matt prides himself most in his relationship with his children, and is an amazing father, spending countless hours coaching any sport, team or individual, his kids want to learn and grow in. In 2022, Matt began coaching Longview Christian School's junior high basketball team, allowing him to coach both his son and twenty-five other amazing young men. He is looking forward to next year's season!
Matt is the past-president of the board and one of the initial founders of Graciously Broken Ministries here in Longview, Texas, as well as a past board member of Family Promise of Longview (formerly LIHN).
Courtney has been told that she is a "people person" and she uses that skill the most in her practice of the law. Courtney has the ability to see the real issues causing conflict and seek to resolve those, both in and outside the courtroom, to offer her clients resolution and efficient, economical solutions to their legal problems.
During her time at Baylor Law, Courtney found that she excelled in the courtroom, earning a spot in the Order of Barristers in her first year and becoming the first individual winner of Baylor Law School's prestigious Bob & Sheila Wortham "Mad Dog" Dawson 'Top Gun' intramural Trial Competition in her third year.
Courtney grew up in Lone Star, Texas, and graduated from Daingerfield High School. Never one to stay too far away for too long, she moved back to the Piney Woods after graduating from Baylor Law School to share the experience of raising a family here with Matt.
In 2021, Courtney became a member of Longview Christian School's board, seeking to contribute to the school as both a parent and lawyer in any way that could be beneficial. Courtney also served on the board of the Greater Longview Estate Planning Counsel for two years.
William R. Porter was born in Morris County, Texas and still resides there today. He graduated from the University of Texas Law School in 1967 and joined the Marine Corps, graduating from the U.S. Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island. After four years and serving in Vietnam, Judge Porter received an honorable discharge and began the practice of law as a "country lawyer".
In 1981, he began his career as a state district judge of the 276th Judicial District of Texas, the first person to hold that position. He retired from full time sitting on December 31, 2010 but has continued to receive judicial education and sit as a Senior visiting judge since that time.
In March of 2017, Judge Porter joined his son-in-law and daughter as 'of Counsel' in their firm, Harris & Harris, and has been an invaluable resource to both as an experienced guide through the litigation side of law practice. An article from the Longview News Journal about Judge Porter's retirement is embedded below:
Matt and Courtney met as first-year law students at Baylor Law School and had many adventures over the next three years. They managed to make it through the rigorous "practice court" program as partners, and determined they were fated to become partners in life as well. Upon graduating and passing the Texas bar exam, they wed right before New Year's Eve in front of many friends and family.
The Harrises have grown both their family and their legal practice over the years to include their family practice, and more importantly, their two children, Colt and Annie.
Another family member joined us in in 2017 as invaluable resource to the team. We welcomed Courtney's dad, the Honorable William R. Porter as "of Counsel". As a retired district court judge with senior status in Texas, Judge Porter brings many years of experience and offers practical wisdom in matters of litigation and settlement.
Our firm is pleased to offer solutions for a variety of legal needs, including estate planning, probate matters and litigation, guardianship matters, business planning and transactional matters, premarital agreement planning, and legal assistance filing an appeal after your case has been decided, whether you wish to appeal or defend the verdict.
In re M.A.S., No. 06-16-00059-CV (Tex. App. - Texarkana, 2016, no pet).
In re J.W., 615 S.W.3d 453 (Tex. App. - Texarkana - 2020, no. pet.)
In re P.R., 615 S.W.3d 474 (Tex. App. - Texarkana, 2020, pet. denied.)
In re C.A., No. 06-21-00056-CV., (Tex. App. – Texarkana, 2021, pet. denied)
In re P.H., No. 06-21-00060-CV (Tex. App. – Texarkana, 2021, no pet.).
In re Rushing, 644 S.W.3d 383 (Tex. App. -- Tyler, 2022, pet. denied)
IMMO Thomas, 05-22-00137-CV (Tex. App. -- Dallas, pending)
In re C.M.B.H., 06-23-00085-CV (Tex. App. - Texarkana, 2023)
You receive an initial consultation, simple Will, Statutory Durable Power of Attorney, Medical Power of Attorney, Advanced Directive, and Declaration of Future Guardian in the Event of Future Need and second appointment to sign documents
You receive an initial consultation, simple Will, Statutory Durable Power of Attorney, Medical Power of Attorney, Advanced Directive, and Declaration of Future Guardian in the Event of Future Need and second appointment to sign documents for each person.
*Additional charges quoted at initial meeting for extra services
We charge a consultation fee when giving legal advice because we spend the time necessary to evaluate your case and give you an outline of our strategy. If you would like more information, please call and ask our assistant about this.
1100 Judson Road, Ste. 720, Longview, Texas 75601, United States
08:30 am – 05:00 pm
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