Associate Orrick, Herrington, Rowley & Sutcliffe, San Francisco, 1972-1977. Partner Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, 1978-1998. Private practice Richard E. V. Harris Law Office, Oakland, since 1998.
Faculty California Tax Policy Conference, 1987, 95. Speaker university, governmental and professional groups.
Member of American Bar Association (litigation section Corporate Counsel committee, subcommittee chairman 1980-1982, antitrust law section state action committee since 1981, vice chairman 1982-1983, vice chairman government liability committee 1982-1984, co-chairman National Institutes Antitrust Liability 1983, Boulder task force 1983-1984, council urban state and local government section 1983-1988, litigation section Corporate Counsel committee, subcommittee chairman since 1983, co-chairman National Institutes Antitrust Liability 1985, business law section, Securities and Exchange Commission investigation attorney-client privilege waiver task f 1988, professional conduct committee, tax section, state and local taxes committee since 1989, tax litigation committee since 1992, conflicts of interest task force 1993-1996, international committee since 1994, Corporate Counsel committee since 1995, conflicts of interest committee 1996—2000, ad hoc committee on ethics 2000, committee professional conduct since 2001, Center Professional Responsibility, American Bar Association Ethics 2000 advisory group), Bar Association San Francisco (ethics committee since 1980, state bar conference delegate 2003), American Law Institute (consultant restatements of law unfair competition 1991-1994, governing lawyers committee 1991—2000, torts committee since 1993, agency committee 1996—2006, trusts committee since 1996).