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St. Louis City NAACP selects Harris to handle civil rights litigation

The St. Louis City Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) recently announced an agreement with Seyferth Blumenthal & Harris LLP (SBH) member Charlie Harris, who will serve as lead counsel for the organization’s litigation against the city of St. Louis and its related entities.

In February, the St. Louis City NAACP began work with the assistance of its National Environmental and Climate Justice Program to investigate environmental conditions, including suspected lead poisoning, believed to be negatively impacting residents of North St. Louis City — and more specifically, North St. Louis City’s African-American children. This includes adverse socioeconomic conditions disproportionally affecting those communities.

In a press release, the NAACP lauded Harris not only for his “impeccable credentials” but also for his “reputation as a lawyer who thinks outside the box … known for his dynamic trial advocacy skills and his ability to craft solutions to difficult problems.”

“Seyferth Blumenthal & Harris is committed to results, and we can’t think of a better combination to represent the St. Louis City NAACP in its fight for freedom and justice for the victims of the city’s negligence,” the release went on to say.

A member at SBH since 2008, Harris served as the first African American president of the Missouri Bar. He is a nationally recognized attorney that has served as special master and general receiver for state and federal judges in complex wrongful death, commercial and business litigation. Missouri Lawyers Media named Charlie a “Legal Champion” and he has been chosen as a “Missouri Lawyer of the Year” by the same publication. He has consistently been named in Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyer.