Located in Cheyenne, Harris & Harris, P.C. serves clients throughout Wyoming. Terry Harris created the firm in 1996, as Terry J. Harris, P.C. Emily Harris joined the firm in 2013, giving the firm its current name.
Terry J. Harris
Terry joined the Wyoming Bar in 1982. For the past 25 or so years, he has focused on federal criminal defense. Prior to this, he focused on disability related litigation and also presided over contested case administrative hearings for the State of Wyoming. He served as the Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney Representative for the federal district of Wyoming at the national level for a number of years. Terry continues to serve as a Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney. Terry has been a member of the two legal teams that successfully represented Wyoming’s last two death row inmates. That first team, led by expert death penalty counsel Sean O’Brien, along with Terry and co-counsel Jennifer Merrigan, succeeded in having the Federal District Judge set aside the client’s death sentence and first degree murder conviction. Now, a second team, again led by Sean O’Brien, along with Terry and co-counsel Lindsay Runnels, succeeded in their efforts to have the Federal District Judge set aside the client’s death sentence. The legal team continues to represent the client in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and also before the Natrona County District Court in Wyoming. In 2007, the Tenth Circuit appointed Terry to the Court's non-competitive review process that led to the Colorado/Wyoming Federal Defender’s reappointment to a second four-year term. Following, in 2011, the Tenth Circuit appointed Terry to its Committee to Assess Candidates for the position of Federal Public Defender for the Districts of Colorado and Wyoming. Terry also served as a part-time Senior Assistant Public Defender at Laramie County Trial Division of the Wyoming Office of the State Public Defender.
J.D., University of Wyoming, College of Law (1982)
B.S., Virginia Tech (1979), Accounting
Emily M. Harris
Emily joined the Wyoming Bar in 2013. Until the spring of 2016, Emily served as an Assistant Public Defender at the Laramie County Trial Division of the Wyoming Office of the State Public Defender, serving many hundreds of clients. Initially, Emily represented mainly misdemeanor clients charged mostly with domestic violence, driving under the influence, and drug possession offenses. For her final year with the Trial Division, Emily served clients charged with felony offenses ranging from drug distribution to aggravated kidnapping. She also has helped clients successfully enter and graduate from the alternative courts in Laramie County. In the past, Emily served as the defense bar representative for both the Laramie County Veterans Treatment Court and the Laramie County Drug Court. Emily has served as an Indigent Parents Contract Attorney for Laramie County. Currently, Emily focuses primarily on criminal defense work at both the state and federal levels. From the spring of 2018 to early 2020, Emily served as a Senior Assistant Public Defender at the Laramie County Trial Division of the Wyoming Office of the State Public Defender, again focusing on clients charged with felony offenses. Emily also serves as a Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney. In addition to traditional felony appointments, the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming recently began appointing Emily to assist clients seeking compassionate release.
J.D., University of Wyoming, College of Law (2013)
B.A., Arizona State University (2010), History, summa cum laude
B.A., Arizona State University (2010), Political Science, summa cum laude
Guest Lecturer, IV Amendment
Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy (2011-2015)
Moderator, Death Penalty in Wyoming
Wyoming State Bar Young Lawyers Section (Fall 2014)
Moderator, Right to Counsel in Federal Courts
Colorado State Bar Association (Summer 2014)
Panel Attorney Representative, District of Wyoming
Criminal Justice Act (2003-2013)
Panelist, Colorado's Marijuana Legalization and the Wyoming Border: A Hazy Issue
University of Wyoming College of Law (Spring 2013)
Laramie County Veterans Treatment Court (2014-2015)
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