Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced that Chicago Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner, Charles E. Harris, II, has been named one of The Network Journal’s “40 Under Forty” for 2014. The annual award honors the country’s top African-American “go-getters” for their “tenacity and innovation” across an eclectic array of professions.

The Network Journal recognized Mr. Harris’ successful career as a commercial litigator. Mr. Harris focuses his practice on complex litigation, such as class actions, complex contract disputes and First Amendment matters, and he also focuses on domestic and international arbitrations concerning a variety of subject matters. Additionally, as a licensed patent attorney, Mr. Harris represents clients in intellectual property disputes. He served as a law clerk to Judge David D. Dowd, Jr., of the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, prior to joining Mayer Brown. Mr. Harris told the publication he attributes his career achievements to his strong work ethic and stressed the importance of having confidence in your abilities.

The Network Journal also noted Mr. Harris’ passion for working with children and young adults. Mr. Harris is highly involved in fostering diversity initiatives at the firm and in his community. He is active on Mayer Brown’s Committee on Diversity & Inclusion and mentors minority associates at the firm. Additionally, Mr. Harris is a board member of the Chicago Committee, which seeks racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession, and Heartland Human Care Services, the leading direct service human rights organization in the Midwest. In 2013, he was appointed to the Cook County (Illinois) Commission on Human Rights, and he also serves on the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s National Advisory Council.

Founded in 1993, The Network Journal provides news and commentary on issues that affect the growth of business and the advancement of professionals in the workplace for an audience of predominantly African-American professionals, corporate executives and small-business owners.

Read Mr. Harris’ feature article.