2019 Women’s Power Summit on Law & Leadership

Juanita Harris

With a legal career spanning over 20 years, Ms. Harris is a veteran corporate attorney with in depth experience fusing legal mandates with visionary business insights. She currently serves as Assistant Vice President and Senior Legal Counsel to Human Resources at AT&T, Inc. at its global headquarters in Dallas, Texas. As an emotionally intelligent strategic thinker, Ms. Harris provides advice and counsel on issues related to managing human capital and helps drive business growth while mitigating risk associated with a diverse workforce of more than 250,000 domestic and international employees.

Ms. Harris previously managed labor arbitrations and litigation, while also representing AT&T before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and the Department of Labor. Since starting her career with AT&T in Washington, DC in 2001, Ms. Harris has provided advice and counsel to various business units including Federal Regulatory, and she has successfully closed on several high profile commercial deals valued at more than $1 billion dollars. Prior to joining AT&T, Ms. Harris was a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Honors Attorney Program.

Ms. Harris is active in the AT&T Legal Department’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and she serves as an AT&T Preferred Counsel “Front Door” Attorney where she acts as a liaison between AT&T and its preferred counsel.  While serving as Chair of the Pipeline Subcommittee she collaborated with AT&T attorneys to establish programs in support of the Company’s commitment to increase the diversity in the legal pipeline.  Under her leadership, AT&T attorneys have mentored hundreds of economically disadvantaged high school students in Dallas, San Antonio, Atlanta, Chicago, and San Francisco.  The mentoring program is such a success that it is now inaugurated in Mexico.

Ms. Harris holds a J.D. from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law, and a BBA in Accounting (Finance minor) from University of North Texas.  She is a certified FINRA arbitrator, and she is engaged in various professional and community organizations, including the Corporate Counsel Women of Color, the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, and the J.L. Turner Legal Association. She is an American Bar Fellow and serves on the Texas Bar Office of Minority Affairs Steering Committee of the Texas Minority Counsel Program (TMCP) whose mission is to increase opportunities for minority and women attorneys. Ms. Harris is also a member of the Leaders Circle of the Center for Women in Law (CWIL),  and serves on the Board of Directors of the Family Gateway, an organization working to provide stability and life-changing supportive services to children and families affected by homelessness.  Ms. Harris was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Corporate Counsel of the Year for Diversity Award by the DFW Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel and the Texas Lawbook. In 2018, she was appointed as a Commissioner on the ABA’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession.

Her personal mantra: “So long as everyone is giving, then everyone is receiving.”