Gregory Y. Harris

Gregory Y. Harris

Partner
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602.262.0218 office
602.734.3838 fax
201 East Washington Street
Suite 1200
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Mr. Harris practices administrative law, healthcare law, procurement law, and government relations. He frequently writes and presents on these and related issues to legal, government and trade groups in Arizona.

Administrative Law. Mr. Harris helps clients with a wide variety of state and federal administrative and regulatory law issues. He regularly advises clients on licensing, compliance and enforcement issues that impact their businesses. For clients subject to licensing regulations, he helps clients develop and implement strategies to satisfy or determine the applicability of the laws to their business or operations.

Some of his recent administrative law work includes:

  • Representing individuals licensed by health regulatory boards seeking to become licensed or to respond to investigations conducted by the board.
  • Helping a company being investigated by the Registrar of Contractors with a complaint filed during a public procurement proceeding. 
  • Assisting applicants or licensees seeking licenses or under investigation by the Department of Liquor Licenses and Control.
  • Assisting mortgage bankers, automobile finance companies, collection agencies and other financial enterprises being investigated or examined and then involved in contested proceedings before the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions.

Mr. Harris was instrumental in the passage of SB 1193 in 2012, which revised the statutes governing the Administrative Appeals Process. He is now the chair of working group appointed by the State Bar to amend the Rules of Procedure for the Judicial Review of Administrative Decisions.

Procurement. Mr. Harris represents clients in procurement matters under state and local government procurement laws. For companies whose winning bids are challenged by competing bidders, he helps defend and protect the contract award. For companies who have lost bids, he helps identify and file challenges against the award and defend his client’s interests in accompanying hearings.

Some of Mr. Harris’ recent procurement work includes: 

  • Representing clients interested in the language of rules to be adopted by the State Procurement Office dealing with procurement challenges and contractor performance.
  • Representing the recipient of an award for advertising services whose award was challenged by a competing bidder and whose company was simultaneously accused of operating without a state license. Mr. Harris helped the client sustain the award contract and successfully addressed the regulatory complaint.
  • Assisting a client who challenged a contract award and then faced another bidder’s complaint that the client had violated the Licensed Contractor requirement by bidding for the award without holding a license issued by the Registrar of Contractors.
  • Assisting a service provider in its successful effort to overturn an award made by a county for telephone services.
  • Advising a client that received an award for a significant contract award in the successful defense of the award through both phases of the administrative review process.

Insurance. Mr. Harris’ insurance clients benefit greatly from his previous experience gained while representing the Arizona Department of Insurance as its lawyer and then when working for the agency, first as the Chief Administrative Law Judge and later as the agency’s Executive Assistant Director.

He represents insurance companies of all kinds before the Department of Insurance. He helps these clients navigate issues including filings, approvals, compliance, and joint ventures. Recently, he guided a client through the approval process so that they could form a joint venture. He also has advised clients on regulatory and policy issues associated with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the development of a Health Insurance Exchange under the ACA.

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Healthcare. Mr. Harris advises health care providers on licensing, regulatory, informed consent and compliance obligations.

He helped an organ procurement organization plan for and then work with providers and policy makers to win the passage of the “Uniform Anatomical Gift Act.” In addition, he has worked with organ procurement organizations as they have planned to implement the law.

He worked with clients in the revision and implementation of changes to their informed consent procedures, forms and documentation related to informed consent.

He has advised clients on licensing issues that health care institutions must satisfy under laws and rules enforced by the Department of Health Services.

He has represented clients facing disciplinary proceedings before a number of health care boards, including the Medical Board, the Dental Board, the Board of Behavioral Health Examiners, and the Chiropractic Board.

He also helps healthcare providers with HIPAA compliance issues. His work includes keeping companies out of trouble by helping them proactively adhere to compliance requirements and getting companies out of trouble by working to bring facilities into compliance.

Government Relations. Mr. Harris represents clients who are either fighting to maintain an existing state law and/or championing a change in the law. With 10+ years of combined experience in leadership roles at the Arizona Department of Insurance and as an Assistant Attorney General, as well as 16 years working on legislative matters at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, he regularly interfaces with the Arizona Legislature and state agencies to help his clients reach their goals.

Mr. Harris’ recent government relations work includes: 

  • Supporting the coalition which worked to enact compacts for doctors, nurses, physical therapists and psychologists.
  • Drafting a change to the state’s data privacy laws to align Arizona law with HIPAA.
  • Representing pet stores working to improve standards for sales of pets from breeders.
  • Assisting in the passage of legislation to modernize the licensing system for certified nursing assistants.
  • Supporting efforts to enact and preserve the Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act.
  • Assisting hospitals and medical records management companies in the implementation of Arizona’s health information exchange.
  • Introducing a bill designed to clarify the obligations of a water service provider to deliver service to adjacent land owners.
  • Drafting legislation to allow drivers to show proof of insurance on electronic devices including smart phones and tablets.
  • Streamlining the permitting process for renewable energy development projects located within a city’s limits.
  • Assisting the Arizona State Board of Nursing to clarify the authority of the Board’s executive director and working with stakeholders to correct a deficiency in the laws governing the work of certified registered nurse anesthetists.
  • Changes to the laws for the out of state providers to lawfully prescribe medications or order diagnostic examinations for Arizona patients.

He has represented clients before Arizona state agencies such as the Board of Nursing, the Board of Technical Registration, the Department of Liquor Licenses and Control, the Registrar of Contractors, the Securities Division of the Arizona Corporation Commission, the Department of Financial Institutions, and the Department of Real Estate.

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Presentations

  • “Antitrust Concerns for Arizona Regulators after NC Dental”, State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention, June 2016
  • “Lobbying for Health Care Clients”, Arizona Health Lawyer’s Association Annual Meeting, June 2016
  • “Legislative Update”, Arizona Association of Health Care Lawyers, June 2016
  • “Organ Donation under the UAGA”, Donor Network of Arizona, January 2016
  • “NC Dental v. FTC”, Arizona Association of Health Care Lawyers, December 2015
  • “Drone Law”, Arizona Farm Bureau, Arizona Bar,  November 2015
  • “Legislative and Case Law Update”, State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention, June 2015
  • “Organ Donation for Funeral Directors”, Donor Network of Arizona Funeral Director Symposium, March 2015
  • "The Absence of NO – Silence and Conflict: Organ Donation for Transplant and Whole Body Donation," AATB Annual Meeting, September 2014
  • "HIPAA for Defense Lawyers," Arizona Association of Health Care Lawyers, March 2014
  • "Arizona Insurance Regulation Overview," State Bar of Arizona, October 2014
  • "Legislative Update," Arizona Association of Health Care Lawyers, June 2014
  • "Arizona Administrative Law Overview - Judicial Perspective on Judicial Review Actions: Legislative, Rule and Case Law Update, and Ethical Considerations," State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention, June 2014
  • "Arizona Administrative Law Overview - Judicial Perspective on Judicial Review Actions: Legislative, Rule and Case Law Update, and Ethical Considerations," State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention, June 2013

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Distinctions

  • The Best Lawyers in America - Woodward/White, Aiken, S.C. - Government Relations Practice, 2013-2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell - "AV/Preeminent Attorney" Rating
  • AZ Business Magazine - Top Lawyers - Government Relations, 2013

Other Info

Education

J.D., Arizona State University - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, 1983
B.A., Arizona State University, 1980

Bar Admissions

Arizona, 1983

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona

Memberships & Affiliations

  • State Bar Working Group to Amend JRAD (Judicial Review of Administrative Decisions) Rules, Chair
  • Sandra Day OConnor College of Law Arizona State University, Adjunct Professor
  • Arizona Association of Healthcare Lawyers, Board Member
  • Arizona Board of Nursing, Former Public Member
  • National Council of the State Boards of Nursing, Former member of the Board of Directors
  • Arizona Board of Athletic Trainers, Former Member
  • Commission of Massage Therapy Accreditation, Former Board Member
  • American Jewish Committee, Board Member
  • Administrative Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona, Executive Board Member, Former Chair and member of the section