WHO WE ARE
Who We Are: The Defenders
If you’ve been arrested and charged with a crime, you’re likely frightened, confused and don’t know where to turn. You need assistance —not just any help, but help from a team of attorneys who know exactly how to aid in criminal cases. A team of attorneys who work in criminal law defense every day. That’s The Defenders. Every team needs a leader, and ours is Rick Harris of The Defenders. Rick leads the firm with several important guiding principles: Outstanding legal experience, case preparation and extensive client care. That includes instilling the need to provide an unwavering level of client service by all of our attorneys and the support team. What can you, our client, expect? Let’s start with some of your top concerns:
- What should I do first? What should I not do?
- Who will help me fight the charges against me?
- Who will stand by my side throughout the investigation and the trial, if there is one?
- Who has my best interests at heart?
- How will this affect me and my family?
- How will this affect my job?
- How can I get help with financial burden a criminal case brings forth?
Get answers to these and other questions from The Defenders. Because our team works every single day with Las Vegas Valley clients who’ve been accused of criminal acts, we know how to help you work through all the concerns you have.
It’s not just the case itself, and the unknown of what will happen. It’s also how the case will impact the rest of your life and your family’s life, and what we can do to minimize that impact and help you get your life back on track. Our team will work with you to help make sense of it all, while working on the legal side to protect and fight for all of your legal rights.
The Defenders are seasoned criminal defense attorneys who understand that each alleged crime has a unique set of circumstances surrounding it, and we are committed to thoroughly investigating each and every facet of the case to build the best defense possible. We believe that every person has the right to an aggressive defense to help protect their freedoms, liberties and keep their record clear.
Whether you’ve been charged with drug crimes, driving violations, assault, a misdemeanor or a felony, The Defenders will work hard to vigorously defend you throughout every stage of your case.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the very first thing I should do?
Contact your team at The Defenders. Don’t say another word to anyone until you have an initial conversation with us. Don’t post anything on social media. Getting the right legal help with your case is the only first step you should take.
Meet Attorney Richard Harris
After graduating from law school in 1980, Rick took two bar exams during the same week—California and Nevada. He passed them both; an accomplishment unmatched by anyone since. He had an overall score of 95 percent on the Nevada bar exam.
Rick first practiced with Criminal Defense Attorney and former Las Vegas Mayor, Oscar Goodman. In 1982, he founded Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm to help people protect their legal rights and ensure best outcomes for those they serve. In 2007, he founded a criminal defense division, The Defenders, to help more people.
As a trial lawyer and skilled negotiator, Rick has resolved several of the largest personal injury cases in Nevada. He has earned membership into the prestigious Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Outstanding Lawyers of America, and the Verdict Club as a platinum member. Rick served on the Board of Governors of the Nevada Justice Association and has been a lobbyist for injury victims’ rights in the Nevada Legislature.
Mr. Harris believes in defending people’s rights and founded The Defenders to go above and beyond in helping protect people in the courtroom.
Meet Attorney Josh Harris of The Defenders
In 2002, Josh Harris graduated from Utah Valley State College (UVSC) with a bachelor’s degree in legal studies, earning Dean’s List honors. During his undergraduate studies, he participated in the Law Society, was active in promoting the legal studies program at UVSC, and fulfilled an internship in personal injury law.
Josh attended the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California—excelling in civil procedure, evidence, advanced torts, and corporations. During law school, Josh spent a summer in Salzburg, Austria, studying constitutional law and human rights under United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. He also served as an assistant to the McGeorge’s dean of admissions. Joshua began work as a clerk for Richard Harris Law Firm during his final year in law school. Upon graduation, he began working at Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm as an attorney.
Josh was born in Sacramento, California, and moved to Las Vegas in 1980. He graduated from Bonanza High School and earned Boy Scouts of America’s highest honor, the Eagle Scout award. After graduation, he traveled to Pennsylvania to serve in a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Meet Attorney Kaylee Havens of The Defenders
Kaylee’s introduction to the law occurred early, when she was involved in a car accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Her lawyer helped her and her family navigate through the next several years of uncertainty. She learned firsthand that the legal field can be complex and confusing, and she aims to help people navigate the law in the same way she was helped.
At The Defenders, Kaylee enjoys being able to break down complex and sometimes overwhelming aspects of the law so that people can understand the situation they are in, making it less frightening and more manageable. She believes a personal injury lawyer’s role in the community is to help be the support persons need through some of the most frightening and uncertain times in their lives.
Kaylee has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Major in Political Science and a Minor in Communication from Arizona State University. She earned her Juris Doctorate (top 10% of her class) from Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law.
Away from the office, Kaylee spends a lot of time hiking with her husband and their dog, Charlie. They also love to spend time at the lake.