Gail C. Harriss

GCH@HarrissMartinezLaw.com

Areas of Practice

  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Social Security Disability

Education

  • BA Political Science, Vassar College, 1980
  • Juris Doctorate, University of Denver, 1986

Memberships

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Southwest Colorado Bar Association
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives
  • Workers’ Compensation Education Association

Admitted to Practice

Ms. Harriss is admitted to practice law in the State of Colorado, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Ms. Harriss has over twenty-five years of experience representing disabled individuals in social security claims and injured workers in workers’ compensation claims.

She represents injured workers in hearings before the Office of Administrative Courts. She has also represented injured workers in appeals to the Industrial Claim Appeals Panel, the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Colorado Supreme Court.

She represents disabled individuals in social security disability claims in hearings before an Administrative Law Judge. She has represented disabled individuals in appeals to the Appeals Council, Social Security Administration, the United States District Court for the Districts of Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Prior Experience

Since September 1987, Gail Harriss has worked as a lawyer in Southwest Colorado representing injured workers in workers’ compensation claims and disabled individuals in social security disability claims.  Her office is in Durango, Colorado.

She first worked as an associate for Dawes and Crane, P.C. In January 1992, Gail Harriss and Robert Dawes formed Dawes and Harriss, P.C.  They worked together for the next nineteen and a half years. Gail Harriss then formed her own firm, Gail C. Harriss, LLC.

In October 2014, Gail Harriss was pleased to have Tina Martinez join her law firm.  The firm name was changed to Harriss & Martinez, LLC.

Gail Harriss and Tina Martinez, Harriss & Martinez, LLC will continue to represent injured workers in workers’ compensation claims and disabled individuals in social security disability claims.

Community Involvement

Gail Harriss has volunteered for various non-profit organizations in Southwest Colorado over the past twenty-five years.  She is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Southwest Bar Volunteer Legal Aid, Inc. She has served on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Southwest Colorado, Volunteers of America, Southwest Advisory Board and the Women’s Resource Center.  She volunteered as Race Director for the Kennebec Challenge Mountain Runs.  She has volunteered at other races and other local events.

In her free time, Gail enjoys running, biking, hiking, backpacking, swimming, skiing, playing music, reading and traveling.

 


Tina M. Martinez

TMM@HarrissMartinezLaw.com

Areas of Practice

  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Social Security
  • Criminal Defense

Education

  • BS Organizational Management, Colorado State University, 1995
  • MBA, University of Wyoming, 2000
  • Juris Doctorate with honors, University of Wyoming, 2006

Memberships

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Southwest Colorado Bar Association
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives
  • Workers Compensation Education Association
  • Wyoming State Bar

Admitted to Practice

Ms. Martinez is licensed to practice law in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming.

Ms. Martinez focuses her practice on criminal defense, dependency and neglect cases, injured workers in workers’ compensation claims and individuals in social security claims.

Prior Experience

For many years, prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Martinez worked in the finance industry as a Vice President of commercial loans. After graduating from law school, she practiced in Montana for a large firm where she gained experience in complex commercial transactions and litigation. She then acted as general counsel for a financial holding company and its subsidiary bank and wealth management company where she had exposure to a variety of legal transactions including special asset workouts, restructures and private offerings.

Most recently, prior to joining Gail C. Harriss, she worked as a Deputy District Attorney prosecuting for La Plata County, Colorado. Ms. Martinez is a strong, forceful respected advocate for her clients and pursues justice for the criminally accused as well as for the injured worker and disabled individual.  Her litigation, finance, business, criminal defense and overall legal experience, provides her with a unique skill set to assist the criminally accused, injured workers and disabled individuals to meet their expectations and assist them in their cases.

Community Involvement

Ms. Martinez was a volunteer Firefighter and EMT for Jackson Fire/EMS for a series of years until she recently moved back to Colorado where she was born and raised. She is currently the secretary and treasurer of the Southwest Colorado Bar Association. She now spends her free time racing mountain bikes and enjoying the outdoors of Colorado.

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