I have practiced law since 1982, both in a private law firm environment, and as general counsel to two financial service entities.
Until 2005, my efforts were focused on the litigation, arbitration and mediation of contractual, employment, financing and construction matters.
From 2005-10, I served as general counsel, chief administrative officer and corporate secretary to OpHedge Investment Services, LLC, a multinational hedge fund administrator that serviced some of the industry’s largest and most complex hedge funds and asset managers. At OpHedge, I had ownership of all legal matters for the company and its three international subsidiaries, and was a member of the senior management team that in five years took the company from start up to a successful exit liquidity event.
In 2012, after a brief return to private practice, I accepted an opportunity to become general counsel to Clayton Holdings LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Radian Group Inc. (NYSE: RDN). Clayton is a premier global provider of mortgage and real-estate market risk management solutions,including risk-based analytics, residential loan due diligence, consulting, surveillance and staffing solutions. Clayton’s subsidiaries include: Green River Capital (customized REO asset management and single-family rental services); Red Bell Real Estate (advanced AVMs, BPOs and technology to acquire, value and track performance of loan portfolios and NPLs); ValuAmerica (national title, appraisal management company and vendor management technology provider); and Clayton Euro Risk (global services).
For many years, I also have served as a mediator and arbitrator, including for the American Arbitration Association where I serve as a member of its Master Mediator Panel, comprised of top mediators as rated by counsel. My work as an arbitrator encompasses disputes across the business spectrum, including serving as a panel member and chairman in complex financial matters.
In 2004, I was honored to received “The Honorable Robert C. Zampano Award for Excellence in Mediation.”
As for golf, my personal achievements have been modest. At the age of 11, on a very hot day, I lost the 9 hole junior boys championship at Tuscarora Country Club on the second hole of sudden death; I proceeded to throw up at the post-event lunch. As a 14 year old, I won the men’s match play championship at my local Putt-Putt; unfortunately, my youthful miniature golf course talents have proven of limited value, as I search in vain for a golf course with windmills on its greens.
Although I somehow managed to land on Haverford College‘s golf team, I consistently failed to “bring home the bacon” in accordance with my coach’s instructions. Nor did I even appreciate that his admonition was intended as a directive for life, unlike certain teammates, one of whom went on to become Rhode Island Attorney General and another who recently won the 2010 USGA Herbert Warren Wind Book Award for “Miracle at Merion.”
I did once garner victory in the Bridgeport Bar Association golf tournament, but that was only because the perennial champion had opted to depart the practice of law in favor of a career as an investment banker.
I do take satisfaction knowing that, in an annual competition comprised of weekly matchups on the Yale golf course, my long time golf compatriot Ashish Deshpande is the “Reigning Chump,” while the “Reigning Champ” bobblehead trophy sits proudly on my shelf.
Robert Harris, (914) 482-2448, firstname.lastname@example.org