Managing and founding partner Tariq Karim El-Shabazz has practiced complex civil and criminal litigation in both Federal and State Court for more than 18 years. Also referred to by Philadelphia Newspapers and his peers as the “Philadelphia Johnnie Cochran”, Mr. El-Shabazz was featured as one of Pennsylvania’s Super Lawyers.

His successful defense of major political figures, and both white and blue collar clients, from Boston to Virginia, has earned him the respect of his peers as well as, a formidable reputation as one of the most successful litigators of his era.

As a result of his extraordinary litigation and prolific oratory skills, both perfected by over 1,000 jury trials, Mr. El-Shabazz is a highly sought legal analyst with numerous appearances on ABC, CBS and FOX News, Comcast Network’s “Its Your Call" with Lynn Doyle, and Court TV’s nationally syndicated shows; “Jamie Floyd: Best Defense”, “Bloom & Politan: Open Court” and “Nancy Grace: Closing Argument”. Additionally, he is the co-host of “The Pulse with Tariq and Marla”, a live, weekly radio show broadcasted on WURD, 900 AM, and is currently in negotiations with Turner Broadcasting for the debut “Know Your Rights”, his own legal talk show.

Prior to engaging in private practice, Mr. El-Shabazz served as a Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney for five years where he was the recipient of the Prosecutorial Merit Award. A graduate of Hofstra University and the University of Baltimore Law Center, he is also a former associate of Weber, Goldstein, Greenberg and Gallagher.


Richard Rich Harris is a dynamic young partner of El-Shabazz + Harris LLC, where his practice focuses on corporate litigation, white-collar defense and complex civil litigation in both federal and state courts. With more than 200 jury trials of experience and as a gifted communicator, Mr. Harris frequently appears on Court TV and Comcast's “It's Your Call” as a guest legal analyst of topical national and local trials.

Mr. Harris is best known for serving as lead counsel for Mr. Akhil Bansal in
U.S. vs Bansal, et al, the international pharmaceutical cyber crime case. He is also well-known for his successful defense of Mr. Sacon Youk, one of four defendants in the Lex Street Massacre. Charges against Mr. Youk were dropped after prosecutors were persuaded that Mr. Youk and his codefendants were innocent.

Mr. Harris began practicing in the Defender Association of Philadelphia where he earned the reputation of being an “incredibly skilled trial attorney”.

Mr. Harris earned his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1998, and his B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1993.