Natalie A. Harris




University of Wisconsin-Madison, JD, 2000

Temple University Japan (Tokyo), 1999
University of Michigan, BA (English), with distinction, 1996



Ms. Harris is a member of the firm’s promotions, marketing and advertising practice as well as an experienced media law litigator. She has extensive experience counseling clients in sweepstakes and skill contest law.  From the classic “business card in the fishbowl” sweepstakes to cutting edge text messaging promotions, multiplatform social media contests and experiential activations, Ms. Harris helps brands and agencies comply with applicable state and federal laws, regulations and evolving industry guidelines.  In addition, Ms. Harris represents clients at the forefront of print, television, radio and digital media. She provides advertisement clearance services, intellectual property licensing, trademark clearance and registration, competitive and false advertising guidance and sponsorship and endorsement counseling.  She also handles all aspects of media-related litigation from issuing and responding to cease and desist correspondence through trial in state and federal courts, and everything in between.  She has successfully defended clients against a wide variety of  claims including defamation, invasion of privacy, right of publicity, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, false advertising, deceptive trade practices,  consumer fraud and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) violation in the traditional and digital media context.


Ms. Harris is a 2000 graduate of The University of Wisconsin Law School. Prior to joining Mandell Menkes in 2004, Ms. Harris primarily represented wholly-owned Japanese subsidiary corporate clients in a wide variety of commercial and employment disputes in state and federal courts.


Ms. Harris is a member of the American Bar Association Forum On Communications Law, Media Law Resource Center (MLRC), Japan-America Society of Chicago and Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law.  She is involved with the Brand Activation Association (formerly the Promotion Marketing Association) and Mobile Marketing Association.  She regularly attends and speaks at media law conferences including the MLRC Annual Forum, Media and Law Seminar sponsored by the University of Kansas School of Law and the ABA Forum on Communications Law and the MLRC/Newspaper Association of America (NAA)/National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Media Law Conference. In September 2014, Ms. Harris served as a Boutique Session Chair for Pre-Publication/Pre-Broadcast Review, at the MLRC/NAA/NAB Media Law Conference. Ms. Harris has spoken at the Hot Issues in Advertising and Promotions Workshop at the American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law Annual Conference each year since 2016. She was lead facilitator of the Workshop in 2017 and 2018, which focused on developments in TCPA litigation, “Right to Yelp” legislation, FTC Endorsement Guides and brand influencers, online advertisement fraud prevention and tech developments in the field of advertising.  Before receiving her law degree, Ms. Harris spent time studying and working in both the Kansai Region and Tokyo, Japan.


Ms. Harris co-authored the following published articles: “Illinois Court Rejects Absolute Privilege for Intracorporate Communications,” MLRC Media Law Letter (Feb. 28, 2005), and “‘Battle Of The Privileges’ in Illinois Supreme Court Justice’s Defamation Suit Against Newspaper,” MLRC Media Law Letter (October 31, 2005), “Bomb Bystander’s False Light Fizzles,” MLRC Media Law Letter (May 25, 2013) and “Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Not Flip About the Bird,” Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) IP Newsletter (Fall 2013 Vol. 53 No.1). “Newspaper Wins Records Battle For Emails Seized in John Doe Investigation,” MLRC Media Law Letter (May 2014), “Libel and Privacy Claims Over News Coverage of Sexual Harassment Complaint Dismissed,” MLRC Media Law Letter (July 2014), “Update: Illinois Appellate Court Affirms Dismissal of Professor’s Libel and Privacy Claims,” MLRC Media Law Letter (April 2015), “Ex-Firefighter’s Defamation Claim Extinguished,” MLRC Media Law Letter (July 2015)“Wisconsin Court of Appeals Snuffs Out Firefigher’s Defamation Suit,” MLRC Law Letter (December 2016).