Christopher Harris Watt Tieder

Christopher M. Harris

(703) 749-1000

Christopher Harris is a partner with Watt Tieder. His practice is focused primarily in the areas of commercial contracts and real estate litigation.

Chris has represented developers, contractors and sureties in both federal and state courts, including in three trials in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and in numerous alternative dispute resolution proceedings. Through his representation of these clients, Chris has examined, litigated and advised clients regarding a wide variety of the complex legal issues that arise from commercial development and construction projects, including but not limited to construction contracts and bonds, purchase and sale agreements, development agreements, leases, funding commitment letters and contracts, and confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. His work and experience in these areas involves a diverse array of project types, including commercial retail development projects, data centers, multi-family housing developments, public roadways, hospitals, mass transit systems, schools and military housing, maintenance and munitions testing facilities.

Chris graduated from Washington & Lee University School of Law and is admitted to the bars of Virginia and the District of Columbia as well as to a number of federal courts. He joined Watt Tieder in 2002.


  • Co-Author: “Holding the Owner To His Word (or Silence) – Waiver As A Defense To Liquidated Damages,” From The Ground Up, Summer 2003.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Contracts
  • Real Estate Litigation


  • Washington & Lee University School of Law, J.D., 2002
  • College of the Holy Cross, B.A., 1996

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S District Court for the District of Colorado