Harley’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and product liability litigation. He has particular knowledge in litigating commercial disputes involving chemical coatings and marine paint systems. He has an in-depth knowledge of the superyacht industry, including the contractual issues and disputes arising out of the construction of such vessels. Harley also has significant experience defending manufacturers of prescription pharmaceuticals and medical devices in products liability claims, typically involving federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) and consolidated state-court actions.

Harley’s practice often involves matters with cross-border aspects and international parties. He has served as lead counsel in claims pending in Germany, Italy, Japan, France, Hong Kong, Montenegro and Argentina. Harley has extensive experience with cross-border discovery issues and has appeared before the Federal District Court in Dusseldorf, Germany. In addition to his litigation experience, Harley has provided counsel to foreign and domestic product manufacturers in dealings with U.S. regulatory bodies. Harley has specific experience with the Consumer Product Safety Commission and has been responsible for negotiating, implementing and effectuating nationwide product recalls on behalf of foreign clients.

Harley graduated with honors from Tulane Law School, where he was the recipient of the Honors Distinction for Outstanding Performance in Trial Advocacy. Before attending law school, he worked as a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and the Austin American-Statesman newspapers, where he covered collegiate and professional sports. Harley received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and was the recipient of several national writing awards.

Publications

Alison M. Newstead and Harley V. Ratliff (Contributing Editors), Getting The Deal Through: Product Recall in 22 Jurisdictions Worldwide (Law Business Research Ltd. 2013-2016).

Alison M. Newstead and Harley V. Ratliff, Global Overview, Getting The Deal Through: Product Recall in 22 Jurisdictions Worldwide (2013-2016).

Harley V. Ratliff and Devin K. Ross, United States, Getting The Deal Through: Product Recall in 22 Jurisdictions Worldwide 2013-2016).

Harley V. Ratliff (Contributing Author), Rantings of a Partner... and Pushback from the Associate (Bart L. Greenwald ed., American Bar Association/First Chair Press 2011).

Gregory L. Fowler, Harley V. Ratliff and Devin K. Ross, United States, Getting The Deal Through: Product Recall in 26 Jurisdictions Worldwide (2011-2012). 

Harley V. Ratliff, "Becoming a Superstar Senior Associate," ABA Section of Litigation Annual Conference (New York, New York), April 21-23, 2010.

Gregory L. Fowler, Harley V. Ratliff and Jeffrey D. Mitchell, United States, Getting The Deal Through: Product Recall in 20 Jurisdictions Worldwide 2010. 

Harley V. Ratliff, So It Turns Out I’m a Senior Associate . . . , Mass Torts, Volume 7, No. 3 (ABA Section of Litigation), Summer 2009. 

Harley V. Ratliff and Laura C. Fey, A Brave New World: The Dawn of Hyper-Complex Litigation (updated), Bloomberg Corporate Law Journal, Winter 2009. 

A Brave New World: The Dawn of Hyper-Complex Litigation - How the influx of imported products, the rise of cross-border and multinational litigation, and diminished injury requirements mean big products liability headaches for manufacturers in the years to come, Bloomberg Law Reports: Litigation, Volume 2, No. 27, July 7, 2008. 

Eric E. Hudson and Harley V. Ratliff, Blogging 101: An Interview with Mark Herrmann and James Beck of the "Drug and Device Blog," Mass Torts, Volume 6, No. 2 (ABA Section of Litigation), Winter 2008. 

Eric E. Hudson, Paul Rheingold and Harley V. Ratliff, Mass Torts Litigation: Looking Back but Heading Forward, ABA Section of Litigation Joint CLE Conference (Snowmass, Colorado), January 11-13, 2008. 

Harley V. Ratliff, Winning, Mass Torts, Volume 5, No. 3 (ABA Section of Litigation), Summer 2007. 

Harley V. Ratliff, Finding Your Voice, Mass Torts, Volume 5, No. 2 (ABA Section of Litigation), Spring 2007. 

Presentations

Presenter, Regulation of Drug Manufacturing, FDLI Introduction to Drug Law and Regulation: The Legal Framework for Drug Regulation, FDLI, August 27-28, 2015, Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Presenter, Products Liability Trends Outside the US and Canada, Association of Equipment Manufacturers' Gateway to Product Safety, April 23, 2015, St. Louis, Missouri.

Co-Presenter, Total Recalls: Counsel Perspective on Processes for Streamlining the Response to Product Issues and Effectively Working with the CPSC, ACI’s Consumer Products Regulation & Litigation Conference, June 26, 2013, Chicago, Illinois.

Presenter, FDLI/CDER In-House Training: Introduction to Drug Law and Regulation, Food and Drug Administration, May 10, 2011.

Moderator, Working with Experts 101 - The Do’s and Don’ts Every Young Lawyer Should Know, ABA Section of Litigation Joint CLE Conference, January 23, 2009, Vail, Colorado.

Co-Presenter, Mass Torts Litigation: Looking Back but Heading Forward, ABA Section of Litigation Joint CLE Conference, January 13, 2008, Snowmass, Colorado.

Co-Presenter, Update On Recent Mass Torts Cases ABA Section of Litigation Annual Meeting, April 14, 2007, San Antonio, Texas.