Cherell Harris is an attorney in Smith Anderson’s Technology Transactions practice.  

Prior to joining Smith Anderson, Cherell spent most of her career in the pharmaceutical and biotech arenas, and most recently worked as Associate Director of Network Strategy at the Durham Human Vaccine Institute, where she managed projects and the overall portfolio of programs to manufacture vaccines for Phase I clinical trials. She also worked for Merck Inc. as an Associate Director of Quality Risk Management, Quality Systems and Compliance and Technical Operations, at Bausch & Lomb Inc. as a Senior Quality Engineer and Black Belt Specialist and as a Six Sigma Black Belt and Manufacturing Quality Supervisor for Hospira Inc. Cherell is a Project Management Professional (PMP ®) and a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

Cherell enjoys yoga, dance, investing, cooking vegan food and spending time with family.

Areas of Focus



  • North Carolina Central University, J.D., magna cum laude, 2019
    • Staff Editor, Science and Intellectual Property Law Review
    • Staff Editor, Environmental Law Review
    • USPTO Patent and Trademark Clinics- Certified Student Attorney
    • Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society
  • North Carolina A&T State University, M.S. in Engineering, cum laude, 1997
  • Spelman College, B.S. in Chemistry, cum laude, 1994

Bar & Court Admissions



  • Wake County Tenth Judicial District Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Minorities in the Profession Committee Member
      • Chair, Blog Subcommittee
    • Young Lawyers Division Member
      • Co-Chair, Legal LINK Subcommittee
  • Board Member, Telamon Corporation


  • Represented a private equity fund in its acquisition of a leading digital patient recruitment company.


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