Abraham J. Harris, 69, a lawyer who had held several legal posts with the federal government, died Wednesday at his home in Chevy Chase after a heart attack.
He had been a partner in the law firm of Sher and Harris since 1951.
Born in St. Paul, Minn., Mr. Harris was a graduate of the University of Minnesota and of Harvard University Law School.
He came to Washington in 1938 as a member of the legal staff of the National Labor Relations Board. He transferred three years later to the chief counsels office in the bituminous coal division of the Interior Department.
During World War II, Mr. Harris was chief counsel of the rationing division of the Office of Price Administration. He became a special assistant to the attorney general in 1944, and in 1950 served as assistant solicitor general and then assistant attorney general in charge of the office of legal counsel. He belonged to D.C. and American Bar associations.
He was a past president of the Washington chapter of the American Jewish Committee and a former member of the Jewish Community Council.
He is survived by hiw wife, Harriet, of the home; two children Kathryn Gutow, of Nashville, Tenn., and Jeremy, of New York City; Three sister, Helen Periman, of Chicago, and Esther Strauss and Judith Rose, both of St. Paul, and four grandchildren.