Josh Harper - Sylva, NC Lawyer personal injury
Josh Harper - Sylva, NC Lawyer personal injury
Attorney Joshua O. Harper

J.D., magna cum laude, Wake Forest University School of Law

Attorney Joshua O. Harper

J.D., magna cum laude, Wake Forest University School of Law

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Josh Harper

Josh Harper represents injured workers in workers’ compensation cases and car wreck victims in personal injury lawsuits. He joined his family’s law firm in 2018 after beginning his legal career at one of North Carolina’s largest law firms.

Since joining the family firm, Josh has successfully represented workers’ compensation clients at hearings before the North Carolina Industrial Commission and in appeals to the Full Commission. He has also represented personal injury plaintiffs in lawsuits in both state and federal court.

Josh has helped write amicus briefs on behalf of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice in important workers’ compensation cases, including in Sturdivant v. State Dep’t of Pub. Safety, 288 N.C. App. 470, 887 S.E.2d 85 (2023). 

In 2024, Josh was named to the Super Lawyers: Rising Stars list for North Carolina, with a practice area of Workers’ Compensation.*  He was listed in Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury-Plaintiffs in 2022, 2023, and 2024.*

Josh earned his law degree, magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from the Wake Forest University School of Law. During law school, he served as a Notes & Comments Editor of the Wake Forest Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree, with distinction, from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was named to the Dean’s List every semester.

Prior to law school, Josh served in the U.S. Army from 2008 to 2013. He participated in more than twenty parachute jumps while stationed at Fort Bragg. In 2012, he deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan as the intelligence officer for a military police battalion. After returning from Afghanistan, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal (Meritorious).

Outside of work, Josh enjoys spending time with his wife and 5 kids, lifting weights, and watching and playing sports with his oldest son.

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Contact Information

Phone: (828) 586-3305
Mail: P.O. Box 395, Sylva, N.C., 28779

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  • J.D., magna cum laude, Wake Forest University School of Law, 2016
    • Class rank in top five percent (5%)
    • Notes & Comments Editor, Wake Forest Law Review
    • CALI award for highest grades in: Workers’ Compensation, Torts, Criminal Law, Agency, Products Liability, Litigation Externship Clinic
  • B.A., with distinction, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2007

Legal Experience

  • Attorney, The Harper Law Firm, PLLC: April 2018 to present
  • Litigation Associate, Smith Moore Leatherwood, LLP (now Fox Rothschild, LLP): September 2016 to April 2018


  • N.C. Advocates for Justice: Workers’ Compensation Section
  • N.C. Bar Association: Workers’ Compensation Section

Military Experience and Awards

  • U.S. Army: September 2008 to June 2013
  • Bronze Star Medal (Meritorious), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Parachutist Badge

Our  Attorneys

Attorney Richard B. Harper

Richard Harper has been practicing law since 1981 and has owned his own law practice in Sylva since 1993. His practice focuses on representing injured workers in the workers’ compensation system and others with personal injuries.

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Attorney Patti Owen Harper

Patti Owen Harper began practicing law in 1981.
In recent years her practice has focused on workers’ compensation, while she has previous experience in wills and estates. She also serves as the firm’s office manager.

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Attorney Joshua O. Harper

Josh Harper joined the family firm after beginning his legal career as a litigation associate at one of North Carolina’s largest law firms.

Josh now focuses his practice on representing claimants in workers’ compensation matters, as well as assisting plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits.

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Phone: (828) 586-3305
Fax:     (828) 586-4795

Monday – Friday  |  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Closed for Lunch | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Saturday |  Appointment Only
Sunday | Closed

The Harper Law Firm, PLLC 

P.O. Box 395
1336 Savannah Drive
Sylva, North Carolina 28779 


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