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. He has been board certified as a Workers’ Compensation Specialist by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization since 2000. He was one of the first ten lawyers in North Carolina inducted into the national College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. He is currently serving on the board of the national organization Workplace Injury Litigation Group (WILG). A frequent contributor at continuing legal education seminars sponsored by the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ), he has authored a chapter on medical compensation in one of the leading books on North Carolina workers’ compensation law. Richard is an active member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and served two terms as the chair of the Workers’ Compensation section. He has been formally honored by the section for his representation of injured workers and has also served on the NCAJ’s Executive Committee and on the Legislative Committee. In addition to the formal positions he has held with the NCAJ, Richard has represented the interests of injured workers in legislation drafting sessions at the General Assembly in Raleigh.
Richard served as a Deputy Commissioner with the North Carolina Industrial Commission for two years before he began practicing in Sylva. He has also worked in general civil litigation practices where he successfully represented land owners in condemnation cases involving mineral deposits.
Richard received his juris doctorate from the Campbell University School of Law, and graduated from the University of North Carolina with a B.A. in History.
Patti 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. Patti received her law degree cum laude from the Campbell University School of Law, and graduated from the University of North Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in English Education, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
David Harper has been practicing law since 2015. He focuses on workers’ compensation cases, and assists with mediations and litigation preparation, among other things. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law and Wheaton College, in Wheaton, Illinois, where he received a B.A. in International Relations and played four years of football.
Josh Harper earned his law degree, magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from the Wake Forest University School of Law in 2016. During law school, he was 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. Josh joined the family firm in 2018 after beginning his legal career at one of North Carolina’s largest law firms. He now focuses his practice on representing claimants in workers’ compensation matters, as well as assisting plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits.
Prior to attending law school, Josh served in the U.S. Army as an intelligence officer and paratrooper. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the Parachutist Badge.