Raised in Beaufort, Mr. Harper is a graduate of Mossy Oaks Elementary School and Beaufort Academy. Upon graduation from high school in 1985, Mr. Harper enrolled at the Washington and Lee University. He played guard for the men’s basketball team and was a multi-year letterman. He also was awarded an ROTC Scholarship while a undergraduate student in Lexington, Virigina. The summer before his senior year, he completed both the Army ROTC Advanced Camp in Fort Bragg, North Carolina and the Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Georgia.
In 1989, Mr. Harper graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration, cum laude, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserves. He completed the Officer Basic School in Hampton, Virginia in 1990, and relocated to Columbia, South Carolina, enrolling in the University of South Carolina School of Law.
While in Law School, Mr. Harper completed certification training as a Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem and was a volunteer coach for church league basketball. Mr. Harper was employed part-time by David Whitener, Esquire, a practicing attorney in Columbia and also an adjunct professor of Real Estate Law.
Upon graduation and sitting for the South Carolina Bar Exam, Mr. Harper returned to Beaufort, South Carolina and joined the firm Harper and Harper, founded by his grandfather (USC Law, ‘33) and father (USC Law, ‘63). Mr. Harper was honorably discharged from the Army Reserves in 1997, having attained the rank of Captain.
In 2009, Mr Harper merged with the Law Office of J. Thomas Mikell and Weidner and Wegmann to form the Law Offices of Mikell, Weidner, Wegmann & Harper, LLC. Mr. Harper is admitted to practice in the State & Federal Courts of South Carolina, and is a member of the South Carolina and Beaufort Bar Associations. Mr. Harper also is a Certified Guardian Ad Litem, has volunteered with CAPA, the YMCA, Sea Island Rotary and other volunteer organizations.
Mr. Harper describes himself as a “community lawyer”, his practice being grown through personal relationships with and referrals by friends in the wider Beaufort Community, a community in which, as he says, “he was blessed to have been welcomed and raised.” The focus of Mr. Harper’s practice entails the representation of clients in all aspects of real property transactions, litigation, corporate law, wills, estates and probate.
He is married to Mary Heyward Harper (formerly Stevens), also of Beaufort, and together they are raising two sons, Lawton and Luke. His interests include fishing, hunting, history, cooking (member of the South Carolina Barbeque Association), coaching sports, and, especially, sharing time with family and friends.