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Richard B. Harper

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Location:
Sylva, North Carolina
Phone:
877-873-1312 ((Toll-Free))
828-586-3305 ((Local))
Fax:
828-586-4795
Email:

Areas of Practice

  • Workers Compensation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation Law, North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, 2000

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 1990
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1987

Education

  • Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Buies Creek, North Carolina
    • J.D. - 1981
    • Law Review: Campbell University School of Law Review, Member, 1980 - 1981
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • B.A. - 1975
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: History

Published Works

  • The Anatomy of a Claim for Mineral Deposits (Condemnation) Condemnation Law - North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Publication), April, 1989
  • When Barney Brakes Bad
  • Overview of Workers Compensation Act, NCATL at Research Triangle Park, NC. Presented paper entitled “Overview of Workers’ Compensation Act.”, Feb. 21, 1992
  • Workplace Torts and Workers Compensation, NCATL in Raleigh, NC. Presented paper entitled “Top Ten Things That Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Do To Hurt Their Clients’ Cases.”, Nov. 18, 1994
  • Third Annual Workers’ Compensation Roundtable, NCATL in Raleigh, NC. Presented paper entitled “Protecting Future Medicals.” , Sept. 12, 1997
  • NC Academy of Trial Lawyers” (currently NC Advocates for Justice) – Wrote article entitled “Barriers to Justice: Telling the Story, Trial Briefs Magazine. Wrote article entitled “Barriers to Justice: Telling the Story,” a case involving self-employed worker killed on the job; family unable to recover because of doctrine of contributory negligence in North Carolina., May, 2002
  • Eleventh Annual Workers’ Compensation Round Table, NCATL in Raleigh, NC. Participated in panel discussion and presentation on “CMS and Medicare Set-Asides and Allocations.”, March 4, 2005
  • When Mediators Listen, People Talk: Understanding the Law, the Parties and the Process, 13th Dispute Resolution Section Annual Meeting sponsored by the NC Bar Association Foundation in Cary, NC - Participated in a Round Table Discussion as a panel member on the topic “Was My Face Red – Mediation Mistakes from Which We Can Learn.” , May 5, 2006
  • When Mediators Listen, People Talk: Understanding the Law, the Parties and the Process, 13th Dispute Resolution Section Annual Meeting sponsored by the NC Bar Association Foundation in Cary, NC - Presented a lecture/paper with Vachelle Willis entitled “Workers’ Compensation and Legal Update and Medicare Primer.” , May 5, 2006
  • CMS, Structured Settlements, Appellate and Industrial Commission Mistakes, NCATL Workplace Torts and Workers’ Compensation CLE Seminar sponsored by the NC Advocates of Justice (formerly NC Academy of Trial Lawyers) in Chapel Hill, NC. Participated in a panel discussion on “Ramifications of the Year’s Most Important Appellate Court Decisions.” , Dec. 7, 2007
  • NCAJ Workplace Torts Seminar, NC Advocates of Justice in Chapel Hill, NC. Prepared and presented paper entitled “Handling Complex Rating Cases – Is N.C. Gen. Stat. Sect. 97-31 Your Most Favorable Remedy?”, Dec. 5, 2008
  • Navigating Claims Through the Industrial Commission, NC Advocates of Justice in Raleigh, NC. Prepared paper and oral presentation on “Legal Aspects of Work Restrictions and Limitations.”, May 7, 2010
  • NCAJ 16th Annual Workers’ Comp Roundtable, NC Advocates of Justice in Raleigh, NC. Prepared and presented paper entitled “Annuities: When They Are Beneficial and When They Should be Avoided” , March 4, 2011

Honors and Awards

  • Selected for inclusion by SuperLawyers, 2008 - 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member
  • Work Place Injury Litigation Group, Member
  • American Advocates for Justice, Member
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Member
  • NCAJ Workers' Compensation Section, Workers' Rights Committee
  • NCAJ Workers' Compensation Section, Executive Committee
  • NC Republican Lawyers Association , Founding Member
  • Christian Legal Society, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Harper & Harper, Attorneys, Durham, NC, Partner, 1981 - 1984
  • Richard B. Harper, Durham, NC, Sole Practitioner, 1984 - 1987
  • North Carolina Industrial Commission, Deputy Commissioner, 1987 - 1989
  • Hollerman & Stam, Attorneys, Apex, NC, Associate
  • Coward, Hicks, et al., Sylva, NC, Associate
  • Coward, Hicks & Harper, Sylva, NC, Partner, 1991 - 1993

Languages

  • Spanish

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Alpha Delta

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Harper Law Office
P.O. Box 395
1336 Savannah Drive
Sylva, NC 28779
Phone: (Toll-Free) 877-873-1312
(Local) 828-586-3305
Fax: 828-586-4795

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