Harper Law was established on a commitment to building a different kind of law firm, where people can get straight answers about their legal problems and make an informed decision about whether they need a lawyer to help them resolve those problems.
I founded Harper Law PLC in 2004 with the goal of doing exactly that, and since then Harper Law has counseled thousands of people about their legal situations, offering insight and advice to help them make important decisions with a full understanding of the legal implications of those decisions. Many of those people have also become clients of the firm, but most have not, and I'm perfectly happy with that. In fact, I believe that most people are better off without having lawyers involved in their lives (at least on a professional basis), and where possible I try to help people avoid the legal system. When that is not possible, however, we are prepared to step in help navigate that system to a successful conclusion.
Although there are historical distinctions between the terms lawyer, attorney, and counselor at law, these distinctions have mostly disappeared in the United States. In modern parlance, a lawyer or attorney is simply someone who is a licensed member of the legal profession who is authorized to represent a client in a legal matter. For better or worse, law schools have been pumping these out for decades and, for lack of a better cliché, they are a dime a dozen.
Less common is a true legal counselor - meaning someone who is willing to discuss your case with you and help you understand your risks, opportunities, and options. When I founded Harper Law almost a decade ago I committed myself to create a practice where I would never pressure a client to bring a case that shouldn't be brought, even in some cases where the case might have legal merit. Instead, I understood that sometimes [often] the legal system is not the best way to resolve a dispute or handle a problem, even when the legal system might represent the best profit opportunity for the lawyer. In those cases, a lawyer who is willing to provide wise legal counsel provides a priceless service.
On the other hand, there are situations where the services of an attorney are absolutely necessary, and clients deserve a capable representative to help navigate an increasingly complex legal system.
Depending on the facts and circumstances of your case, we may or may not be able to offer legal representation, but we can provide the information that you need to understand and address your legal situation, whatever it is. If your case does merit or require formal representation by an Arizona attorney, we'll discuss your goals and expectations, determine a recommended course of action, and explain exactly how much our legal services will cost.
At the end of the day, I can't guarantee any outcome, but I can assure you that we'll do everything possible to earn your your business and your lifelong friendship.
I grew up in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington in the 1970's and 1980's, living in Boise (several times), Walla Walla, Kennewick, Beaverton, Twin Falls, and Idaho Falls. My dad managed and owned restaurants and we moved frequently as he got new jobs and promotions, or on one occasion opened his own restaurant named Kevz (after me). Not surprisingly, with a name like that, it didn't make it.
To be honest, I loved moving every year or two, and I think my dad did too. But my mom and sister probably not so much. I have a little brother as well, but he was too young to know any different. I looked at each move as a chance to explore new things and get a fresh start at school with new friends. Not that I didn't like the friends I had or had any real problems at school, I just always enjoyed a new beginning.
By the time I was in junior high we had settled in Boise, where my family stayed until after I graduated from high school. After wandering the world for a couple of years I returned to Boise where I graduated with a degree in English and Linguistics in 1995. Facing a choice between an academic career in linguistics and the law, I chose law school.
I chose to attend law school at the University of Arizona in Tucson, graduating in 1998. After law school I worked for law firms in Tucson, Boise and Phoenix, and then decided I just couldn't keep working for somebody else.