business and contact law, employment law, commercial litigation, civil litigation


As the managing partner of Harper Little, James enjoys an active practice in the firm's Oxford, Mississippi, office. James has 20 years of experience in business and contract law, employment law, commercial litigation, and state and federal civil litigation of all kinds. He has a master’s degree in mediation and provides mediation services and negotiation training for legal and organizational conflict. He has represented businesses in all courts in Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. Prior to forming Harper Little, James served as a founding partner of Stroud & Harper, P.C., in Southaven, Mississippi, where he focused on employment, real estate, and civil litigation in Mississippi and Tennessee, and earlier as an associate at Weintraub, Stock, Bennett, Grisham & Underwood in Memphis, a labor and employment management firm.


James is a member of the Trial Lawyers College and certified by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard University. He has served on the Board of United Way of Oxford & Lafayette County, as well as other local boards and at his church in Oxford.  He may be contacted at   



Terry Little enjoys a diverse practice consisting of transactional real estate and litigation-related matters in the firm’s Oxford, Mississippi, office. With 20 years in the legal field, Terry’s practice is currently focused in the areas of residential and commercial real estate closings, refinances, title examination, title issues, 1031 tax deferred exchanges, residential and commercial leases, boundary line agreements and disputes, easements, and timber-related litigation. Terry also has extensive experience in the areas of insurance defense and the defense of governmental entities under the Mississippi Tort Claims Act, having spent the vast majority of his career at a regional insurance defense firm. Terry has represented policyholders and national insurers in liability and coverage matters, where he has tried several cases to verdict. In addition to real estate, his practice area includes governmental liability, premises liability, products liability, transportation law, construction defects, professional liability, wrongful death, and other catastrophic injury claims. 


Prior to joining Harper Little, Terry served as in-house counsel at a regional energy corporation, was a partner in a regional insurance defense firm, and operated a real estate title company. He may be contacted at  

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residential  & commercial real estates cloings
paralegal/legal assistant 
employment, business, and litigation matters


Mandy joined Harper Little in 2017 as a paralegal/legal assistant. She has 15+ years of experience working with firms in Southwest Mississippi and Oxford where she handled timber and real estate transactions, family law, estate planning and assisted with Youth Court matters and asbestos compensation.  At Harper Little, she assists our attorneys with employment,  business, and litigation matters. 


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Michelle Covington, real estate closing manager, has more than 15 years of experience handling real estate closing transactions in the state of Mississippi. A Texas native, Michelle attended Amarillo College to obtain an accounting degree before she began her banking career. In 2002, Michelle and her family moved to north Mississippi, where she continued in banking until 2004, when she received an opportunity in Oxford in the real estate industry. Although born and raised in Amarillo, she has happily adopted the Oxford community as home and thrives on bringing families closer to this unique town. Michelle has been an ambassador for the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce for three years, a member of the North Mississippi Board of Realtors for 15 years and named affiliate of the year twice. She may be contacted at  

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