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.
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.
CHRISTOPHER CLAY OLSON
Christopher Clay Olson is a partner at Harper Little in Charleston, South Carolina. With 15 years of litigation experience on behalf of insurance companies, regional and local businesses, Clay has maintained focus litigating commercial matters pertaining to contractors, retailers, franchisors, franchisees, developers, manufacturers, design professionals, insurance companies, and local businesses large and small.
Clay's industry focus has allowed him to litigate matters involving construction defects, premises liability, property damage, bodily injury, and insurance coverage. Through his roles as an attorney in private law firms, as corporate in-house counsel, and leadership positions with industry organizations such as the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Clay has the knowledge and expertise to efficiently navigate multiple-litigant suits in a cost-effective manner, which optimizes client outcomes.
As an associate attorney, Lauren handles estate planning matters and related litigation in our Charleston office. Lauren focuses on trust and probate administration. Her compassion and knowledge make her the right person to help families and individuals through the lengthy and arduous probate process. Lauren also helps clients create a plan to secure their assets, avoid probate, and reach their business and personal planning goals. Prior to joining Harper Little, Lauren worked for an estate planning law firm. Lauren received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the Charleston School of Law in May 2016. She was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in November 2016.