James Harper 2022 low-res.jpg

JAMES HARPER

As the managing partner of Harper Little & McKenzie, 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 james@harperlittlelaw.com.   

 

TERRY LITTLE

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 & McKenzie, 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 terry@harperlittlelaw.com.  

Terry Little
Play Video
Terry 2022.jpg
 
Matt low res  taller.jpg

Matt McKenzie

Matt joined Harper Little, PLLC in September 2022 as a member, and the firm became Harper Little & McKenzie, PLLC.  His practice focuses primarily on real estate matters and loan closings, as well as estate matters.

 

After graduating from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2006, Matt joined the law firm of Tannehill & Carmean, PLLC, where he practiced for 16 years in real estate and other related matters--closing over 10,000 transactions during that time.  In November of 2013, Matt was voted one of Super Lawyer's Rising Stars of the Mid-South.

While in law school, Matt clerked for two years with Hughes & Hitt, P.A., assisting with real estate loan closings. Matt also clerked with The Scruggs Law Firm, assisting with case research and drafting memorandums for mass tort litigation. In his last year of law school, Matt clerked for Lafayette County Chancellor Edwin H. Roberts, Jr.

Matt is a native of Florence, Alabama. As the youngest of five children who all attended the University of Mississippi, Matt served as Sergeant-At-Arms of the Associated Student Body Senate. He also served as President of Phi Delta Theta, and was honored with the Arthur R. Priest award for being the top Phi Delta Theta member in the nation.

Matt has two daughters, Nora Gray and Murphey Deems, and one son, Chancellor Colle.

Matt can be contacted at matt@harperlittlelaw.com.  

 

Kathryn Hathorne

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 michelle@harperlittlelaw.com.  

Kathryn profile pic.jpg
 
Mandy.jpg

MANDY DUNAWAY

Mandy joined James Harper in 2017 and has witnessed the firm's growth to Harper Little & McKenzie. With 20 years of experience working with firms in Southwest Mississippi and Oxford where she has handled timber and real estate transactions, family law, estate planning and assisted with Youth Court matters and asbestos compensation. At Harper Little & McKenzie, she assists our attorneys with employment, business and litigation matters.

 

Contact Mandy for a consultation to discuss possible employment, business, or chancery matters at  mandy@harperlittlelaw.com

 

MICHELLE COVINGTON

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 michelle@harperlittlelaw.com.  

Michelle B copy_edited.jpg