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.
JAMES W. SAXTON, JR.
As an associate attorney, James (“Jim”) assists with construction and insurance defense litigation in our Charleston office. His well-rounded experience working with both plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury and insurance defense litigation enables him to serve an array of clients. His number one priority where every client is concerned is to understand their unique needs and to meet or exceed the expectations they have for their litigation goals.
Jim obtained his undergraduate degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and received his Juris Doctor at the Charleston School of Law, where he was recognized for providing over 100 hours of pro bono service during his legal studies. Prior to joining Harper Little, Jim worked with two boutique law firms in Charleston, litigating a wide variety of cases in both civil and criminal law, with an emphasis on insurance defense. He is a member of the American Bar Association, South Carolina Bar Association, and Make-A-Wish Foundation Committee with the Young Lawyer’s Division of the South Carolina Bar Association.
As an associate attorney, Amy handles family and criminal law and related litigation in our Oxford office. Amy received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Mississippi School of Law in May 2019. While a law student, Amy served as the president of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, and participated in a national mock trial competition for the fraternity. She spent three semesters as a student attorney for the Low-Income Housing Clinic at the UM School of Law, where she primarily dealt with housing and property law issues. She also worked as a law clerk for Harper Little and interned with the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office in Springfield, Missouri. Prior to law school, she interned with the U.S. Marshals Service in the Office of Security Contracts. Amy is originally from Hartsburg, Missouri, and she received her undergraduate degree in criminal justice from Florida International University in Miami, Florida.
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.