Our History

HL&B, formerly known as The Harper Law Firm, PA, opened its doors on July 1, 1995, providing dedicated services in the areas of construction litigation, arbitration, mediation, and contract negotiation. Our attorneys have spent much of their careers devoted to the practice of law in the construction field and have participated in the handling of disputes involving a diverse array of projects in both the public and private sectors, whether commercial, industrial, institutional, multi­family and/or residential projects.


Our attorneys have extensive experience with dispute resolution involving negotiations, mediations, arbitrations, and litigation. Our attorneys recognize the significant drain, financial, emotional and otherwise, that claims, disputes and/or litigation place on a company. Therefore, we pride ourselves on educating and assisting our clients on good practices that are aimed at avoiding claims. However, when disputes arise, our commitment is to assist our clients in timely evaluation and honest assessment of claims with the goal of helping our clients manage their legal budget wisely. Our goal-oriented representation is intentionally directed toward reaching the appropriate business solution through litigation, mediation, arbitration, or settlement.

In Memory of Our Founder -Donald A. Harper

Donald A. Harper was the founder and presided as President of The Harper Law Firm, P.A. from 1995 until his death on March 1, 2007. Formerly a partner with the firm of Haynsworth, Marion, McKay & Guerard, he served as head of the Construction Law Department. Prior to becoming a member of the Haynsworth Firm in 1976, Mr. Harper was Assistant United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina. A 1971 graduate of University of South Carolina School of Law, Mr. Harper received a Bachelor’s Degree in 1968 from Clemson University.

He was a member of the bar of South Carolina and was admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States Claims Court.

Mr. Harper was a frequent speaker on construction law issues at legal education seminars, including the North Carolina/South Carolina Construction joint meetings. He has also spoken to engineer and contractor organizations, including the Piedmont Chapter of the ASCE, and Clemson University Construction Forum.