Thomas L. Harper
Thomas L. Harper is an associate who concentrates his legal practice in the areas of business and real estate transactions, leasing, litigation and arbitration, as well as zoning, land use, and municipal law. Thomas came to Zator Law after spending years honing his courtroom skills as a trial attorney in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps and at a local litigation firm. He spent more than seven years on active duty as an officer and attorney with the Army JAG Corps. As a JAG attorney, he specialized in a variety of areas of the law, including criminal law, consumer protection law and estate planning. Thomas also deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, where he advised on rules of engagement, the law of armed conflict, and international law. He continues to serve the country in the Army Reserve as a JAG attorney and holds the rank of Major.
Thomas has dedicated his entire legal career standing up for others who need an expert advocate. He has been tested time and again, having tried numerous jury and bench trials, represented countless clients in high stakes cases, and even practiced law in a combat zone. Thomas brings that same dedication, passion, and expertise to Zator Law.
As the son of two public school teachers, Thomas also has a zeal for teaching about the law. He authored a cover story for the North Carolina Lawyer about an experience practicing law in Afghanistan, entitled “A Lawyer Among Navy SEALs.” Thomas has also authored numerous articles for The Legal Geeks, an American Bar Association Top 100 Blog, using pop culture to teach about a wide range of legal principles. He also won the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s 2019 Legal Fiction Contest with his story titled “Victor’s Justice.”
In addition to writing about the law, he has extensive experience speaking on legal topics. He has presented at the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Workers’ Compensation Seminar and the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Workers’ Compensation 101 event. Thomas has also presented on legal topics at San Diego Comic Con, Star Wars Celebration (Disney’s official Star Wars convention), and at Nerd Nite events in New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.
Thomas is a member of the Veterans & Military Council Business Initiative of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.
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More About Thomas
Originally hailing from North Carolina, Thomas graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. At NC State, he earned his commission as an officer in the U.S. Army through the Army ROTC program. Thomas also served in the Student Legislature and was the Vice President of the university’s Model United Nations.
Thomas then pursued his law degree at Campbell University School of Law, receiving the Major Sam Byrd and Richard A. Lord Scholarship and graduating cum laude. He served as President of the Delta Thea Phi Law Fraternity, and President of the Student Recruitment Team. Thomas also served as a Teaching Scholar during his final year, helping tutor first year law students. He participated extensively in competitive teams, including as a member of the U.C. Davis Refugee & Asylum Law Moot Court Team, the National Trial Team, and the American College of Trial Lawyers Moot Court Team.
Thomas has earned many military honors including the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (with three oak leaf clusters) and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, among others.
Thomas has made his home in Lower Macungie with his wife and daughter. To call him a Star Wars nerd is not an insult – he wears it proudly and is considered quite the expert! He is an avid runner, which comes in handy trying to keep up with his young daughter.
Tom’s Recent Posts
Thomas Harper has finished teaching two classes to the senior cadets of the Lehigh University Army ROTC program this week. These cadets will be commissioned as 2nd Lieutenants in the Army in the spring, so their curriculum focuses on areas that will finalize their...
Congratulations to Thomas Harper on winning the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Legal Fiction contest for his story “Victor’s Justice”! The guidelines for the story were that it had to be in some way connected to the law or lawyers and that it be...
Marissa Harper has been appointed to the Board of the Justin Sheftel Memorial Fund. The mission of the Fund is to celebrate Justin by providing athletic and educational opportunities for underserved youth in the greater Lehigh Valley. The fund does this by raising...