Originally hailing from North Carolina, Thomas Harper attended college at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, from which he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in political science. Thomas then attended Campbell University School of Law in Raleigh, NC, where he graduated cum laude in 2010.
Thomas has a long history of service to the nation, having originally enlisted as a Private in the U.S. Army Reserves in 2003. After completing the Army ROTC program, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 2007. After completing law school, Thomas entered active duty service as an attorney in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG Corps).
During his seven years of active duty service, Thomas practiced law in a variety of challenging positions. He handled numerous jury and bench trials during his time as both a prosecutor and defense attorney. Thomas also advised commanders on the rules of engagement and the law of war while deployed to Afghanistan. He currently serves as a JAG attorney in the U.S. Army Reserves, where he continues to protect the rights of service members. His military awards include the Bronze Star Medal and two Meritorious Service Medals, among others. Thomas is passionate about helping fellow veterans in need and leads the firm's veteran outreach efforts.
Thomas’ wife was also an active duty JAG Corps attorney and they welcomed their first child, Evelynne Rose, in June 2018. Thomas is an avid competitive runner and enjoys staying active. He writes a regular column that teaches about legal issues through the lens of Star Wars for The Legal Geeks, an American Bar Association Top 100 legal blog and podcast. Thomas has shared his love of Star Wars and the law on the national stage at numerous major gatherings, including San Diego Comic Con and Star Wars Celebration, Disney's official Star Wars convention.
Campbell University School Of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2010
- 2010 National Trial Team Member
- 2009 U.C. Davis Refugee & Asylum Law Moot Court Team Member
- 2009 American College of Trial Lawyers Moot Court Team Member
North Carolina State University, B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude, 2007
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Lehigh County Bar Association
- Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council
- Veterans of Foreign Wars