Attorney Michael Harper is an expert litigator and a recovery law specialist.  He is a strong advocate with years of experience in the legal, education, employment and behavioral health settings.  He understands deeply the progression of behavioral health challenges within the family, the stages and pathways of recovery and how best to access the specialized resources needed to access and sustain longterm recovery.


Mr. Harper engages with and advises each client differently, depending upon their unique situation.  If appropriate, he collaborates closely with the individual, family and treatment to achieve the best legal results and achieve recovery goals.  Areas of expertise include legal consultation and representation for the following:


Youth/Young Adults
  • Intervention support for risky behavior/early warning signs
  • Education Law: school discipline, bullying, IEP, 504 Plans, SAP, recovery suports and trauma-informed advocacy
  • Citations for underage drinking or open containers
  • Juvenile Justice: all cases including consent decrees and expungements
  • Intervention support
  • Employment Law: professional license issues, leave of absence, termination
  • Criminal Defense: all cases including homicide, felony drugs, DUI, possession of drugs and Specialty Court Programs such as  Drug Court and Mental Health Court

Serious Mental Illness
  • Intervention & Crisis support
  • Mental Health Commitment Process (302, voluntary commitments, etc.)
  • Advance Mental Health Directives
  • Advocacy within County mental health systems for specialized resources
  • Criminal Defense and CJ Diversion
  • Guardianship & Power of Attorney
  • Special Needs Trusts, Disability Benefits & Financial Planning
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