Harper Hutson is an associate attorney with Cromer Babb & Porter and has been with the firm since 2021.
Harper is passionate about representing South Carolinians in a variety of labor and employment law matters in both the private and public sector. Her practice mainly focuses on Title VII discrimination, harassment, breach of contract, wrongful termination, retaliation, wage claims, civil torts, and general business litigation.
Originally from Hartsville, South Carolina, Harper was raised by a CPA mother and an automotive technician father, giving her an understanding and appreciation for the difficulties faced by South Carolina employees across industries.
Harper graduated with honors from Presbyterian College where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Harper also minored in French and studied abroad in Lyon, France where she took classes at IDRAC Business School.
What started as a dream when she was 10 years old, Harper has worked in the legal field since she was 17 years old, first as a legal assistant to a criminal defense attorney in Hartsville. Between undergrad and law school, Harper worked in the small legal department of a Fortune 500 company performing entity management and foreign investment analysis.
Harper received her law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law where she was a dedicated member of the Mock Trial Bar, serving as the Associate Justice of Administration her 3L year. She competed in four competitions, going head-to-head against some of the top student advocates in the country. In the fall of her 2L year, Harper was named Champion of the King of the Hill National Mock Trial Competition, with her team outscoring teams from 32 other law schools. During law school, she was also a member of the Labor and Employment Law Society and frequently served with the Pro Bono program across the state. Before even graduating law school, Harper appeared in Columbia Municipal Court as a Student Attorney in the Criminal Practice Clinic where she secured a favorable resolution for her client. Harper also participated in a capstone course where she learned the ins and outs of federal court from a former US Attorney and Department of Justice employees.
Pairing her courtroom experience with candid advice, Harper enjoys representing employees in both state and federal court and in front of governmental agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, South Carolina Human Affairs Commission, and the SC Department of Employment and Workforce.
Outside of the office, Harper enjoys running, napping, and spoiling her precious cat, Willow.