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Ernest Harper

Hilburn & Harper, Ltd. Mourns Loss of Partner Ernie Harper

Hilburn & Harper, Ltd., is saddened to announce the death of Ernest “Ernie” H. Harper, Jr., a managing partner and talented leader, on February 3, 2023.

As a member for more than 45 years, Ernie was deeply devoted to the firm. During his decades of legal practice, he developed a wide array of experience in commercial matters, mentored many young attorneys and helped innumerable clients.

Raised in Little Rock, Ark., Ernie was a Little Rock Catholic High School graduate. He went on to attend Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., where he earned his undergraduate degree. Ernie then attended and graduated from the Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas, Texas, where he obtained his Juris Doctor degree.

“At a time like this, we find ourselves at a loss for words,” said Sam Hilburn, a managing partner at the Firm. “Ernie was an outstanding attorney and will be deeply missed by his partners and our law firm.”

A dedicated professional in the industry, Ernie’s work earned him many accolades over the years, including earning and being named a “Preeminent,” “Super,” “Top-Rated,” and “Best” lawyer by numerous national and local publications. His leadership has led Hilburn & Harper, Ltd. to the service-minded and excellent practice it is today.

For more information, read Ernie’s obituary here.

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