Harper Estes joined our firm in March of 1980 and has been an integral part of our practice ever since. He serves as lead trial counsel in civil litigation cases primarily related to the oil and gas industry and frequently serves as mediator and arbitrator, having conducted over 1,000 mediations and served on both domestic and International Arbitration Tribunals over the course of his career. Harper has argued cases before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, numerous Texas intermediate appellate courts and the Supreme Court of Texas. Regardless of the case or the circumstances, Harper’s primary goal is to help our clients achieve results, and help lawyers and their clients achieve a successful resolution in mediation and arbitration. He served as the President of the State Bar of Texas, has published numerous articles, book reviews and opinion columns in the Texas Bar Journal, and is a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education events.
Aside from his law school years in Waco, Harper has spent his entire life in West Texas. He and his wife Dee moved to Midland in 1980, raised their children here, and now enjoy watching their grandchildren grow up here. Harper occasionally sings with and writes songs for the Backsliders, a bluegrass-gospel group that regularly performs at retirement homes, churches, and “wherever they’ll have us (or are hard of hearing).”