Derek L. Harper

Derek L. Harper

Derek is a native of Lancaster, South Carolina and a graduate of Lancaster High School. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 2007 from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. While at Presbyterian, Derek was named to the Dean’s List, worked in the student center, and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity. Immediately following undergraduate school, Derek entered law school and earned his Juris Doctor degree in 2010. While attending law school, Derek studied abroad at the St. Mary’s University Institute on World Legal Problems in Innsbruck, Austria, where he studied under an international faculty, including United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

Practice Areas
Bar Admissions
Professional Associations and Memberships
Practice Areas
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Personal Injury
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Premises Liability
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Divorce and Separation
  • Family Law
  • Charlotte School of Law, Charlotte, North Carolina
    • Juris Doctor, 2010
  • Presbyterian College, Clinton, South Carolina
    • Bachelor of Science, 2007
Bar Admissions
  • South Carolina, 2011
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Lancaster County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Association for Justice
  • National Trial Lawyers 40 Under 40


After completing his education, Derek decided that the best use of his legal education would be to serve his hometown area. He began his legal career at a small law firm in Lancaster, where he represented clients on a broad range of matters, including domestic, civil, criminal, and probate issues. Derek joined the Schiller & Hamilton team in 2016 to lead the firm’s Lancaster office, which services the communities of Lancaster, and Kershaw, as well as surrounding counties of Chester, Kershaw, and Chesterfield. Derek continues to enjoy providing legal services to those in his hometown and surrounding communities and focuses his practice on personal injury, automobile accidents, worker’s compensation, and family law.


Derek is an avid outdoorsman when not practicing law, and enjoys hunting and fishing throughout the year. He was awarded the Eagle Scout rank in 2001 while a member of Troop 72 of the Boy Scouts of America in Lancaster. Derek currently serves as an Area Chairman of Ducks Unlimited, leading the Lancaster County Chapter’s committee of volunteers to raise money and awareness to preserve and protect wetland habitat. In 2013, Derek completed the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce’s “Leadership Lancaster” program, a course designed to educate potential community leaders about the history, needs, and goals of Lancaster County. Derek and his wife, Natalie, are active in their church and community and enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends.

award Derek was selected to the National Trial Lawyers 40 Under 40.
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Schiller & Hamilton Law Firm
Rock Hill Personal Injury Lawyer
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