Vice President Human Resources, General Counsel
Catherine ‘Ree’ Harper, a native of Bessemer, Alabama, received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting) from Auburn University in 1990. She was an officer and member of Beta Alpha Psi accounting honor society and worked with the Auburn Student Accounting Association and the University Programs Council. She began her legal career as a paralegal working in the areas of medical malpractice, worker’s compensation, insurance defense, and environmental litigation. Ree graduated with honors from Birmingham School of Law in 1996, where she was a member of Sigma Delta Kappa legal honor society and vice president of her class. The same year, she became a member of the Alabama State Bar, after which she practiced in the areas of commercial litigation, creditor’s rights, and bankruptcy.
Prior to joining an Alabama law firm in January of 2012, she expanded her practice to include human resources policies and practices focusing on Form I-9 and E-Verify compliance for employers. She has conducted human resources and I-9 audits and developed workplace policies and procedures manuals. She continues to offer assistance to employers in issues related to compliance with federal and state employment law. Her accounting and legal background, together with her expertise in employment issues, provide Lyons HR with a unique resource for our current and future clients.
Ree is an active volunteer with numerous community and church-related organizations in the Birmingham metropolitan area.