OUR HISTORY


Patrick, Harper & Dixon, LLP traces its beginnings to October 1, 1946, when four prominent Hickory attorneys created the law firm of Aiken, Patrick, Murphy & Harper. Each of John W. Aiken, Bailey Patrick, Joseph L. Murphy and F. Gwyn Harper, Jr., had successful legal careers; however, they recognized the unique potential in combining their skills and expertise to form a new firm committed to providing quality client service for their community. Mr. Patrick and Mr. Harper continued the practice after the deaths of John Aiken & Joseph Murphy, and in 1952 they hired a new young lawyer, Charles D. Dixon, as the firm’s first associate. After four years, Mr. Dixon became a partner, and the firm was renamed Patrick Harper & Dixon.

OUR COMMITMENT


Today, we are Patrick, Harper & Dixon, LLP, a full service firm committed to upholding the highest standards of professional excellence established 71 years ago. Our firm has the ability to handle not only the basic legal needs of individuals, but also the complex needs of corporate and business clients. We take great pride in providing high-quality legal services across a wide variety of practice areas including: Business and Corporate Law, Estate Planning and Administration, Litigation, Real Property, Employment Law, Elder and Special Needs Law, Family Law, Health Care Law, Arbitration and Mediation, and Governmental Regulation.

Our team of experienced attorneys and staff are here to help you with your legal needs.

IN MEMORIAM: CHARLES D. DIXON (1925-2016)


 

Education

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – A.B. Economics, 1949
    • Past member of Phi Beta Kappa
    • Past member of Tau Beta Pi
  • Harvard Law School – L.L.B., 1952

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Awarded an Honorary Doctorates Degree by Lenoir-Rhyne College, 2005

Admissions/Memberships

ADMISSIONS

  • North Carolina

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Catawba County Bar Association – Past Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association – Past Member
  • American Bar Association – Past Member

Recognition/Community

RECOGNITION & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Inducted into the North Carolina Bar Association General Practice Hall of Fame – 2003
  • Named Business Leader of the Year by Lenoir-Rhyne Business Council – 2002
  • North Carolina Bar Association Justice Fund Honor

RECOGNITION & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Past Member and Elder of First Presbyterian Church of Hickory
  • Catawba County Economic Development Corporation – served as a member for six years and as chairman from 2004 – 2006
  • Served as president of the Hickory Jaycees and received Jaycee’s Distinguished Service Award (1958)
  • Served as president of the Hickory Kiwanis Club
  • Served as president of the Hickory Chamber of Commerce
  • Served as co-chairman and president of Greater Hickory United Fund
  • Former member board of trustees, Lenoir-Rhyne College
  • Served as president of the Catawba County Bar Association and 25th Judicial District Bar Association
  • Served in the United States Army (1945 – 1947) as an Army Intelligence Officer, stationed with the Army of Occupation of Japan (1946 – 1947)