Harper Earns LL.M. From Georgetown

Howard Bailey Financial is pleased to announce that John. H. Harper, Esq., has earned his LL.M. Harper currently serves as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Howard Bailey, a role he has held since 2020.

“The time I’ve spent attending Georgetown University Law Center has made me a better attorney and a better compliance leader,” said Harper. “The skills I’ve learned will help ensure Howard Bailey remains progressive in RIA compliance and will help us develop conscientious professionals throughout our organization.”

Harper earned his bachelor's degree from Auburn University Montgomery, his J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, and now his LL.M. in Securities and Financial Regulation from Georgetown University Law Center.

“I'm proud to acknowledge the extraordinary dedication and commitment John has displayed in pursuing his LL.M in addition to his Juris Doctorate that he already holds,” said Matt Chambers, Chief Operating Officer. "His decision to further his education not only exemplifies a deep-rooted passion for continuous learning but also underscores his value as part of Howard Bailey’s leadership.”

Harper has supported the leadership team at Howard Bailey since joining the company. His expertise in compliance and regulatory matters represents Howard Bailey’s focus fairness and the security of its clients. His latest degree is yet another example of Howard Bailey’s focus on “growing people who grow people.”

“As our industry evolves we strive to be proactive and ahead of the curve,” said Chambers. “We always want to be pushing ourselves to learn more, grow smarter, and accomplish great things! When our people and processes continually get better, Howard Bailey gets better, and that positively impacts our clients and our community.”


Howard Bailey Financial, Inc. was founded in Fort Wayne, IN, as Davenport Financial Services in 2002. The name changed in 2011 as a tribute to the grandfathers of the founder and CEO, Casey Weade. The mission of Howard Bailey is to help others gain clarity in purpose and elevate meaning in their lives through personal and practical financial strategies. In 2017, Howard Bailey opened a second location in Mishawaka, IN, followed by the opening of the Perrysburg, OH, location in 2022. Also in 2022, Howard Bailey acquired Singer Financial in Brownsburg, IN, giving the independent retirement planning firm four locations in the region. Howard Bailey has been voted Best Financial Advisor by Fort Wayne Newspapers Reader’s Choice Awards in 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. Howard Bailey Financial became the Official Wealth Management Partner of Notre Dame Athletics in 2023.

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Fort Wayne Newspapers Readers’ Choice Award in the category of Financial Advisors awarded on the basis of a public vote held online by Fort Wayne Newspapers.