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Meet Ken Harrell

South Carolina Injury Lawyer

As the managing partner of Joye Law Firm, Ken Harrell is both diligent in his law practice and committed to the profession. He joined the firm in 1994 after spending six years as an attorney with a large, well-respected corporate defense firm. With 27 years of experience, he protects the rights of injured South Carolinians, including cases involving workers’ compensation, car accidents, and defective products. Ken also heads up the firm’s mass torts practice.

In addition to his law practice, Ken also is a frequent author and speaker for the South Carolina Bar’s continuing legal education program and the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association.

Ken Harrell
  • Certificates & Honors:

    • Author and Speaker for the South Carolina Bar’s continuing legal education program and the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association
    • Past President of Injured Workers Advocates
    • IWA’s Vice President
    • Member of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers
    • South Carolina Super Lawyer
    • One of the Best Lawyers In America
    • Top 100 Injured Workers’ Attorneys
  • Professional Associations & Memberships:

    • Board of Trustees for the Ashley Hall School
    • Pack Leader for the Christ Our King Cub Scouts Pack 470
    • Member of the Christ Our King St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Society
    • Member of the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina
  • Publications:

    • "SMART Act: A Ray of Hope on Medicare Lien Issues", South Carolina Lawyer magazine, November 2013
    • Quality of Life For Trial Lawyers - Are The 'Seven Habits' Still Effective?
    • 2006 South Carolina Trial Lawyer Bulletin

Mr. Harrell is a past president of Injured Workers Advocates and has served as the chairman of its legislative affairs committee for nearly 10 years. Ken has been honored as a member of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in South Carolina by the American Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Harrell has been honored as a South Carolina Super Lawyer in the area of workers’ compensation, an honor bestowed on less than 5% of a state’s lawyers. In 2013, Mr. Harrell was selected by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers In America.

In 2014, Mr. Harrell was selected as one of the Top 100 Injured Workers’ Attorneys by The Board of Directors of the Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group. The Top 100 group is an invitation only, professional recognition program comprised of America’s leading attorneys representing injured workers’. Only the top attorneys that represent injured workers’ are invited to join from each state.

Ken is also is committed to the community. Years ago, he established a scholarship in his grandparents’ memory at his former high school.  Since his father died in 2013, Ken has started a community fund for his hometown of Waverly, Virginia, and he makes charitable gifts of several thousand dollars a year to a host of organizations in his hometown. Having grown up in a rural area, he wanted to give back to the school and community that gave him a head start. Family means a lot to Ken, and as a major Red Sox and sports fan in general, he and his father made time during the years before his father’s death to chase a common dream —to catch a baseball game in each of the major stadiums in the country.

Ken is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Ashley Hall School, one of the nation’s most prestigious all-girls K-12 educational institution. In the past, he has served as a pack leader for the Christ Our King Cub Scouts Pack 470 and coached Little League for various sports for the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department. He is also an active member of the Christ Our King St. Vincent de Paul charitable society.

Published: November 2013 issue of the South Carolina Lawyer magazine, published by the SC Bar Association Title: SMART Act: A Ray of Hope on Medicare Lien Issues by Ken W. Harrell and Melissa A. Fried.

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“Without Chris, I don’t know where I would be or what my family would do. He has been with us throughout. At my bedside. With my family during surgeries. Contacting doctors to help me get better. Chris was just my lawyer – now, he’s my friend.”

— Tommy, Actual Client


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Every case is different. The facts, the clients’ injuries, the way the clients progress throughout the case – all of these factors can affect the outcome. Once a client has been released from the doctor and I have all the medical records, I investigate each facet of the case and look at it from every angle. I gather all the information about the progression of treatment, future prognosis, and investigate the actions of the defendant before I begin to estimate what a case is worth. There is simply too much information in each claim to hazard a guess at the beginning, but I promise to work thoroughly and diligently until I know exactly what we have ahead of us.


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