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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
  • Education:

    • James Madison University, B.S.
    • College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, J.D.
  • Certificates & Honors:

    • Listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers, 2011 – present
    • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2013-present
    • Best Lawyers Charleston Workers Compensation Lawyer of the Year, 2015
    • Selected as one “40 to Know” in North Charleston, Post Courier, 2014
    • 10 Best - Client Satisfaction from the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2015
    • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell
    • Corporate Partner of the Year, Charleston Animal Society, 2009
    • 10.0 Rating, Avvo
  • Professional Associations & Memberships:

    • Board of Directors, South Carolina Workers' Compensation Educational Association, 2011 – Present
    • Past-president, Injured Workers' Advocates
    • Chairman of Legislative Affairs Committee, Injured Workers' Advocates
    • Member, South Carolina Bar, 1988 – Present
    • Member, American Bar Association
    • Member, Brain Injury Association of South Carolina, 2015 – Present
    • Member, American Association for Justice, 1994 – Present
    • Member, South Carolina Association for Justice, 1994 – Present
  • Publications:

    • SMART Act - A Ray of Hope on Medicare Lien Issues , for South Carolina Lawyer Magazine, 2013
    • Quality of Life for Trial Lawyers - Are the "Seven Habits" Still Effective?, for South Carolina Trial Lawyer Bulletin, 2006
  • Speaking Engagements:

    • Five-Star Battle of Online Reviews, M&L Spring Conference, 2015
    • Ethics In Managing A Law Office, Injured Workers Advocates Spring Conference, 2015
    • Current Issues Facing Law Firm Leaders, 2015
    • Summary of South Carolina Workers' Compensation Decisions , SCWCEA Annual Conference, 2014
    • Mock Hearing with Kirsten Bar and Commissioners, 32nd Annual Medical Seminar on Workers’ Compensation, 2011
    • Take Back Control of Your Life, 33rd Annual Educational Conference on Workers’ Compensation, 2009
    • A Guide to Communication with Healthcare Providers, 30th Annual Medical Seminar on Workers' Compensation, 2009
    • Trying The Automobile Injury Case in South Carolina, 1998

Ken Harrell

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"Working with Ken on this case has really changed some of the things I had thought about lawyers. If somebody I know has been hurt at work, I know where I will send them."

— Charles, Actual Client


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Q: What is my case worth?

Every case is different. The facts, the clients’ injuries, and the way the clients progress throughout the case are all factors that 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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From our offices in Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Clinton, and Columbia, SC, we have been fighting to help people face legal challenges since 1968. Our lawyers and staff devote just as much assistance to our community as we do to our clients. We have been giving back to the local area for many years and continue to serve our neighbors through programs such as the Joye Law Firm Annual Scholarship Program and community service initiatives for our annual charitable partner of the year.

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