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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 28 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 pharmaceutical and medical device litigation group.

Ken’s passion in life is helping his clients and growing the Joye Law Firm. When he’s not working, he enjoys traveling with his wife, Jeannie. He also continues to be an avid softball player, participating in several leagues in the Lowcountry.

Over the years, Ken has helped his clients obtain recoveries for injuries related to Actos, Agent Orange, Avandia, Celebrex, Da Vinci surgical devices, Fosamax, Guidant defibrillators, hip implants, hormone replacement therapy, Medtronic Sprint Fidelis lead wires, Ortho Evra, Risperdal, Topomax, and Yaz. The firm is currently signing up clients who have claims related to asbestos exposure (mesothelioma), metal-on-metal hip implants, IVC filters, Pradaxa, talcum powder (ovarian cancer), Taxotere, trans-vaginal mesh, and Xarelto.

Ken Harrell
  • Education:

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

    • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2013-present
    • Best Lawyers Charleston Workers Compensation Lawyer of the Year, 2015
    • 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:

    • Past-president, Injured Workers' Advocates
    • Chairman of Legislative Affairs Committee, Injured Workers' Advocates
    • Member, American Bar Association
  • 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:

    • How Opt-Out Legislation Would Negatively Affect Employers, SC Self-Insurers Association Annual Conference, 2016
    • A Storm Cloud Brewing: Overview of Opt-Out Legislation Nationwide, Injured Workers Advocates Annual Conference, 2016
    • 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
    • A Guide to Communication with Healthcare Providers, 30th Annual Medical Seminar on Workers' Compensation, 2009
    • Trying The Automobile Injury Case in South Carolina, 1998

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"From the moment I met Mr. Harrell and the wonderful people of the JLF, I knew I was going to be okay. I knew that they were going to help me, and make sure I was treated fairly, and respectfully."

— Alyson, 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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Selected to the Super Lawyers' Top 10 List in South Carolina.

Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in South Carolina and we are incredibly honored for Mark C. Joye to have been named one of the Top 10 Super Lawyers in South Carolina for 2016. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Mark C. Joye is not only a highly respected personal injury attorney who handles a full spectrum of cases, from brain injuries and defective products to nursing home abuse and workers' compensation, but he is a strong advocate for positive change in his profession and community. He has also served as lead counsel in numerous cases involving victims who suffered catastrophic injuries or wrongful death through car or trucking accidents.


Giving back to our area is important to us.

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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