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OUR FIRM IS LIKE A FAMILY

Our team is also a group of driven and determined individuals

Our Founder

About Our Founder Reese I. Joye

Joye Law Firm was founded by Reese I. Joye, who started the firm in 1968 with the mission of helping people during some of the most difficult times of their lives. Joye, 70, passed away in 2008 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he had been furthering his profession by organizing an annual trial advocacy summer conference at Harvard University.

A tenacious litigator who focused on protecting the rights of individuals, Joye tried hundreds of cases before juries and authored several legal books during his more than 40-year legal career. In 1997, Joye Law Firm brought a lawsuit against Daimler Chrysler for more than $262.5 million, winning the largest settlement in South Carolina history and one of the largest settlements against a car manufacturer in the United States.


The long-time trial lawyer was known for his knowledge of DUI cases in addition to personal injury law. Joye was instrumental in the debate over drafting the state’s DUI law in the last few years of his life. In 2006, he was one of three attorneys asked to help draft legislation to replace South Carolina’s DUI laws.

Joye was a leader in the Charleston and South Carolina legal community. He was a founding member of the National College for DUI Defense, founding president of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the primary organizer of the Charleston County Public Defender’s Office.

A native South Carolinian, Joye was an Eagle Scout and graduated from Bennettsville High School in 1956, where he was voted “Most Likely to Succeed.” From there he earned both a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from the University of South Carolina. He was a man invested in his community and dedicated to his practice.

Joye and his firm demonstrated a firm commitment to the Charleston community throughout the years, helping to support local charities and education initiatives.

Joye’s personal legacy lives on in his wife, Jackie, three children, including firm partner Mark Joye, and five grandchildren. Professionally, the attorneys at Joye Law Firm strive every day to follow in their founder’s footsteps of providing quality legal work that helps clients restore the quality of their lives while giving back to the community around them.

THE RESULTS WE AIM FOR ARE MORE THAN FIGURES

Real results help people get back to their life.
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JOYE RECOGNIZED STATEWIDE

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.

JOYE IN THE COMMUNITY

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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