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Meet Davis Rice

I handle workers’ compensation and personal injury, which includes anything from automobile accident claims to premises liability claims.

In workers’ compensation cases, we primarily see workers with joint-type injuries – shoulders, knees, hips, elbows – as well as back injuries. The workers were doing their job and now they are put in a spot where they are being denied medical treatment or maybe the claim has been outright denied. People don’t really know where to turn or how to navigate the system. That’s where we can help.

What drives me the craziest when I go home at night is when I know someone is just absolutely getting railroaded. They’re being treated wrongly or maybe they’re being taken advantage of.  At the end of the day, those are the kinds of situations that motivate me every day to fight for my clients and help them through a difficult time.

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"Davis Rice and the Joye Law Firm did more for me than I thought was ever possible."
-Kathy, Actual Client

What inspired you to become a plaintiff’s attorney?

When I graduated from law school, I went to work for a defense firm where we primarily represented doctors and hospitals and medical malpractice claims. I was on the other side of the cases, and I got to learn a lot of the strategies that defense firms use. I didn’t feel like I was truly helping people. Eventually, I decided to go to the other side and represent injured people. But it was certainly an invaluable experience to be on that side of the table.

What do you want a personal injury victim to come away with after the initial meeting with you?

I want clients to know that they’ve got a lawyer who cares about them and can take care of their claim through the entire process. I want them to feel confident they have a lawyer who is going to fight for them and who is going to be aggressive on their behalf. I want them to walk away feeling that their lawyer is somebody who has been in the arena and knows how to navigate the system. I want them to leave with the assurance that they’ve hired the right person.

What is the most satisfying aspect of being a personal injury lawyer?

The most rewarding aspect of handling these cases is being able to prove at a hearing that the claim is valid and help an injured worker secure medical benefits.

Davis’s Background and Professional Activities and Honors

Davis Rice is a native of Clinton, South Carolina. Davis graduated magna cum laude from Presbyterian College, where he was a four-year baseball letterman. In 2009, Davis earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he served on the editorial board of the South Carolina Law Review. While in law school, Davis was inducted into the Order of the Coif and Order of the Wig and Robe.

Davis worked three years with an insurance defense litigation firm in Charleston, South Carolina, providing him with an invaluable perspective on evaluating and handling personal injury cases. He then joined the Joye Law Firm and currently handles personal injury and workers’ compensation cases.

Besides his law school honors, Davis has been listed by South Carolina Super Lawyers’ as a Rising Star each year from 2017 through 2020.

Davis was listed among the Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 by the American Society of Legal Advocates in 2017. The following year, the National Trial Lawyers Association gave him the Top 40 under 40 Award.

Davis has memberships in the Injured Workers’ Advocates (2013 – present), the South Carolina Bar Association (2009 – present), the Laurens County Bar Association (2013 – present) and the Charleston County Bar Association (2009 – 2012).

Davis currently practices at Joye Law Firm’s office in his hometown of Clinton. Active in local Bar groups, Davis has served as Treasurer of the Laurens County Bar Association for the last year and a half.


Davis Rice was so easy to work with. Very professional, but he also felt like my friend. Which mattered more than I thought. I had no doubt through the entire process, start to finish, that he had my back. I had someone in my corner. Communication!!!! Davis did that! Javonna did that!!! Javonna Brantley, his paralegal, is truly an amazing person. She was so easy to talk to and did whatever she could to help! She was on top of it! I thoroughly enjoyed working with these two! Although, I pray I never need an injury attorney again, I will forever recommend Davis Rice with Joye Law Firm!!!

Karla, Actual Client

  • Order of the Coif, 2009
  • Order of the Wig and Robe, 2008
  • Listed in Rising Star Super Lawyers, 2017 – Present
  • Top 40 under 40, National Trial Lawyers Association, 2018
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2017
  • Rated by Super Lawyers in 2020
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation, 2022 – Present
  • Serves on Executive Committee, Injured Workers’ Advocates, 2023
  • Member, Injured Workers’ Advocates, 2013 – Present
  • Member, South Carolina Bar Association, 2009 – Present
  • Member, Laurens County Bar Association, 2013 – Present
  • Member, Charleston County Bar Association, 2009 – 2012
  • “McCullough v. Goodrich & Pennington Mortgage Fund, Inc.: Are Secured Creditor Really Secure From Third Party Impairment of Collateral?” for South Carolina Law Review, 2009
  • Estate Planning, VIP Annual Meeting, 2015
  • Presbyterian College, B.S.
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D.
  • Secured an award for permanent and total disability at a workers’ compensation hearing for a client with a back injury. Client was award over $187,000.00 in compensation benefits plus lifetime medical treatment for his work-related injury
  • $266,000 settlement for a client that injured his back on the job
  • $220,000 settlement for a client that injured his right shoulder and neck on the job.
  • $525,000 settlement for a client that was involved in a hit-and-run automobile collision
  • $350,000 settlement for client that was injured in a head-on collision
  • $300,000 settlement for client that was rear-ended by a tractor trailer
  • $265,000 settlement for a client struck by a tractor trailer when the tractor trailer illegally changed lanes.
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