Tell us your approach to meeting a client
If you handle a case on your own without an attorney, you’re not only worrying about your injuries, you’re also worried about your car and whether it can be fixed or whether it’s totaled. You’re worried about how your bills are going to get paid or whether you should get a doctor. People really don’t need to be worried about all that. When they come in, I want them to know we can take those issues off their plate. We can handle that for them very easily.
What is the most satisfying aspect of being a personal injury lawyer?
It’s definitely helping people. When you get those cases where somebody is really lost either because of their injury or the way the claim has been handled, when you can really help them, that is the best reward.
Jeff’s Background and Professional Activities and Honors
Jeffrey Gerardi practices personal injury law at Joye Law Firm’s north Charleston office. Jeff was born in Massapequa, New York. When he was a child, Jeff’s family relocated to Charleston. He graduated from Bishop England High School in 1988. He went to college at the University of Colorado at Boulder, earning a B.A. in English in 1991. After graduation, Jeff attended the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he earned his law degree in 1994.
Jeff began his legal career at Joye Law Firm, working alongside Mark Joye, Ken Harrell and founding member Reese Joye from 1994 until 2000. He left to open his own practice for 12 years, then rejoined Joye Law Firm. Jeff now has more than 25 years of experience handling personal injury cases. He has also served more than a dozen years as an appointed Circuit Court judge.
Jeff has been listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers since 2015. The Super Lawyers selection process takes into account peer recognition, professional achievement in legal practice, and other relevant factors. He has enjoyed a 10.0 Avvo rating since 2017 and was honored with the Avvo Client’s Choice Award in 2019. In 2020, Jeff received Martindale Hubbell’s “Distinguished” peer review rating. The Distinguished rating is given to attorneys who are widely respected by their peers for their professional achievement and ethical standards.
Since 1995, Jeff has had memberships in the South Carolina Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice, the South Carolina Bar Association and the Charleston County Bar Association.
Jeff and his wife Tara are passionate Boston terrier owners, and their current dogs are Reggie, Penny and Roxie. Their love of animals has led both of them to be active with the Charleston Animal Society. Jeff is also a huge sports fan, especially when it comes to the Colorado Buffaloes and the New York Yankees.