Ken Harrell

Attorney | South Carolina Injury Lawyer

With over 30 years of experience and as the managing partner of Joye Law Firm since 2006, 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 30 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 referral practice as Joye Law Firm works in association with dozens of lawyers each year to insure our clients receive the best possible representation.

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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. Ken has three children and two grandchildren.

Ken has served in multiple leadership roles with legal organizations. He is a past president of South Carolina Injured Workers’ Advocates and he has served as the co-chairman of this organization’s legislative affairs committee for 12 years. Ken has also served on the board of the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association. He is currently the vice-chairman of the board of trustees for the Ashley Hall School, a member of the tri-county mayors’ commission on homelessness and affordable housing and is an active member of the Circular Congregational Church in Charleston.

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What Our Clients Say About Kenny...

"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

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America Since 2014
  • Best Lawyers - Charleston Workers’ Compensation Lawyer of the Year 2015
  • Best Lawyers - Charleston Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year 2020
  • Listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers, Top 10, 2018
  • Listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers, Top 25, 2017
  • Listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers, 2011–2013, 2015 – Present
  • Client’s Choice Award, Avvo, 2019
  • 10.0 Avvo Rating, 2017 – Present
  • Community Ambassador Award, Charleston Animal Society, 2019

Associations & Memberships

  • Chairman of Legislative Affairs Committee, Injured Workers’ Advocates
  • Part-President, Injured Workers’ Advocates
  • Sustaining Member, South Carolina Association for Justice
  • Board Member, South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Association
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, South Carolina Bar Association Corporate Partner of the Year, Charleston Animal Society, 2009


  • 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
  • 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
  • Jim’s Rules to a Good Life


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

Notable Cases

  • $2.3 million settlement for a young maintenance worker who had to have an arm amputated after getting it caught in a piece of industrial equipment.
  • $1.4 million settlement for an assembly line worker whose arm was crushed by a piece of defective equipment.
  • $850,000 settlement for a restaurant worker who sustained electrical shock injuries due to a defective coffee maker.
  • $465,000 workers’ compensation settlement for a construction worker who sustained head injuries due to a fall in a stairwell.
  • $250,000 workers’ compensation settlement for a truck driver who sustained a severe back injury.


$4.3 Million to Driver Hit by an 18-Wheeler’s Oversized Load

When Mike Jenkins was traveling I-26, he had no idea that a piece of on oversized load would come crashing through his windshield at 55mph, crushing his skull.  He had no idea that the 18-wheeler driver would flee the scene,… read more

Latest Blog Post

At What Price Can You Reach Greatness?

BY: Ken Harrell

Blog by attorney Ken Harrell I have just finished Andre Agassi’s autobiography, “Open.”  Never was a book more aptly named.  I can’t say that I ever gave a lot of thought to Agassi during the height of his career.  If… read more

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