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  • Offices: Columbia, North Charleston, Clinton, Myrtle Beach
  • Practice Areas: Workers' Compensation

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Meet Ken Harrell

South Carolina Injury Lawyer

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 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. Ken has three children and one grandson.

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 10 years. Ken has also served on the board of the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association. He is currently on the board of trustees for the Ashley Hall School and is an active member of Christ Our King in Mount Pleasant.

Publications and Presentations

  • 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


  • 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
  • Listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers, 2011 - present
  • Selected to "Top 25" South Carolina Super Lawyers, 2017 - present


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

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Past-president, Injured Workers' Advocates
  • Chairman of Legislative Affairs Committee, Injured Workers' Advocates
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Board Member,South Carolina Workers' Compensation Educational Association
"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