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  • (877) 936-9707
  • 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, 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 28 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.

Over the years, Ken has helped his clients obtain recoveries for injuries related to Actos, Agent Orange, Avandia, Celebrex, Da Vinci surgical devices, Fosamax, Guidant defibrillators, hip implants, hormone replacement therapy, Medtronic Sprint Fidelis lead wires, Ortho Evra, Risperdal, Topomax, and Yaz. The firm is currently signing up clients who have claims related to asbestos exposure (mesothelioma), metal-on-metal hip implants, IVC filters, Pradaxa, talcum powder (ovarian cancer), Taxotere, trans-vaginal mesh, and Xarelto.


  • 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

Certificates & Honors

  • 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


  • 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
"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