I’m a trial lawyer at the Joye Law Firm. The top three types of cases I handle are trucking, personal injury and product liability. Right now, I probably do more trucking litigation cases than other kinds of litigation. I usually work on tractor-trailer crashes that occur on the highways and interstates in South Carolina.
The majority of my product liability work centers around automobiles. I focus on defective tires, airbags, seatbelt buckles, drive systems and safety restraint systems. I also do other types of product liability work, like industrial machinery.
"Case manager Betty and lawyer Mark went above and beyond to settle my case. Did an excellent job explaining everything. If I need a law firm in the future they will be my go to."
He never sat me down and said, “I’d like for you to be a lawyer.” But I spent an awful lot of time coming up to the law office and being around my father when he was working. Then when I went off to college, I found that the subject areas that I liked, and happened to excel in, were all subject areas geared towards making a career in the practice of law.
Tell us about your approach when meeting a client.
When clients come in to see me, they are at their wit’s end. Something catastrophic, and greatly unexpected, has happened to them. I am very empathetic and sympathetic to them, and I take great honor and pride in trying to solve their problems. I spend a lot of time in the initial meeting just hearing them out. I understand they are not familiar with the legal process, and I’m able to educate them on what to expect. I try to get all the information I need from them to help me best represent them.
What is the most satisfying aspect of being a personal injury lawyer?
I love the work that we do for our clients. My satisfaction usually comes at the end of the case, when I’ve either settled the case with the insurance company or taken their case to trial. I take great pride in seeing them leave my office and start out on a new foot. They are happy and relieved that the matter is resolved, and they can go start their new life. I really enjoy the end of the cases when we’ve solved their problems and they are happy and grateful for that help.
Mark heads the litigation department at Joye Law Firm and focuses on personal injury law. In 1997, Mark represented the parents of a child who was ejected from the back of a Chrysler minivan in an accident and killed. The case resulted in a $262.5 million verdict for the family and remains the largest personal injury verdict in South Carolina.
Mark has been honored by the ratings service South Carolina Super Lawyers since 2008 and has been honored in the Top 10 from 2016 to the present. He has also been listed in Best Lawyers in America from 2013 to the present. That group named him as the Charleston Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year in 2016. Mark has received an AV Preeminent Rating (5.0 out of 5.0) and has enjoyed a 10.0 Avvo Rating from 2017 to the present. He received the Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion Silver Award in 2019.
Mark is on the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice and is on the AAJ’s Leaders’ Forum. He is also on the Board of Governors for the South Carolina Association for Justice and is a Past President as well as a Capital Club Member.
Mark is also Past President of the Charleston Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a Board-Certified Trial Advocate for the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
Active in trucking litigation, Mark is a Member of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America and a Member of the Interstate Trucking Litigation Section of the American Association for Justice.
In 2019, Mark was presented with Charleston Animal Society’s Community Ambassador Award. He has been active with the Boy Scouts, and in 2020 he was awarded the National Eagle Scout Association Outstanding Eagle Scout Award. Mark says the Boy Scouts organization “was and still is a very important factor in my life and success as a lawyer.”
Mark received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in Columbia. He was licensed by the South Carolina Bar in 1989. After starting his practice with an insurance defense firm for 2 ½ years, Mark joined the law firm founded by his father, Reese Joye, in 1992.
When he’s not with clients or family, Mark can be found golfing, boating or bow hunting.
Two bright lives were snuffed out near Moncks Corner, SC when an unlicensed truck driver plowed through a stop sign. The impact killed the teen driver instantly and her 14-year-old passenger died several days later from serious injuries. Continue reading