Tell us about your approach to meeting a client
When a client first comes into my office, the most important thing that I do is listen. I let them get out their story and talk about the problems and issues they are having. I let them know that a person is listening to them, has heard what they said and is going to work to fix the problems they are having. You obviously can’t fix everything. I let them know that some of these issues we can take care of, and some of these we can’t. I’m honest right up front, and I set expectations.
I always walk my clients to the front door of my office. I try to leave them with a smile or a laugh, so that they walk away feeling that they don’t have to be scared and worried. I don’t like wearing a suit and tie. People feel more comfortable when they’re relaxed, and they talk more when they are relaxed.
What is the most satisfying aspect of being a personal injury lawyer?
The genuine smile I sometimes get when the case is resolved goes a long way. It’s a satisfying feeling. Clients have taught me not to judge a book by its cover, to be patient and to be listening even more than I think I should be. I always try to dig a little deeper so that clients realize this is a person who cares. I take what I’ve learned from one client and use it on the next one. That can make a big difference.
Pat’s Background and Professional Activities and Honors
A native of Maryland, Pat Jennings attended Clemson University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in economics and a minor in legal studies in 2003. He received his Juris Doctorate in 2005 from the Florida Coastal School of Law. He won the Pro Bono Award from the law school for Community Legal Service.
Pat joined Joye Law Firm in 2007. He works in Joye Law Firm’s Workers’ Compensation Department, where he has represented hundreds of injured workers.
Pat is a member of the Injured Workers’ Advocates and has served on that group’s Executive Committee and the Continuing Legal Education Committee. Patrick is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Charleston County Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar Association and the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association.
Among his honors, Patrick has been recognized since 2018 by The Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs and Workers’ Compensation Law-Claimants. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyers’ Rising Star since 2016. He gained this recognition through professional achievement, peer recognition and other distinguishing criteria. Pat has enjoyed a 10.0 Avvo rating from 2017 to the present and was presented with the Avvo Client’s Choice Award in 2019.