Sean Adegbola is an attorney in the Charleston office of Joye Law Firm. He heads the Intake Department, which has initial contact with all of the firm’s prospective clients.
The intake team gathers information about each person’s accident, types of injuries, and determines how the firm may be able to assist them with a legal claim.
“We are the first ones to get in contact with potential clients,” Sean says. “After we determine the injury and the type of case, we determine if this is the type of case that Joye Law accepts.”
Sean and his team strive to provide compassionate, meaningful help to every prospective client. Their goal is to positively impact every caller, even those the firm cannot take on as clients. For those instances, the team maintains a directory of social and civic resources, and/or can refer callers to other lawyers within the firm’s vast local and national referral networks. Sean says a fulfilling part of the job is providing empathy and understanding to people who are hurt, distressed, and in need of help. Oftentimes, he finds that simply providing someone with a sympathetic ear and sound legal advice can make all the difference.
“The most fulfilling aspect of being a lawyer is the impact I can make in helping a distressed client become whole and the sense of gratitude the client has,” Sean says. “Knowing they can depend on me and found someone understanding and empathetic and able to bring some light to a dark situation is very satisfying.”
He also recognizes that as an attorney he is a role model for young people.
“Being a Black man and an attorney, I can see how motivational I am to young African-American boys,” Sean says. “I see the impact I have. That means a lot to me, being that image for them.”
A standout student-athlete, Sean attended Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., where played Wide Receiver for the school’s football team. He later transferred to Fort Scott Community College in Kansas, to continue his athletic career, and obtained an Associate degree in early childhood education. From there, he was recruited to the University of Arkansas on an athletic scholarship and obtained his bachelor’s degree in political science and government.
A sports injury ended his playing career, so Sean served as a student-coach intern with the University of Arkansas Athletics and found that he enjoyed helping guide others. Along the way, he met several sports agents who inspired him and encouraged him to learn the business side of sports. That eventually lead Sean to attend law school and business school.
While in law school, Sean participated in moot court competitions and developed a passion for becoming a trial attorney. Sean graduated from Charleston School of Law in 2018. Since then, he has quickly grown a reputation for his attention to detail and sharp legal mind.
Sean served as a Law Clerk for the 9th Circuit Solicitor’s Office and gained hands-on experience at several criminal defense firms throughout South Carolina. He has also served as a paralegal for the City of Charleston’s Legal Department. Prior to joining Joye Law Firm, he served as a Vice President and Legal Counsel at a lending institution in Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Alongside his budding legal career, Sean has also continued his education. He is scheduled to receive a Master of Business Administration from The Citadel in 2021.
In his little spare time, Sean enjoys spending time at the beach with his wife and their two-year-old son. “I have a seven-year-old German shepherd, so I like to say I have two kids,” he says.
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