I’ve been with Joye Law Firm for nearly seven years and had the distinct honor of opening our Columbia office doors at the beginning of 2016. I handle personal injury and workers’ compensation cases. My clients come from all walks of life. I also handle premises liability cases in which we investigate whether there was a negligent or hazardous condition that led to personal injuries. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, reading, and exercise. I have two young boys and try to have regular “adventures” with them.
I wish I could say that I had a very specific plan that led to me becoming a plaintiff’s trial lawyer, but the truth is that my work found me. I knew from a young age that I was called to a career path that served others, but it was a series of unrelated decisions that led me to where I am now. Divine intervention, if you will. After law school, I initially practiced at a small plaintiff’s firm where I gained a ton of invaluable practical experience in terms of case development, deposition practice, litigation, and our workers’ compensation system. More importantly, I learned the importance of integrity and always making decisions that are right for my client. My time there laid a solid foundation for my practice, which I’ve continued to build with our team at JLF.
When I first meet with clients, my primary objective is to earn their trust. Then I try to identify their most immediate concerns. In my experience, if my team and I can work to alleviate their immediate concerns, or at least determine a working solution, then that initial trust is solidified. Trust is a critical component of my relationships with my clients because there will inevitably come a time when we encounter difficult circumstances or need to make a tough decision. If I have the trust of my clients then we can get through those hard times together. Ultimately, I want my clients to know that I will always be honest with them and that I will always have their best interests at heart. My work has taught me that every person has feelings and problems, and we all deserve compassion and advocacy.
As the oldest child, a headstrong daughter, a wife, mother, and lawyer, I am inherently a problem solver. As a personal injury lawyer, I deal with insurance companies who don’t see people, only numbers. I take pride in advocating for my clients, helping them navigate the complexities of the personal injury and workers’ compensation processes, and fighting for the benefits they deserve. My hope is that through this process they feel empowered in their own lives to make positive and impactful decisions. While I can’t change the past, I feel satisfied when I know that I have played a part in giving them control over their present, and more importantly, their future.
"Sydney was so professional and was prompt and understanding of my situation and concerns."
I became a lawyer because I knew that I wanted to do something with a service-oriented component, and I knew that I wanted to work with people. After law school I practiced at a small firm in Myrtle Beach. It was an answered prayer, and I really found my niche. I was working with a great person, and our approaches aligned in terms of always doing what is right for the client. That became my moral compass, my North Star. I spent a few years with that lawyer, and it was a great opportunity because he threw me into litigation and discovery and depositions. We even tried some cases together. It was a trial by fire in terms of learning. That gave me a chance to really learn the processes. I’ve been with Joye Law Firm about seven years, and that has been a good move, personally and professionally.
When I first meet with clients, I try to keep them calm. They are obviously on the edge about something. I try to ascertain what their most immediate concerns are. I feel if we can put their immediate concerns to rest or at least get some sort of a working resolution, then they will trust me. That’s important because if I can earn their trust early on, they will listen to me when things might get difficult, or when we are having to make a tough decision.
I want clients to leave that first meeting knowing that I will always be honest with them, even if it involves me telling them some difficult news or something they don’t want to hear. I will always be respectfully honest with them, and I will always have their best interests at the forefront of my processes.
I’ve learned from my clients that it is important at every interaction to try and dispel any negative thoughts that they might have about our profession. They remind me that we all have feelings, and we all have problems, and we all deserve compassion.
Sydney received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina at Aiken and her Juris Doctorate degree from the Charleston School of Law. Among her honors and awards, Sydney has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2016 and recognized as a Super Lawyers’ Rising Star from 2014 to 2018. She has enjoyed a 10.0 Avvo rating from 2017 to the present and received Avvo’s Client’s Choice Award in 2019. She has Peer Reviewed status from Martindale-Hubbell.
Sydney has served on the Board of Governors for the South Carolina Association for Justice from 2015 to the present.
She has memberships in the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina (2015 to present), the Injured Workers’ Advocates (2013 to present) and the South Carolina Bar Association (2008 to present). She is a Sustaining Member of the South Carolina Association for Justice.
Sydney has served as Barrister for the Coastal Inn of Court from 2014 to the present and was an Adjunct Professor in Workers’ Compensation at Horry-Georgetown Technical College in 2014. She has served as the Co-Chair of Annual Freaky Friday for FPC’s The Growing Tree from 2015 to the present.
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