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Mark T. Arden is a partner of Chappell, Smith & Arden. His practice concentrates in the areas of workers’ compensation, complex litigation, personal injury and administrative law. Mark graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law and was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1986. In his years of practice, Mark has handled thousands of cases seeking justice for each client.

Admitted to Practice

• South Carolina, 1986

• U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 1987

• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1987

• U.S. Supreme Court, 1991


• University of South Carolina School of Law, JD, 1986

 ◦ Phi Alpha Delta

• University of South Carolina, BA, Cum Laude, 1983

 ◦ Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Memberships, Awards and Accomplishments

• South Carolina Bar Workers’ Compensation Section Council; Chairperson Elect 2012

• Injured Workers’ Advocates, Past-President 2011, Executive Committee 2012

• South Carolina Bar Workers’ Compensation Educational Association; Board of Directors 2012

• South Carolina Association for Justice

• Advocate Member Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group 2012

• Chairman SCWCC Ad Hoc Medical Service Provider Manual Advisory Committee; 2012

• Member SCWCC Ad Hoc Surgical Implant Advisory Committee; 2012

• Member SCWCC Ad Hoc Mediation Advisory Committee; 2012

• Member SCWCC Ad Hoc Pharmacy Fee Schedule Advisory Committee; 2012

• Inductee 2012 Legal Elite of the MidlandsColumbia Business Monthly

• Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award 2013

• Co-author of Advanced Workers’ Compensation in South Carolina (National Business Institute, Inc. 1997)

• Anatomy of a Wage Loss Claim (Lorman Educational Services 2004)


Contact info

Chappell, Smith & Arden, P.A.

1510 Calhoun St.
Columbia, SC, 29201

Practice areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 100%
    30 years, 2 thousand cases



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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2013
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyChappell Smith and Arden2001 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
South Carolina Association for JusticeMember2013 - Present
South Carolina Workers' Compensation Educational AssociationBoard of Directors2013 - Present
South Carolina Bar, Workers' Compensation SectionCouncil Chairperson Elect2011 - Present
Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy GroupAdvocate Member2010 - Present
U.S. Supreme CourtAdmitted to Practice1991 - Present
South Carolina Workers Compensation Commission Ad Hoc Surgical Implant Advisory CommitteeExecutive Committee Member2012 - 2012
South Carolina Workers Compensation Commission Ad Hoc Mediation Advisory CommitteeMember2012 - 2012
South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission Ad Hoc Pharmacy Fee Schedule Advisory CommitteeMember2012 - 2013
Injured Workers' AdvocatesPast President2010 - 2011
South Carolina Workers Compensation Ad Hoc Medical Service Provider Manual Advisory CommitteeChairmanN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Freddie Leroy Williams V. Ethridge Electrical Contractors and Star Insurance CompanyClaimant's strokes and resulting physcial brain damage were found compensable enabling him to recieve compensation and medical care for his lifetime.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Lorman Education Services publicationAnatomy of a Wage Loss Claim2004
National Business Institute SeminarAdvanced Workers' Compesnation in South Carolina1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of South Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
University of South CarolinaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
South Carolina Workers' Compensation Educational Association ConferenceMediation2012
National Business Institute SeminarRepresenting the Injured Truck Driver In A Workers' Compensation Case2012
One Day SeminarIts Not What You Say But How You Say IT - Witness Credibility2011
Injured Workers' Advocates Paralegal and Legal Assistant SeminarAn Update on the Political Climate and How You Can Help Protect The Rights of Injured Workers2011
South Carolina Workers' Compensation Educational Association Medical SeminarGraniteville Disaster2010
South Carolina Workers Compensation Educational Association Medical SeminarThe Primary Reasons Injured Workers Hire Attorneys2009
South Carolina Association for Justice Annual ConventionOverused Defenses and Overlooked Claims2009
Injured Workers' Advocates - Fall ConferenceTop 10 Bogus Defenses2008
South Carolina Bar Continuing Legal EducationSection 42-9-150 and Successive Injuries2007
Association of South Carolina Claimants Attorneys For Workers Compensation 7th Annual Paralegal/Legal Assistant SeminarA View From The Defense Side of Things2006
Association of South Carolina Claimants Attorneys For Workers Compensation -Spring SeminarLaw Office File Management and Related Ethical Considerations2006
Workers' Compensaion Semnar5 Biggest Mistakes State Workers' Compensation Lawyers Make When In Longshore2004
SMWIA ConferenceWorkers' Compensation Dialogue2004
Workers' Compensation SeminarTechniques for Resolving Unique Claims1998
Association MeetingCost of Workers' Compesnation1998
Advanced Workers' Compensation SeminarLitigation Techniques for the Difficult Workers' Compesation Case1998
61 st Annual ConferenceWorkers' Compensation Cost Containment1998
Sherrill and Rogers Workers' Compesation SeminarManaging the Workers' Compesaton Case- American with Disabilities Act and Wrongful Termination From the Workers' Compesation Perspective1992
Workers Compensation SeminarWorkers' Compensation in South Carolina1990