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I have been very fortunate to practice as a trial lawyer for over 30 years.  I only represent people who have been injured though other's negligence.  I do not represent insurance carriers, employers or campanies.  As 1 of 10 children from a farming family in Chester SC,  I know what it is like to work hard and appreciate one's roots.  While neither of my parents graduated high school, I feel very Blessed to have gone to college, graduating in three years with degrees in economics and finance and then attend the University of South Carolina School of Law(1984) which honored me in 2015 with the COMPLEAT Lawyer award, which recognizes one's contributions and service to the legal profession.  Recognition by ones peers is a great honor.  My 10.0 AVVO rating and Martindale Hubbel AV rating are the highest awards possible for both skill and integrity.  In fact, the majority of my clients come from referrals from other lawyers both in SC and across the country.  I have served as President of the South Carolina Trial Lawyers(2000) and currently am one of three SC lawyers serving as Governor to the American Association of Justice.  I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 35 years and am the proud father  of 4 children, one of whom practices law with me.  Please let me know if my experience can help you in any way.  Thank you, Mark


Contact info

Chappell, Smith & Arden, P.A.

1510 Calhoun St.
Columbia, SC, 29201

Chappell, Smith & Arden, P.A.

181 S Coit Street
Florence, SC, 29501

Chappell, Smith & Arden, P.A.

322 Laurens St
Aiken, SC, 29801


Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 35%
    31 years, 3.04 thousand cases
  2. Trucking Accident: 25%
    31 years, 325 cases
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
    31 years, 1.2 thousand cases
  4. Defective Products: 10%
    31 years, 500 cases
  5. Motorcycle Accident: 10%
    31 years, 1.13 thousand cases

Attorney endorsements

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  • Bradd Wesley Bunce

    I endorse this lawyer. Mark and his firm are very knowledgeable and work hard to obtain quality results for their clients.


    Bradd Bunce Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Mark Christopher Joye

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Mark Joye Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter


SCGood Standing198503/07/2013
DCInactive 199207/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
South Carolina BarFormer ChairN/A
South Carolina Association for JusticePast PresidentN/A
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMemberN/A
Litigation Counsel of AmericaMemberN/A
Attorneys Information Exchange GroupMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeBoard of GovernorsN/A
Southern Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Interstate Trucking Litigation Group; Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of South Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
University of South CarolinaN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1981