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Andrew Copenhaver devotes his practice to the representation of individuals and families harmed by defective products, motor vehicle accidents, nursing home abuse and neglect, premises injuries and other incidents involving negligence in products liability, personal injury and wrongful death cases.  Mr. Copenhaver currently serves as counsel in several catastrophic and fatal injury cases throughout Georgia and South Carolina and is responsible for all aspects of litigation from initial pleadings to trial.  He is also involved in several class actions in Georgia and states throughout the country.

Prior to joining Bell & Brigham, Mr. Copenhaver clerked for the Honorable Dudley H. Bowen, Jr., United States District Judge for the Southern District of Georgia.  In this capacity he gained valuable experience writing complex legal memoranda and, under the tutelage of Judge Bowen, gained valuable wisdom of what works in the courtroom.  

Upon the completion of his clerkship with Judge Bowen, Mr. Copenhaver worked at a South Carolina plaintiff’s firm where he represented individuals injured in a fatal bus crash in Tunica, Mississippi, individuals harmed in truck accidents, and the family of a young man who was fatally injured by a defective tire.  He and his wife, a history and social studies teacher at Augusta Prep, then returned to the strong family ties of Augusta.  He is the nephew of Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver and the grandson of the late Bill Copenhaver, former Chairman and CEO of Columbia Nitrogen.

Outside of work, Mr. Copenhaver and his wife enjoy fishing, hunting and boating on the Savannah River with their Chocolate Lab “Roo”.  


Bar Admissions

• South Carolina, 2009

• Georgia, 2010

• United States District Court, Southern District of Georgia (2010)



• B.A., 2006, Wake Forest University

• J.D., 2009, Charleston School of Law; Symposium Editor and Submissions Editor, Charleston Law Review; Charleston School of Law Merit Scholarship; Senator, Student Bar Association; Dean’s List; Chair, Academics and Curriculum Committee; Phi Delta Phi; CALI Award for Environmental Law


Professional Activities

• State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Leadership Academy, Class of 2012

• State Bar of Georgia; Committee Member, YLD Ethics & Professionalism; Committee Member, YLD Litigation

• South Carolina Bar

• American Association for Justice

• American Bar Association


Additional Honors, Activities

• Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout

• Augusta, Ga. Mayoral Proclamation naming March 13th as “Roberta and Drew Copenhaver Day”

• Intern to United States Senator Richard Burr

• Gore Presidential Campaign, Motorcade Driver

• North Carolina Senate, Page for President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight

• North Carolina Governor’s Office, Page for Governor James B. Hunt, Jr.



Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 75%
  2. Car Accident: 25%



Contingent (33-40%)

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Contact info

Joye Law Firm

5861 Rivers Avenue
North Charleston, SC, 29406


GAActive Member in Good Standing 201008/05/2016
SCGood Standing200902/28/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Leadership AcademyState Bar of Georgia2012
Symposium EditorCharleston Law Review2009
Submissions EditorCharleston Law Review2009
Merit ScholarshipCharleston School of Law2008
SenatorCharleston School of Law2007
Merit ScholarshipCharleston School of Law2007
Merit ScholarshipCharleston School of Law2006
Dean's ListCharleston School of LawN/A
Dean's ListWake Forest UniversityN/A
Eagle ScoutBoy Scouts of AmericaN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateJoye Law Firm2013 - Present
AssociateBell & Brigham2011 - Present
AssociateJoye Law Firm2011 - 2011
Special CounselSouthern Environmental Law Center2010 - 2011
Judicial Law Clerk to U.S. District Judge Dudley H. Bowen, Jr.United States District Court (S.D. Ga.)2009 - 2010
Extern to Chief U.S. District Judge David C. NortonUnited States District Court For The District Of South Carolina2008 - 2008
Law ClerkTwenge & Twombley, LLC2008 - 2008
Summer AssociateWomble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC2007 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers DivisionRepresentative for the Southern District of Georgia2012 - Present
State Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers DivisionExecutive Committee2012 - Present
American Bar AssociationAdvisory Board2012 - Present
State Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers Division, Litigation CommitteeCommittee Member2011 - Present
State Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers Division, Ethics and ProfessionalismCommittee Member2011 - Present
State Bar of Georgia, Tort and Insurance Practice SectionMember2011 - Present
State Bar of Georgia, Product Liability Law SectionMember2011 - Present
State Bar of Georgia, General Practice and Trial Law SectionMember2011 - Present
State Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers DivisionN/A2010 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember2010 - Present
South Carolina BarMember2009 - Present
Charleston County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
American Bar Association, Litigation SectionMember2008 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Charleston School of LawN/AN/A2009
Wake Forest UniversityPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2005
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Law and Society SeriesState Constitutional Reform in the New South2009