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Kenneth W Harrell

Workers compensation Attorney at Charleston, SC

4.9   16 reviews

About Kenneth

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As the managing partner of the Joye Law Firm, Ken Harrell is both diligent in his law practice and committed to the profession. He joined the firm in 1994 after spending six years as an attorney with a large, well-respected corporate defense firm. With 30 years of experience, he protects the rights of injured South Carolinians, including cases involving workers’ compensation, car accidents, and defective products. Ken also heads up the firm’s mass torts practice.

In addition to his law practice, Ken also is a frequent author and speaker for the South Carolina Bar’s continuing legal education program and the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association. Mr. Harrell is a past president of Injured Workers Advocates and also has served as the IWA’s vice president as well as chairman of its legislative affairs committee.  Ken has been honored as a member of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in South Carolina by the American Trial Lawyers Association on multiple occasions. Mr. Harrell has also been honored as a South Carolina Super Lawyer in the area of workers’ compensation, an honor bestowed on less than 5% of a state’s lawyers on mulitple occasions.  In 2015, Mr. Harrell received the "Lawyer of the Year" award for South Carolina workers' compensation law (claimants) from Best Lawyers in America. In 2017, Super Lawyers named him as one of the top 25 lawyers in South Carolina.  In 2018, he was honored by Super Lawyers as one of the top 10 lawyers in Charleston, SC. 

Ken also is committed to the community, and has presented multiple $5,000 scholarships in his grandparents’ memory at his former high school. Having grown up in a rural area, he wanted to give back to the school and community that gave him a head start. Family means a lot to Ken, and as a major Red Sox and sports fan in general, he and his father accomplished a common dream—to catch a baseball game in each of the major stadiums in the country - prior to his father's death in 2013.

He also has served as a pack leader for the Christ Our King Cub Scouts Pack 470 and coached Little League for various sports for the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department. Currently, he is a member of the board of trustrees for the Ashley Hall School, and his wife and he served as co-chairs of the school's annual fund-raising campaign in 2014-2015, when it became the first private school in the lowcountry to raise over $1 million in one year through its capital campaign. Ken is also a member of the Wofford College Parents' Board. 

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Licensed for 34 years
State SC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1988
Updated 11/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Joye Law Firm, LLP
5861 Rivers Ave., Ste. 101
Charleston, SC, 29406

Reviews

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Posted by Patricia | May 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding!
I found Ken Harrell on this web site, being an avid internet surfer, it was the best find ever! I was injured at work and didn't have any knowledge of Workman Compensation and was urged to obtain legal council. In searching the internet, I stumbled upon avvo.com. I looked for highly rated lawyers in my area and found Ken Harrell at the Joye Law Firm. Thank goodness! Mr. Harrell and his team did an excellent job dealing with the insurance company and all other aspects of my case. I am so happy they were there to run interference and were always on top of my case. Ken and his team kept me informed of any pertinent information by phone, mail, email or texts. It has been a long road and I truly believe I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't hired Mr. Harrell. If you are injured and require legal help I highly recommend Ken Harrell and his team at the Joye Law Firm.
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Posted by Tom | January 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best!
Ken was great! Ken worked with me every step along the way making sure that I was informed and understood the process. You will not be sorry you hired this firm.
Posted by Diane | August 9, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
What real Attorneys are made of
Mr. Harrell is in Charleston, SC but I'm in Greenville, SC even so he was kind enough to give me referral's to other Attorneys and spent his time answering any questions that I had .. Thank you again.
Response from Kenneth Harrell September 4, 2015
Thank you Diane
Posted by Sandy | July 6, 2015
Out of state vacationer having an accident near charleston
I was on my way home to Ohio from Florida and had an auto accident that left me stranded in S Carolina. After returning home and trying to handle the situation myself I realized I needed an attorney since my car was totaled and I was injured with the other driver at fault. I called a reputable attorney in my area and he recommended Joye Law Firm Ken Harrell as the attorney so I did. He immediately jumped in and followed it through always keeping me informed until the case was settled. I enjoyed working with him and his staff.
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Posted by Patty | February 18, 2015
Excellent Lawyer!
Ken Harrell is an extremely great lawyer! He will work hard for you. Ken was always very knowledgeable about all of the developments of my case; always keeping me informed on the progression. All appointments were scheduled at my convenience. When I had to cancel a meeting the morning of the day it was scheduled, he was very understanding and was concerned for my well being. He has a good sense of humor and a great personality! He really is interested and talks about other things going on in your life and is willing to listen to you, not just discuss the case then tries to hurry you out the door. Ken portrays a strong commitment to his clients. He is very thorough and will work hard to ensure everything that can be done has been done for you. I will definitely recommend Ken to anyone that needs a great, hard-working lawyer.
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Posted by DeAnna | December 30, 2014
The best of the best!!
I was injured on the job lifting a patient 5 years ago. I didn't immediately report it because I didn't realize the extent of my injury. After the fact, when I did apply for worker's compensation, I was denied. I contacted Joye Law firm and was blessed to get Kenneth Harrell as my attorney. He fought to get the benefits I deserved and I was able to receive the ongoing care I needed. My case was complicated with many ups and downs, three surgeries, and numerous procedures. He stood by me throughout, and represented me with professionalism and compassion for the next 5 years. I could count on him to always be there. I felt like I was his only client at times and that I had his undivided attention. He is very personable and easy to talk to. He also keeps you updated on the progression of your case and answers questions in a manner that you can understand. He is trustworthy and honest, and a diligent attorney. In my opinion he is the Best of the Best! I can't thank him enough for all he and his staff at Joye Law firm has done for me!
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Posted by Alyson | December 17, 2014
Never A Doubt in my Mind
From the moment I met Mr. Harrell and the wonderful people of the JLF, I knew I was going to be okay. I knew that they were going to help me, and make sure I was treated fairly, and respectfully. I've never seen someone work so hard just for me! Mr. Harrell has to be THE most professional and caring attorney I've ever met, and he is most deserving of each and every accollade he earns! The JLF is blessed to have such amazing people on their staff, and Kenneth Harrell is a perfect example of true character and dedication! He is without a doubt an exemplar Attorney!
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Posted by Robert | December 17, 2014
a great lawyer working for a great lawfirm
both ken Harrell and the joy lawfirm went out of their way to take care of my needs they took care of everything anything I ask them to do they did for me they even went so far as to print up an agreement between me and my spouse they are amazing lawyers and I would all I would recommend them to anyone who's in need of a lawyer if you're injured on the job if you're hurt in the accident they're not in Billings chasers they are amazing lawyers
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Posted by Lee | December 16, 2014
Ethical, Honest, Responsive Workers Comp Attorney
Ken Harrell represented me on a workers comp claim. I had tried unsuccessfully for six months to handle things on my own. When I contacted Joye Law Firm I felt immediately at ease with Ken and his entire staff. He is one of the most honest, trustworthy, and responsible people I know. His effective and efficient handling of my case, in a most professional (but personable) manner, developed in me a deep respect of, and gratitude to, Ken Harrell. I still remember the first time he told me, "just tell the truth", prior to a deposition. I was SO thankful to have an honest attorney! He took so much stress off of me throughout the course of my case. And he always...ALWAYS...returned my calls or emails within 24 hours. I truly do not know how this man does it all! He has many clients, but makes you feel like you're his only one. I'm not rich, famous, or connected. But Ken has a way of making you feel like you matter. If you find yourself in need of help navigating the SC Workers Comp system, I say get to the nearest phone and call Ken! I'm not only glad I did - I'm also proud to know a man such as him.
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Posted by Francis | December 16, 2014
Down to earth and full of knowledge
when I first met Mr Harold I was very surprised about how much he knew and also how comfortable I felt talking with himhe is firm I'll probably the best that I've ever dealt with my life and I always refer his company or anyone else's for peace of mind and professional service in which Mr Harold always goes extra 10 miles
Posted by Larry | December 16, 2014
SUPER LAWYER!!!!!!!
Ken Harrell was very helpful when handling my workers' compensation claim...I was very pleased with my settlement/lifetime medical treatment. Whenever I questions or any concern, Ken was knowledgeable and responded reasonably fast.
Posted by JOY | June 27, 2012
Review of my lawyer
Ken is a professional and has the qualities of assessibility,accuracy and accountability. I benefited from his diligence and constant personal attention to the involved and most difficult personal injury case at a time when I desperately needed it. I could not have found a better attorney. Thank God for Ken. I highly recommend him and if needed he would be the first attorney I would contact.
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Posted by Richard | June 26, 2012
Review Kenneth W Harrell
I was in a position that I've never been in, Ken was very helpful and knowledgeable with my case. He kept me informed very well. With his help I was completely satisfy with my case.
Posted by Lee | June 26, 2012
Ken Harrell is ethical, honest, trustworthy...and reachable!
Ken handled my workers comp case for four years until it settled. He and his excellent staff kept me informed throughout the case. Every time I contacted his office (whether by phone or email), I heard back from them within 24 hours...without exception! I found Ken to not only be likeable and intelligent, but ethical, honest and full of integrity. He always instructed me to "tell the truth". I was NEVER asked to lie or "stretch the truth". They truly made it easy for me...not at all stressful. And I have to say, Ken and his staff fought better for me than I could have ever fought for myself. When you are hurt or injured, you need to concentrate on getting yourself better, NOT fighting over treatment and other issues! I have not regretted one second of working with Ken Harrell and the Joye Law Firm. I've already referred a couple other friends to them and they have been happy as well. They are always honest and up front with you. They let you know exactly what to expect - as much as is humanly possible. Having experienced the S.C. workers comp system first hand, I can tell you it is absolutely horrible! For that reason, if you have been injured on the job, I STRONGLY recommend you seek legal representation immediately...preferably through Ken Harrell from the Joye Law Firm. While in waiting rooms at doctors' offices I spoke to several others caught up in the workers comp system who were represented by other law firms. Not only had they NEVER spoken directly with their attorney, but in many cases they couldn't even get the paralegal to return their calls. I can assure you, when you are up to your neck in this system, you need to be able to talk to your attorney. I don't know how Ken does it, but he makes you feel like you're his only client. However, I know he has MANY clients and he somehow puts them ALL first! You will NOT be disappointed if you trust Ken.
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Posted by Larry | June 26, 2012
Back & neck injuries
Ken Harrell was an excellent attorney and friend when he handled my workers' comp claim...he always replied to all of my questions and concerns that I had in a timely matter.I was extremely satisfied with the way my claim was settled...I would highly recommend Ken Harrell & Joye Law Firm to anyone that has a serious work injury.
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Posted by michael | July 8, 2015
My Experience
Since Mr. Harrell took over my case, I have no complaints; everything went well.Had some ups and downs but that is to be expected. All in all, Iwould reccomend this Law Firm to everyone. Thanks Ken Harrell for your awsome support and expertise.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Joye Law Firm
  • 1994 - Present
  • Associate
  • Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
  • 1988 - 1993

Education

  • James Madison University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • N/A
  • College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A

Associations

  • Brain Injury Association of South Carolina
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • South Carolina Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Injured Workers' Advocates
  • Past-president, chairman of legislative affairs committee
  • 1994 - Present
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • South Carolina Workers' Compensation Educational Association
  • Past Member - Board of Directors
  • 2011 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 10 Lawyers in Charleston, SC
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top 25 Lawyers In South Carolina
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyers - Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Plaintiffs - Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Lawyer of The Year (Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants)
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyer - Workers' Compensation
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • 10 Best - Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyer - Workers' Compensation
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Corporate Partner of the Year
  • Charleston Animal Society
  • 2009
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Publications

  • South Carolina Lawyer magazine
  • SMART Act - A Ray of Hope on Medicare Lien Issues
  • 2013
  • South Carolina Trial Lawyer Bulletin
  • Quality of Life for Trial Lawyers - Are the "Seven Habits" Still Effective?
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • SCAJ Young Lawyers Conference
  • The Little Things Make A Difference
  • 2018
  • Injured Workers' Advocates Paralegals' Conference
  • Effective Prosecution of a Third Party Claim for an Injured Worker
  • 2018
  • South Carolina Self-Insurers Assocation Annual Conference
  • How Opt-Out Legislation Would Negatively Affect Employers
  • 2016
  • M and L Spring Conference
  • Five-Star Battle of Online Reviews
  • 2015
  • I.W.A. Spring Conference
  • Ethics In Managing A Law Office
  • 2015
  • I.W.A. Annual Conference
  • A Storm Cloud Brewing - Overview of Opt-Out Legislation Nationwide
  • 2015
  • Current Issues Facing Law Firm Leaders
  • Current Issues Facing Law Firm Leaders
  • 2015
  • SCWCEA Annual Conference
  • Summary of South Carolina Workers' Compensation Decisions (2014)
  • 2014
  • 32nd Annual Medical Seminar on Workers’ Compensation
  • Mock Hearing with Kirsten Bar and Commissioners
  • 2011
  • 33rd Annual Educational Conference on Workers’ Compensation
  • Take Back Control of Your Life
  • 2009
  • 30th Annual Medical Seminar on Workers' Compensation
  • A Guide to Communication with Healthcare Providers
  • 2009
  • Trying The Automobile Injury Case In South Carolina
  • Trying The Automobile Injury Case in South Carolina
  • 1998
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Attorney endorsements

Received (37)
Given (48)
Endorse Kenneth
Workers compensation Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"Kenny Harrell is a tremendous leader and even better advocate for his clients. Kenny's enthusiasm and passion for the practice of law is contagious and he makes the attorneys around him better each day. His dedication to his clients is unrivaled and is something I am trying to model myself after in my own practice."
Workers compensation Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"Having worked against Kenny and his firm on several cases when I was on the insurance side, I have first-hand experience on Kenny's ability to zealously represent his client. I have since joined his firm and now have a closer look and greater appreciation for his legal abilities. I endorse Kenny without hesitation."
Workers compensation Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ken is a great workers' compensation advocate."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Kenny is an excellent lawyer with an outstanding reputation. I have had the pleasure of working with Kenny and his firm for a number of years and am proud to call him a colleague and friend."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ken knows his stuff. He is a man of integrity and skill, especially when it comes to his clients. I would recommend him to a friend."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Kenny is my supervising attorney at Joye Law Firm, and I have learned a great deal from him. He is a knowledgeable practitioner. His keen attention to his clients is unmatched in this profession. I look forward to continuing to grow with his guidance."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ken is a dedicated and talented injury lawyer who gets outstanding results for his clients. While we are often advocates on opposing sides, I have been impressed with Ken's advocacy and professionalism. I recommend Ken without any reservation."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Harrell is a very well respected attorney in South Carolina in helping injured victims. I endorse this lawyer!"
Unknown Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kenneth Harrell is one of the most outstanding attorneys I know. He knows the law and knows people. I would consider it to be a privilege if he represented a member of my family in the time of need. I highly recommend him."
Personal injury Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kenny Harrell is a great personal injury lawyer. He is honest, compassionate and an extremely hard worker. Anyone injured in South Carolina makes a wise decision when they hire Kenny Harrell."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He had provided an Outstanding analysis and answers on several issues that I have taken note of and he is highly respected among his peers as a leader in his field."
Workers compensation Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kenney Harrell is hard working, well prepared, very knowledgable and dedicated to acieve the best results for his clients. He enjoys the highest professional respect and esteem from Judges,Commissioners, advarsaries and colleagues alike. Kenny is someone you can trust and count on!"
Workers compensation Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Charleston Workers compensation Lawyer Kenneth W Harrell
Kenneth W Harrell
Workers compensation Attorney
Charleston, SC
Licensed for 34 years
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