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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 27 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. 

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. 


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Practice areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 50%
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
  3. Car Accident: 25%



Contingent (33-40%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

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  • C. Daniel Vega

    Ken is a great workers' compensation advocate.


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  • Andrew William Fajardo

    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.


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Contact info

Joye Law Firm, LLP

5861 Rivers Ave., Ste. 101
Charleston, SC, 29406


SCGood Standing198807/03/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2016
Plaintiffs - Personal Injury and Workers' CompensationBest Lawyers in America2016
10 Best - Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys2015
Best Lawyer - Workers' CompensationBest Lawyers in America2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Lawyer of The Year (Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants)Best Lawyers in America2015
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Best Lawyer - Workers' CompensationBest Lawyers in America2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Corporate Partner of the YearCharleston Animal Society2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerJoye Law Firm1994 - Present
AssociateNelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough1988 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
Brain Injury Association of South CarolinaMember2015 - Present
South Carolina Workers' Compensation Educational AssociationMember - Board of Directors2011 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1994 - Present
South Carolina Association for JusticeMember1994 - Present
Injured Workers' AdvocatesPast-president, chairman of legislative affairs committee1994 - Present
South Carolina BarMember1988 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
South Carolina Lawyer magazineSMART Act - A Ray of Hope on Medicare Lien Issues2013
South Carolina Trial Lawyer BulletinQuality of Life for Trial Lawyers - Are the "Seven Habits" Still Effective?2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
James Madison UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
South Carolina Self-Insurers Assocation Annual ConferenceHow Opt-Out Legislation Would Negatively Affect Employers2016
M and L Spring ConferenceFive-Star Battle of Online Reviews2015
I.W.A. Spring ConferenceEthics In Managing A Law Office2015
I.W.A. Annual ConferenceA Storm Cloud Brewing - Overview of Opt-Out Legislation Nationwide2015
Current Issues Facing Law Firm LeadersCurrent Issues Facing Law Firm Leaders2015
SCWCEA Annual ConferenceSummary of South Carolina Workers' Compensation Decisions (2014)2014
32nd Annual Medical Seminar on Workers’ CompensationMock Hearing with Kirsten Bar and Commissioners2011
33rd Annual Educational Conference on Workers’ CompensationTake Back Control of Your Life2009
30th Annual Medical Seminar on Workers' CompensationA Guide to Communication with Healthcare Providers2009
Trying The Automobile Injury Case In South CarolinaTrying The Automobile Injury Case in South Carolina1998