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.