Chappell, Smith & Arden

Chappell, Smith & Arden

We are a southeastern regional law firm with multiple attorneys and offices representing people injured on the job or as the result of the negligence of others. We have a proven track record of successfully handling our clients' cases.

Firm Overview

Chappell Smith & Arden is a law firm of dedicated lawyers and staff helping individuals who have been injured. Our lawyers are licensed in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Washington, DC. We appear in all Courts from magistrates to the Supreme Court and before all tribunals and administrative bodies such as the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission. Our lawyers are leaders in their fields having served as presidents of the South Carolina Association of Justice, South Carolina Workers' Compensation Association and Injured Workers Advocates, all associations dedicated to protecting the rights of the injured. With over 100 years combined experience in areas of law such as workers' comp, Social Security, complex litigation, trucking accidents, defective products, aviation crashes, motor vehicle accidents and nursing home cases, we have seen it all and are prepared to assist you.

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Main Office
Chappell, Smith & Arden
2801 Devine Street
Suite 300
Columbia  SC  29205
Phone
  • (800) 531-9780
Fax
  • (803) 929-3604
Websites

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?
Yes
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
All

Office Information

Office Hours
8:30-5:30
Office Manager
Blake Herring
Languages Spoken
Spanish

Other Offices

Chappell Smith & Arden
322 Laurens Street NW
Aiken,  SC 
Chappell Smith & Arden
181 S. Coit Street
Florence,  SC 
Chappell Smith & Arden
1770 India Hook Road
Rock Hill,  SC 
Chappell Smith & Arden
27 West Calhoun Street
Sumter,  SC 

Mark Chappell

I have spent the past 30 years only representing people injured by the negligence of others. I have never represented an insurance company and never will. My job and goal is to represent you and obtain the largest amount possible to compensate you for your injuries. As a past president of the South Carolina Association for Justice, Chair of the South Carolina Bar Judicial Qualifications Committee and current Board member for the national American Association of Justice, my peers have recognized my commitment to well representing individuals who have been injured or killed. I have represented thousands of clients in my nearly three decades of practice, tried hundreds of cases and received millions in verdicts and settlements. From the simplest car wreck to complex catastrophic cases such as bridge collapses, train derailments, and multi-car pile-ups, I have seen it all. Allow me to help you with your legal matter. Thank you.
License
  • Bar Number: 1197
    South Carolina , 1985
  • Bar Number: 000037120
    District of Columbia , 1993
Education
  • University of South Carolina
    Juris Doctorate , 1984

William Smith

I am one of the founding partners of Chappell, Smith & Arden. I have represented thousands of injured workers over the years. His career focus has always been Workers' Comp and having been active in the SC Workers' Compensation Education Association, the Governor's Advisory Committee on Workers' Compensation and Injured Workers' Advocates makes me uniquely qualified to mediate over all types of South Carolina Workers' Comp cases. In shot, I use my years of knowledge and experience in workers' compensation to pursue justice, obtain the compensation and improve conditions for workers.
Education
  • University of South Carolina School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1984
  • Limestone College
    BA, summa cum laude , 1981

Mark Arden

Were you injured on the job? Please don't give a statement to an insurance company without first speaking with a workers' comp attorney. You can count on me to help you maximize your recovery. I am a partner at Chappell, Smith & Arden. My practice concentrates in the areas of workers' compensation, complex litigation, personal injury and administrative law. I graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law and was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1986.
Education
  • University of South Carolina School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1986
    Phi Alpha Delta
  • University of South Carolina
    Bachelors of Art, cum laude , 1983

Danny Vega

Danny Vega has been practicing law for 10 years with Chappell, Smith & Arden. During that time he has represented hundreds of individuals needing help with work related injuries and disability benefits. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar, American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America), Injured Worker's Advocates, Workers' Injury Law Advocacy Group, and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives. He is a past board member and treasurer of South Carolina Legal Services, Hispanic Leadership Council and the Brain Injury Alliance. Danny graduated from The Citadel and Regent University School of Law.

When asked why he represents injured individuals he will tell you: "The government and corporations can pay attorneys money to lobby representatives for benefits. When I go to court it is just me and my client. Although I represent many people, I work for one individual at a time to get them the benefits they deserve. I like helping people."

W. Hugh McAngus, Jr

Hugh McAngus graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina in 2001. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of South Carolina in 2006, where he was a member of the South Carolina Law Review, Order of Wig and Robe, and Order of the Coif.

Hugh practices with Chappell, Smith & Arden's litigation team, focusing his practice on trucking litigation, motor vehicle wrecks, products liability, and other personal injury matters.

Hugh is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in South Carolina and all state courts in North Carolina and the United States North Carolina District Court, Western Division. He is member of the South Carolina Association for Justice, American Association for Justice, Attorneys Information Exchange Group, AAJ's Trucking Litigation and Nursing Home Litigation Groups, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, and the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America.

Jacob Born

Jacob Born is part of Chappell, Smith & Arden's litigation team. His practice focuses on motor vehicle accidents, trucking, products liability, and nursing home litigation. Jacob began working with the Chappell, Smith & Arden in 2005, and joined the firm as an attorney in 2011.

Jacob earned his undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina in 2006 and his law degree from the Charleston School of Law in 2011.

Jacob is licensed to practice law in South Carolina and Georgia. He is also a member of the South Carolina Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, the Richland County Bar Association, The South Carolina Association for Justice, and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.

Jacob is also a childhood cancer survivor and an eagle scout.
License
  • Bar Number: 100026
    South Carolina , 2011
  • Bar Number: 304080
    Georgia , 2012
Education
  • University of South Carolina
    BA , 2006
  • Charleston School of Law
    J.D. , 2011

Graham Newman

Graham Newman joined Chappell, Smith and Arden in June of 2014 to add his experience in complex civil litigation to the firm's repertoire of practice areas. For most of the last decade, Graham's work has focused on commercial class actions, contractual litigation, insurance bad faith, and products liability in both state and federal court. His trial court victories have included a $14.5 million insurance bad faith verdict, an $8 million class action judgment, and a $4.75 million verdict products liability verdict. Graham has briefed numerous appeals before the South Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and United States Supreme Court. He has also argued four cases before the South Carolina Court of Appeals and one case before the South Carolina Supreme Court.

Originally from Sumter, South Carolina, Graham graduated from Sumter High School in 1997. He attended the University of South Carolina Honors College where he graduated in 2001 with a double major in History and English, magna cum laude. While at USC, Graham also was a three-year letterman in Track and Field and was named an Outstanding Senior and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After graduation, he received the J. Strom Thurmond Scholarship to the University of South Carolina School of Law where he was awarded a Juris Doctor in 2004.

After law school, Graham clerked for the Honorable Howard P. King, Circuit Judge of the Third Judicial Circuit prior to joining the Sumter County Public Defender's Office. As a public defender, and within one year of becoming a member of the Bar, Graham served as a first chair attorney trying felony indictments to a jury verdict before the South Carolina Court of General Sessions. Graham practiced for eight years with the law firm of Richard A. Harpootlian, P.A. Alongside Dick Harpootlian, he litigated many of the firm's most complex civil and criminal cases.

Graham has one child, a four year-old boy, and one pet, a two year-old Portuguese Water Dog. He enjoys spending his free time with the two of them on Lake Murray, watching sports, or just plain having fun.

Representative Cases:

Kirven v. Central States Health & Life, __ S.C. __, Op. No. 27403 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed June 25, 2014) (Shearhouse Adv. Sh. No. 25 at 15).
Stevens & Wilkinson of South Carolina, Inc. v. City of Columbia, 396 S.C. 338, 721 S.E.2d 455 (S.C. Ct. App. 2012).
Keeter v. Alpine Towers Int'l, Inc., 399 S.C. 179, 730 S.E.2d 890 (S.C. Ct. App. 2012).
Ward v. Dixie Nat. Life Ins. Co., 595 F.3d 164 (4th Cir. 2010).
Temp. Services, Inc. v. Am. Int'l Group, Inc., 388 S.C. 348, 697 S.E.2d 527 (S.C. 2010).
Bovain v. Canal Ins., 383 S.C. 100, 678 S.E.2d 422 (S.C. 2009).
Edwards v. State, 383 S.C. 82, 678 S.E.2d 412 (S.C. 2009).
Ward v. Dixie Nat. Life Ins. Co., 257 F. App'x. 620 (4th Cir. 2007) (unpublished).

Areas of Practice:

Class Actions
Products Liability
Insurance Disputes
Consumer Protection
Business Litigation
Breach of Contract


Presentaions:

"Battle Brothers: Litigating the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act." South Carolina Association of Justice Convention, August 2014.
"Alone in the Valley of the Shadow of Death: A Frank Discussion about Survival." South Carolina Association of Justice Convention, August 2014.
"The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act." South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center, June 2014.
"Mixing Oil and Water: Combining Trial and Appellate Practice." South Carolina Bar Convention, January 2013.
"The Complete Young Lawyer's Guide on How Not to Write." South Carolina Association of Justice Convention, August 2012.
License
  • Bar Number: 72845
    South Carolina , 2004
Education
  • University of South Carolina--Honors College
    B.A. (History and English) , 2001
    Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of South Carolina School of Law
    J.D. , 2004
    Strom Thurmond Fellow Scholarship Recipient

Andrew Fajardo

Andrew Fajardo is an experienced workers' compensation attorney who has argued cases and handled appellate work before the State Workers' Compensation Commission and the appellate courts. He has focused his legal career almost exclusively in the field of workers' compensation.
Andrew joined Chappell, Smith & Arden in July of 2015. He brought with him innumerable skills and diverse experiences that have aided the firm in helping protect and compensate workers.
In his spare time, Andrew enjoys playing classical piano. He also appreciates most anything associated with motor sports and spending time on outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing. Andrew's wife, Stephanie Fajardo, is also a practicing attorney in Columbia, SC. When not advocating for their clients, they enjoy spending time with their rescue dog, Stella.
Practice Area
Workers' Compensation
Admitted to Practice
South Carolina, 2010
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law, JD, 2010
University of South Carolina, B.A. (Business Administration) 2006
Professional Memberships, Awards and Accomplishments
American Bar Association
South Carolina Bar Association
Richland County Bar Association
Injured Workers' Advocates
National Society of Collegiate Scholar
Licensed Instructor with SC Department of Insurance
Lake Murray Presbyterian Church, former Member
Top Lawyer in South Carolina: Highest Ethical Standards & Professional Excellence
Presentations
CLE on Workers Compensation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Legal Clinic: Workers Compensation Presentation in Columbia, South Carolina
Workers Compensation Law and Practice Sterling Education Services Presenter

Peter Leventis

Peter concentrates his practice in workers' compensation and mediation, representing the rights of injured workers. Peter obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA in 1999. He was commissioned as a Special Agent for the United States Secret Service 2000. Peter was assigned to the New York Field office, and served in both special protective and investigative missions for the U.S. Department of Treasury and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security while he was an agent. Peter returned home to South Carolina to attend law school and received his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2007. Peter has represented clients in hundreds of workers' compensation trials, including appeals before the South Carolina Supreme Court. Peter has argued and litigated all types of disputed workers' compensation matters, including occupational exposure, repetitive trauma, brain injuries as well as workers' compensation matters that involve third party liens and subrogation claims. Peter is also a certified Circuit Court Mediator in South Carolina.
Practice Area
Workers' Compensation
Admitted to Practice
South Carolina, 2007
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law, JD, 2007
Federal Law Enforcement Special Agent and US Secret Service Training Academy, 2000
University of Virginia, 1999
Professional Memberships, Awards and Accomplishments
South Carolina Workers' Compensation Educational Association
Workers Compensation Ad Hoc Committee on Lump Sum Awards
South Carolina Association for Justice
Super Lawyers, Rising Star 2016
National Spokes Person for the NY Interagency Electronic Crimes Task Force 2002-2003

Mark D. Chappell Jr.

Mark D. Chappell, Jr. concentrates in the areas of personal injury, premises liability, motor vehicle accidents, products liability, nursing home abuse and neglect, commercial motor vehicle accidents, and intellectual property disputes. Mark is a 2010 graduate of Wofford College and previously worked as a Banker in Charleston, South Carolina before beginning law school. Mark is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law and was admitted to practice in 2015. As a law student, he was actively involved in the Student Bar Association, President of the South Carolina Association for Justice South Carolina School of Law Chapter, Clerked for the South Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee, and a Captain of the School of Law's Mock Trial team, where he competed nationwide. Mark received the 2015 Luther M. Lee Scholarship, awarded annually by the Dean and faculty of the University of South Carolina School of Law to a third year student who possesses academic excellence, integrity, and leadership.
Practice Areas
Personal Injury
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Products Liability
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Premises Liability
Catastrophic Injury Litigation
Commercial Motor Vehicle Accidents
Admitted to Practice
South Carolina, 2015
U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 2015
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law, JD, 2015
Wofford College, BA in Business Economics, 2010
Professional Memberships, Awards and Accomplishments
South Carolina Association for Justice, Past President of the University of South Carolina School of Law Chapter
American Association for Justice, Young Lawyer Division Member
South Carolina Bar Association, Member
Richland County Bar Association, Member
Luther M. Lee Scholarship, 2015 Recipient

William Starnes

Will focuses his practice on Estate Planning and Personal Injury cases. Will graduated from Wofford College in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business-Economics. After graduating college, Will attended the University Of South Carolina School Of Law and obtained his law degree in 2015. Will represents individuals who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents. Will also works with clients to create and implement estate plans, which includes wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, healthcare powers of attorney and living wills.
Practice Areas:
Personal Injury
Estate Planning
Probate Litigation
Admitted to Practice
South Carolina 2016
Education:
University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D. 2015
Phi Delta Phi
CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Media Law
Wofford College, B.A. Business Economics 2012
Honor Council
Professional Memberships, Awards, Accomplishments
Richland County Bar Association
South Carolina Bar
Young Lawyers Division
South Carolina Association for Justice

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