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
  • (800) 531-9780
  • (803) 929-3604

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.
  • Bar Number: 1197
    South Carolina , 1985
  • Bar Number: 000037120
    District of Columbia , 1993
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bar Number: 100026
    South Carolina , 2011
  • Bar Number: 304080
    Georgia , 2012
  • 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


"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.
  • Bar Number: 72845
    South Carolina , 2004
  • 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

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