Mark D. Chappell
Catastrophic Injury | Product Liability | Workers’ Compensation | Personal Injury | Truck and Auto Accidents
Mark Chappell has been very fortunate to practice as a trial lawyer for over 30 years. As a founding partner of Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. he has handled thousands of cases in personal injury, truck and auto accidents, catastrophic injury, and product liability. He only represents people who have been injured through others negligence. He does not represent insurance carriers, employers, or companies.
As one of ten children from a family in Chester, SC, Mark knows what it is like to work hard and appreciate one’s roots. While neither of his parents graduated high school, he feels very blessed to have attended college, graduating in three years with degrees in both economics and finance. He was then accepted to the University of South Carolina School of Law and graduated in 1984. He was admitted to practice in 1985 and has been proudly practicing since. Mark has been married to his high school sweetheart for 35 years and is the proud father of four children, one of whom practices law with him.
Professional Awards and Accomplishments:
- 2021 Founder’s Award from the South Carolina Association of Justice
- Super Lawyers: 2009-2022
- 2015 “Compleat Lawyer” award from the USC School of Law Alumni Council
- Martindale Hubble AV rated in Litigation and Workers’ Compensation
- Enjuris Million Dollar Advocate (2022-2023)
Awards and Cases
Mark Chappell Delivers ABOTA “Masters in Trial” Closing Argument
Mark Chappell, founding member of Chappell Smith and Arden, P.A., delivered the closing argument for the Plaintiff’s case in the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates “Masters in Trial” competition last Friday. The mock-trial, held at the University of South Carolina law school, featured many of the most distinguished courtroom advocates in South Carolina.
ABOTA is an invitation-only organization of attorneys committed to the strength and preservation of the civil justice system. Attorneys receiving an invitation to join ABOTA are admitted only after passing through a rigorous screening process to ensure that they are of high personal character and honorable reputation in their communities.
Mark Chappell Elected to AAJ Board of Governors
Personal injury attorney Mark Chappell of Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. has been elected to the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Board of Governors. Chappell will serve a two-year term representing the South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ). Members of the AAJ Board represent their home state to the national association.
AAJ was founded in 1946 as the National Association of Claimants’ Compensation Attorneys. In 2006, members voted to rename the group the American Association for Justice. AAJ is the world’s largest trial bar and aims to promote a fair and effective justice system. They support the work of attorneys in their effort to ensure that everyone has the legal right to obtain justice in the courtroom. AAJ consists of members worldwide who are involved in diverse areas of trial advocacy.
Mark Chappell and Graham Newman Honored as Super Lawyers
The legal team at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. is proud to announce that partner Mark Chappell has been named as a Super Lawyer for 2018. Mr. Chappell has received this recognition annually since 2009, making this his tenth consecutive year. Graham Newman has also been honored. Mr. Newman has been named a Rising Star by the Super Lawyers organization each year since 2013, making this his sixth consecutive year.
Mr. Chappell recognizes that each client and case are unique, and he handles his work with great insight and responsiveness backed by more than 30 years of experience. Since founding the firm, Mark has handled thousands of cases in personal injury, truck and auto accidents, catastrophic injury, and product liability. He represents only those who have been injured by the negligence, incompetence, or wrongdoing of others. He never represents insurance carriers, employers, or companies.
The dedication, vast experience, insight, and the personal attention Graham Newman provides for his clients are the reasons he has once again been honored as a Super Lawyers Rising Star. Mr. Newman’s work is 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 products liability verdict.
The highly regarded Super Lawyer honor is awarded after an extensive, patented, multi-phase selection process. It combines independent research with peer nominations and evaluations. Every candidate is individually evaluated on twelve indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made annually, on a state-by-state basis. Honorees represent the top five percent of attorneys in each state. The selection process for Rising Stars is the same, with the exception being that a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less.
Mark Chappell Receives 2021 Founder’s Award from the South Carolina Association of Justice
Congrats to our partner Mark Chappell for receiving the 2021 Founder’s Award from the South Carolina Association of Justice. The Association presents this award to one person annually “for years of professional service to the people of this country and to the purposes of this Association and who is worthy of being recognized as the Peoples’ Advocate.” There couldn’t be a more worthy recipient of such an award than Mark Chappell and his team here at CSA Law couldn’t be more proud!
Mark Chappell Receives Prestigious “Compleat Lawyer” Award
In a reception last night at the University of South Carolina, Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. co-founder Mark Chappell received the prestigious “Compleat Lawyer” award from the USC School of Law Alumni Council.
The Compleat Lawyer award was established in 1992 and is bestowed upon attorneys who have made significant contributions to the legal profession and exemplify the highest standards of professional competence, ethics and integrity. The award selection committee consists of the Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court, the Chief Judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals, the President of the South Carolina Bar, the Chairman of the Law School Alumni Council, and the Dean of the USC School of Law.
Mark Chappell was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1985 and has handled thousands of cases including at least one in every county of the State. His civic achievements include playing instrumental roles in the drafting and enacting of the “Jessica Horton Act“, which requires outside investigation of deaths on college campuses, and “Chandler’s Law“, which requires the observation of strict safety protocols for minors operating All-Terrain vehicles.