Founding Partner
Mark D. Chappell

Email: Mark Chappell  |  Phone: 800-531-9780

Mark Chappell is a founding partner of Chappell, Smith & Arden. He concentrates his practice in personal injury, truck and auto accidents, catastrophic injury and product liability cases. Since he was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1985, Mark has handled thousands of cases, winning millions of dollars for injured clients. One of Mark’s cases created a new South Carolina law protecting young ATV riders. Mark served as Chair of the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee representing 71 race fans injured in the bridge collapse at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and was the plaintiff’s liaison in the Graniteville train derailment class action suit. Mark frequently speaks at CLE seminars and is leading the End Distracted Driving campaign in South Carolina. Mark uses his knowledge and experience to pursue justice and obtain the compensation that injured people deserve to rebuild their lives.

Admitted to Practice

• South Carolina, 1985

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1985

• District of Columbia, 1993


University of South Carolina School of Law, JD, 1984

University of South Carolina, BS in Finance and Economics, 1981

Professional Memberships, Awards and Accomplishments

South Carolina Bar, Chair, Judicial Qualifications Committee; Member, House of Delegates

South Carolina Association for Justice, Past President

American Association for Justice, Board of Governors

American Board of Trial Advocates

Attorneys Information Exchange Group

Super Lawyers of South Carolina

Million Dollar Advocates Forum

South Carolina Supreme Court Certified Mediator

• Appointed Chair of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee representing nearly 100 race fans injured in the 2000 Charlotte Motor Speedway bridge collapse

• Received the largest jury verdict in York County’s history at $3.5 million

• Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel in the In Re Graniteville Cases representing people injured in the 2005 Graniteville train derailment pending before Judge Margaret B. Seymour in Federal District Court

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