John D. Harrell, Sr.

John D. Harrell Sr.After growing up in Charleston, John received a Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of South Carolina prior to attending Georgetown University Law Center to earn his Juris Doctorate. Having completed his undergraduate studies, John founded and managed a government contracting firm, which he continued to run while attending Georgetown University. Upon his return to Charleston, John became an Associate Attorney with a well-established Charleston law firm, where he began his practice in insurance defense and construction litigation. Presently, John is the managing attorney at the Harrell Law Firm, PA, which he established in 2001. In addition to his vast legal experience, John served as a Commission Member on the South Carolina Judicial Merit Selection Commission from 2007-2014 and has been an adjunct professor at the Charleston School of Law since 2013. John has been named among U.S. News and World Report’s Best Lawyers in America for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. He is a member of the Charleston County Bar Association, South Carolina Bar Association, American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, American Association for Justice, and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.


Recent Professional Distinctions

  • U.S. News and World Report:
    Best Lawyers in America, *special distinction in Construction Law – John D. Harrell, Sr. – 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018
  • U.S. News and World Report:
    Best Law Firms in America – Harrell Law Firm, PA – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018

Bar Associations & Admissions:

  • South Carolina Bar Association, Admitted 1998
  • United States District Court, Admitted 1999
  • United States Court of Appeals, Admitted 1999
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association

Advocacy Associations:

  • NITA Advocates Association (National Institute of Trial Advocacy)
  • American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America)