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Chappell, Smith & Arden, P.A.

2801 Devine St., Suite 300

Columbia, SC 29205

Phone: (803) 929-3600

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Standing: Mark D. Chappell Jr., Mark D. Chappell, Mark T. Arden, Jacob D. Born, Maggie R. Chappell, C. Daniel Vega, Graham L. Newman Seated: Peter P. Leventis, William L. Smith II, W. Hugh McAngus Jr, James D. George. Not Pictured: George A. Taylor

Chappell, Smith & Arden is more than just a law firm. It is a family. The firm opened in 1993 with only two attorneys. Now, more than 26 years later, the firm has grown to 12 attorneys and six locations around South Carolina and has found its home on Devine Street. It is made up of more than 45 people from different experiences, backgrounds, and passions who care about each other and about the community in which they live. Those passions are what make Chappell, Smith & Arden the strong and successful firm that it is today.
The lawyers and staff at CSA-LAW are passionate about serving their clients in Columbia, around the state, throughout the country, and on three different continents. It is with that same passion that the CSA-LAW attorneys have served as leaders in the legal community. Mark Chappell and Hugh McAngus, Jr. both served as past presidents of the South Carolina Association of Justice. Mark Arden and Bill Smith have served as past presidents of the Injured Workers Advocates. Smith is the current president of Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group — the national association of attorneys representing injured workers.
Chappell, Smith & Arden is also passionate about serving its community. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the firm family chose 25 different charitable contributions in 2018. Those contributions included volunteering for the Red Cross, collecting toys for Happy Wheels through Palmetto Health, and sponsoring a team with Trenholm Little League, just to name a few. The saying “to whom much is given, much will be required” is important to the CSA-LAW family. Columbia has given the firm so much, and the relationship must be symbiotic.
Their deep involvement in the community, however, extends beyond their 25th anniversary celebration. Each year, the entire firm looks forward to hosting two races to benefit Homeward Bound Pet Rescue and the Ovarian Cancer Coalition. Founding partner Mark Chappell has delivered Meals on Wheels each month for decades and counting. During the holidays, the firm enjoys challenging other local firms to contribute to Toys for Tots and Harvest Hope food drives. The CSA-LAW land jet has been used to transport multiple loads of food from Harvest Hope in Columbia to Saluda, along with backpacks full of school supplies. Mark Arden’s Hope Foundation Liberia has begun changing children’s lives for the better in Grand Bassa County, Liberia with a new elementary school, a new well for fresh drinking water, and improved sanitary conditions. Throughout the school year, all of their attorneys enjoy reading to the students of Leaphart Elementary School to encourage literacy and advanced reading skills.
With passionate lawyering and compassionate people, Chappell, Smith & Arden takes pride in helping the seriously injured. Just like the members of the firm family, seriously injured people come from different experiences, backgrounds, and walks of life, and the firm is honored to serve everyone. With lawyers licensed across the Southeast and Washington, D.C., CSA-LAW has made an impact representing those seriously injured on the job and as the result of others’ negligence, such as motor vehicle/trucking crashes, mass torts like talcum powder ovarian cancer cases and 3M earplug cases, and catastrophic events such as bridge collapses and train derailments. Whether it’s a multimillion-dollar catastrophic injury or helping a friend’s child after a “fender-bender,” the CSA-LAW attorneys and staff handle each case like they would for their own family members.
At Chappell, Smith & Arden, you may start out as a client, but you will end up as a friend.