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Charleston Trial Lawyers

Boutique Law Firm, Big Firm Experience

Comprised of a team of legal strategists who truly live and breathe in the space of litigation, Pierce, Sloan, Kennedy & Early LLC not only focuses on the broader legal issues you might face but also realizes the little details that could cause anxiety or stress. In other words, we focus on eliminating your legal problems so you can focus on what really matters.

Fighting for our clients is what we do, day-in and day-out. From representing truck accident victims to major businesses embroiled in litigious battles, our Charleston trial lawyers provide insightful, tenacious, and aggressive representation for all of our clients.


We are passionate about what we do, why we do it, and most importantly, the clients we serve.


Among the Nation’s Top Trial Lawyers

A Legacy of Client Service Since 1999

Each member of the Pierce | Sloan team brings unique strengths, motivations, and insights to the table. When our strengths are combined, we are able to provide unrelenting advocacy for our clients. This approach ensures that your case is handled by the right people, with the right knowledge, and the right experience in the area of law pertaining to your specific case. That is why we believe there is strength in numbers and why we continue to adhere to the philosophy of teamwork. Our team provides you with direct access to qualified legal professionals who are personally invested in the success of your case. We do all the heavy lifting to ensure your ultimate satisfaction and success.

  • 125 Years of Combined Legal Experience
  • National Success
  • Accomplished Advocacy

If you or someone you love has been injured due to someone else’s negligent or careless actions, we can provide personalized and aggressive legal representation. At Pierce | Sloan, our injury lawyers in Charleston are committed to getting to know you, understanding your story, and achieving your goals. We also provide the sophisticated legal defense representation that businesses and corporations need.

When facing complicated legal matters, we know how to develop creative and low-risk strategies that protect your rights and interests. Our accomplished advocates offer cost-effective services to help you achieve your goals. When you retain the services of Pierce | Sloan, you can be confident that your case is in professional, capable hands.

If you would like to speak with us about your case, do not wait another moment. Call our team at (843) 968-0886 today to request a confidential consultation. You may also contact us online by using our quick and easy contact form.

Meet the Pierce, Sloan, Kennedy & Early LLC Team

  • Carl E. Pierce II Partner
  • Allan P. Sloan III Partner
  • James G. Kennedy Partner
  • William P. Early Partner
  • M. Todd Rainsford Special Counsel
  • Sonaly k. Hendricks Attorney
  • J. Morgan Forrester Attorney
  • Benjamin C. Smoot II Attorney
  • Danny Lynch Attorney
  • Katie Miller Attorney
  • R. Richard Gergel Attorney
  • Austin C. MacManus Attorney
  • Edward J. McAlpine, III Attorney
  • Jessica J. Miller Attorney
  • Andrew N. Poore Attorney
  • Carl E. Pierce, III Attorney
  • Carl E. Pierce II Partner
    He was admitted to the South Carolina Bar and United States District Court, District of South Carolina in 1986, and the United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit in 1991. His areas of practice include product liability, professional negligence, including legal malpractice defense, mass torts, toxic torts, general negligence and personal injury.

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  • Allan P. Sloan III Partner
    He was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1994, the Florida Bar in 1995, the United States District Court, District of South Carolina in 1995, and the United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit in 1995. His areas of practice include the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations – Commercial Truck Accident Litigation, personal injury, general negligence, traumatic brain injury, sexual or physical abuse of children claims and commercial litigation. Chip lives in Mount Pleasant with his wife Florence and their three children. Mr. Sloan is highly experienced in representing victims of commercial truck accidents and their families in the case of wrongful death.

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  • James G. Kennedy Partner
    He was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1989 and United States District Court, District of South Carolina in 1990, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 2010. He is a member of the Charleston County, South Carolina and American Bar Associations, the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association, and the Defense Research Institute. His areas of practice include toxic torts, product liability, construction litigation, medical malpractice, and general negligence.

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  • William P. Early Partner
    He was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1998, the United States District Court, District of South Carolina in 1999 and the Tennessee Bar in 2016. His areas of practice include personal injury, toxic torts, and medical malpractice.

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  • M. Todd Rainsford Special Counsel
    He was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 2001, and the United States District Court, District of South Carolina in 2004. Prior to joining the firm, Todd clerked for the Honorable John C. Hayes, III of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit. He is a member of the Charleston County Bar, South Carolina Bar, and American Bar Association. His areas of practice include products liability, personal injury, and toxic torts.

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  • Sonaly k. Hendricks Attorney
    Sonaly Hendricks heads the construction litigation department at Pierce, Sloan, Kennedy & Early LLC., where she has represented builders, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, building component manufacturers, insurance carriers, and individual homeowners in complex suits involving properties ranging from multi-million dollar beach-front condominiums to a $20 million single custom residence, and everything in between.

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  • J. Morgan Forrester Attorney
    Morgan is a member of the Charleston County Bar, South Carolina Bar, and American Bar Association. His areas of practice include commercial truck accident litigation, personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability, and general negligence.

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  • Benjamin C. Smoot II Attorney
    He is a graduate of the University of Virginia (B.A. 2008) and of the Charleston School of Law (J.D. 2013). Ben has been with Pierce, Sloan, Kennedy & Early LLC since 2011 and is a member of the Charleston County Bar, South Carolina Bar, Virginia Bar and American Bar Associations. His areas of practice include tort litigation, business litigation, and contract litigation.

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  • Danny Lynch Attorney
    He was admitted to the South Carolina bar in 2016 and spent the first couple years of his career as an Assistant Solicitor prosecuting a variety of criminal cases in Beaufort County. He joined Pierce, Sloan, Kennedy & Early LLC in 2018. His areas of practice include products liability, construct litigation, and contract litigation.

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  • Katie Miller Attorney
    She was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 2010. Prior to joining the firm, Katie practiced domestic litigation for a number of years in the Charleston area. She is a member of the South Carolina Bar and the Charleston County Bar. Her practice areas include insurance defense, products liability, and toxic torts.

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  • R. Richard Gergel Attorney

    Richie Gergel is a native of Columbia, South Carolina. He received an undergraduate from New York University (B.A., 2007). Richie also received a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Columbia University (M.S., 2010) and worked as an investigative reporter and producer for CNN, NBC and Vice.

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  • Austin C. MacManus Attorney

    Austin C. MacManusis originally from St. Louis, Missouri. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sports Management from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. After receiving his undergraduate degree, Austin moved to Charleston, South Carolina to pursue his law degree. He earned his Juris Doctor from the Charleston School of Law, where he received the CALI Award of Excellence in Sport Employment Law and Sales. He has been admitted to practice in the State of South Carolina and the United States District Court, District of South Carolina since 2021.

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  • Edward J. McAlpine, III Attorney
    Edward J. McAlpine, III (Trey) is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He received an undergraduate degree from Georgia College & State University (B.A., cum laude, 2017), where he was a member of the Division II hockey team. After college, Trey moved to Charleston, South Carolina to attend the Charleston School of Law (J.D., 2020), where he was a member of Phi Alpha Delta, the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Law Student Division), Criminal Law Society, and Trial Advocacy Team. Trey is a member of the South Carolina Bar, and his areas of practice include personal injury, premises liability, and general negligence, among others.

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  • Jessica J. Miller Attorney
    Jessica J. Miller is originally from Charleston, West Virginia. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from West Virginia University Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, along with receiving minors in Political Science and Communication Studies. Jessica began her legal education at West Virginia University College of Law in 2017, where, in 2019, she was a recipient of the Joyce E. McConnell Scholarship for her demonstration in high levels of leadership, industriousness, and academic excellence.

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  • Andrew N. Poore Attorney
    He joined Pierce, Sloan, Kennedy & Early LLC in March 2021. His areas of practice include products liability, insurance defense, personal injury, contract litigation, toxic torts, construction litigation, premises liability, and asbestos defense.

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  • Carl E. Pierce, III Attorney
    Carl E. Pierce, III (Trey) is a Charleston native. He received his undergraduate degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (B.S., 2016), where he was a member of the football team, Beta Gamma Sigma (Business Honors Society), and Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honors Society). After college, Trey attended the University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D., 2019). 

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