Grady L. Beard


(803) 231-7824


Grady focuses his practice on workers’ compensation, workers’ compensation mediation and appellate advocacy.

He is a co-author of The Law of Workers’ Compensation Insurance in South Carolina, Sixth Edition, a comprehensive book analyzing this complex area of law. Grady is a Fellow in The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers and is a member of the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network. He served as the President of the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Educational Association from 2022-2023. Grady is also active in the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association and has been consistently recognized by Best Lawyers.

Grady currently serves on the firm's executive committee.

  • South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association
    • Lifetime Service Award (2018)
  • Best Lawyers in America
    • Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers (2008-2024)
    • Lawyer of the Year (2017)
  • Columbia Business Monthly Legal Elite (2021, 2023)
  • South Carolina Pro Bono Service Award
  • South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Leadership in Law (2021)
  • Super Lawyers – Workers’ Compensation (2022-2024)

  • Panelist (with Bobby Stepp and Tina Cundari), Keep Calm and Appeal On: Appellate Practice in South Carolina, Sowell Gray CLE Series, Columbia, South Carolina (January 2013)
  • The Law of Workers’ Compensation Insurance in South Carolina (1992, Supplement; 1998, Second Edition; 2000, Supplement; 2003, Third Edition; 2004, Fourth Edition; 2008, Fifth Edition; 2012, Sixth Edition)

  • American Bar Association
  • The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Fellow
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Larson’s National Workers’ Compensation
    • Advisory Board
  • National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
  • South Carolina Workers Compensation Educational Association
    • Immediate Past President
    • President (2022-2023)
    • Vice President (2020-2021)
    • Treasurer (2019)
    • Board of Directors
    • Vice-Chair, Workers’ Compensation Law Committee
    • Former Co-Chair, Workers’ Compensation Section
  • Supreme Court of South Carolina Certified Mediator
  • Robinson Gray 20 Year Strong Service Project
  • Palmetto Place Children’s Emergency Shelter
    • Former Member, Board of Directors

Bar Admissions
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Georgia Bar
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle and Northern Districts of Georgia
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • Emory University School of Law, J.D. (1987)
  • Northwestern State University, B.S., summa cum laude (1983)
  • Louisiana State University
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