Kenneth M. Suggs

Top rated medical malpractice attorney in Columbia, South Carolina

Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC
Kenneth M. Suggs
Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC

Practice Areas: Medical malpractice, Business litigation, Personal injury; view more

Licensed in South Carolina since: 1975

Education: University of South Carolina School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2023

Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC

801 Gervais Street
Suite B
Columbia, SC 29201 Visit website


Attorney Kenneth M. Suggs is the litigation principal with Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC, law firm and leads the firm's personal injury division. Working primarily from the firm's law office in Columbia, South Carolina, Mr. Suggs provides unmatched advocacy and support to clients throughout the state who have suffered injuries or lost loved ones due to the negligent, careless or unlawful actions of others.

A nationally ranked and award-winning trial attorney, Mr. Suggs has achieved considerable success over his more than 40 years in practice, and he has recovered millions of dollars in total compensation for plaintiff clients suffering needlessly as a result of medical malpractice, defective products, slip-and-fall accidents, motor vehicle accidents and other preventable tragedies.

Honored for his outstanding legal abilities and unwavering devotion to his clients, Mr. Suggs has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell and consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America**, including the organization's 2010 Lawyer of the Year award. Moreover, The Summit Council has voted him among the Top Civil Justice attorneys in the nation, and he received the 2016 War Horse Award from the Southern Trial Lawyers Association as well as the Advocate of the Year award in 2006 from the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center.

Mr. Suggs' leadership skills are further apparent in his having served as president of the American Association for Justice and the South Carolina Association for Justice. He also serves on the executive committee for the National Center for State Courts as well as advisory board member of The Best Lawyers in America. In addition, he is a Fellow with the prestigious National College of Advocacy.

A 1968 graduate of Clemson University, Mr. Suggs obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1975. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States, and he served active tours of duty with the U.S. Navy, where he received several medals and commendations for his service.

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Practice areas

Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff, Business litigation, Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Personal injury - products: plaintiff

Focus areas

Medical malpractice, Birth injury, Delayed or incorrect diagnosis, Medical devices, Pharmaceutical

  • 60% Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff
  • 20% Business litigation
  • 10% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 10% Personal injury - products: plaintiff

First Admitted: 1975, South Carolina

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Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Vietnam veteran. Navy Achievement Medal with combat "v", Vietnamese Honor Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, Combat Action Ribbon
  • Birth injury (negligence in performing caesarean section), Washington, Iowa. $18.5 million actual damages. Birth injury (negligence in performing Caesarean section), Des Moines, Iowa. $13.5 million actual damages. Birth injury. York County. SC. $4.4 million actual damages. Birth injury (failure to timely perform c-section). Sumter County SC. $3.3 million actual damages. Breach of contract, Richland County, SC. $48 million in damages, actual and punitive. Insurance bad faith, Orangeburg County, SC. $600,000 actual and $1.6 million punitive damages. Insurance bad faith, Orangeburg County, SC. $50,000 actual damages, $1.5 million punitive damages. Medical malpractice (failure to recognize post-surgical complication). Washington, DC. $6 million actual damages. Past results do not necessarily predict future success
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Author, “The Heart of Darkness: The Modern Nursing Home,” S.C.T.L.A. Bulletin, September 1986
  • Co-author, The Law of Automobile Insurance in South Carolina
  • Co-author, Evaluating and Settling Personal Injury Claims in South Carolina
  • Co-author, South Carolina Appellate Practice Handbook
  • Author, “Secret Settlements,” South Carolina Lawyer, November – December 1993
  • Author, “Recovery for Emotional Distress,” S.C.T.L.A. Bulletin, January, 1984
  • Author, “Failure Analysis of a Plastic Boat Seat,” American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Pub. 87-DE-8
Educational Background:
  • B.A. in Economics, Clemson University, Honors: President’s Advisory Committee and Board of Visitors, 1968
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Executive Committee of the Lawyers Committee for the National Center for State Courts
  • Advisory Board, St. Lawrence Place
  • Advisory Board, Best Lawyers in America
  • Member, South Carolina Commission on Judicial Conduct
  • Advisory Board, South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center
  • Advisory Board, City Year Columbia
  • Advisory Board, South Carolina Center for Capital Litigation
  • Team Captain, Trinity Cathedral Free Breakfast Program
  • Board of Directors, Carolina Sunshine Children, Inc.
  • Public Justice Foundation, Executive Committee, 2009
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • South Carolina Bar, House of Delegates, 1982 and 1996 – 1997
  • Founding Fellow, Southern Trial Lawyers Association
  • United States Supreme Court
  • South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, President, 1980 – 1981
  • Fourth Circuit of Appeals
  • South Carolina Bar, 1975
  • President, American Association for Justice, 2005 - 2006, President, South Carolina Association for Justice, President, Richland County Bar Association, President, 1999, President, Young Lawyers Division, SC Bar, 1980, Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, Summit Council, NTL Round Table
  • Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Plaintiffs; Medical Malpractice Law-Plaintiffs; Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs; Product Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs, Best Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, 2023
  • Fellow, National College of Advocacy
  • Top Point Getter, South Carolina Super Lawyer’s, 2009
  • One of the nation’s finest trial lawyers
  • LinkedIn – Top 1% Most Endorsed in United States for Litigation
  • Top Civil Justice Attorneys, The Summit Council
  • Lawyer of the Year, South Carolina Super Lawyers, 2008
  • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year, South Carolina, 2010
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers, 2008-2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year – Product Liability Litigation, Plaintiffs – Columbia, SC, 2010, 2012, 2016
  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year – Personal Injury Litigation, Plaintiffs – Columbia, SC, 2009, 2014
  • South Carolina School of Law Alumni Association, “Complete Lawyer” Award
  • Founders Award from South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, 2006 - 2007
  • National Defense Medal
  • South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association President’s Award, 1988
  • Harry Philo Award, AAJ
  • Vietnam Campaign Medal
  • Vietnam Service Medal
  • John W. Williams Distinguished Service Award, Richland County Bar
  • Founders Award, SCAJ
  • Pursuit of Justice Award, T.I.P.S. Section of ABA, 2008
  • Advocate of the Year, South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center, 2006
  • War Horse Award, Southern Trial Lawyers Association, Advocates for over 30 years and leaders of the Bar, 2016

Office location for Kenneth M. Suggs

801 Gervais Street
Suite B
Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-726-0050

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