The Jebaily Law Firm was born on the day that Ronald J. Jebaily “hung a shingle” in Florence in 1969 after receiving his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
As the years passed, Jebaily’s own practice has changed and so has the firm he created. But he’s never changed course from that initial commitment to providing people in the Florence area with compassionate aggressive workers comp lawyer services.
A native New Yorker, Jebaily got his early training in the law there working under the great Moe Levine in the law firm of Levine & Broder. When Jebaily’s parents moved to South Carolina, he followed suit and quickly fell in love with the Palmetto State.
“I knew it was where I wanted to spend my career and set down roots,” he said.
As he began building his practice, he initially handled a broad range of legal matters. Over time, however, he began to focus his work on personal injury and workers compensation attorney cases.
Ron is very involved in fighting for the legal rights of injured workers and is the lead attorney for the Workers’ Compensation Team.
In 1976 Attorney Steven Glass joined Jebaily to form the firm Jebaily & Glass. When Glass retired in 1999, the name of the firm was permanently changed to Jebaily Law Firm, P.A.
Over the years, the firm has grown and today numbers six attorneys. Jebaily’s own practice has continued to change as well. Today he concentrates almost solely on Workers’ Compensation cases.
“I came to believe that injured workers are number two, after injured children, in terms of being deserving, and I feel wonderful representing them,” Jebaily says. “You get people at one of the lowest points in their lives and you have an opportunity to lift them up. It’s enormously gratifying.”
The workers comp lawyer has enjoyed the satisfaction of being able to change South Carolina law for the benefit of all working people.
In 2003, the Supreme Court of South Carolina ruled in his client’s favor in Bray v. Marathon. The court ruled that a worker was entitled to recover from the trauma she suffered after causing a fatal accident. Up to that point, South Carolina law had restricted recovery in those instances only to close family members.
In James v. Anne’s Inc. in 2010 the Supreme Court held that injured workers were entitled to age proration of their award as a matter of law.
The law firm has long been active in the appellate courts in other areas of law protecting the rights of ordinary people.
In 1972 Scarborough v. Hodge (Action seeking declaration of respective interests of testator’s half-sister and four children of deceased whole brother).
In 1987 Poston by Poston v. Barnes (Removal of seat belts as evidence of negligence).
In 1990 Hanna v. Palmetto Homes, Inc. (Owner of mobile home with defective roof brought action against manufacturer, seller, and their sureties).
In 1993 Green by and Through Green v. Lewis Truck Lines, Inc. (The Supreme Court held that failure of Tort Claims Act to provide for tolling of minor’s claim against governmental entity, as opposed to private entity, violated minor’s equal protection guarantees).
In 1994 Green by and Through Green v. Lewis Truck Lines, Inc. (The Supreme Court held that rule permitting circuit court to order compulsory physical or mental examination did not allow court to order psychological evaluation).
In 1995 Glover by Cauthen v. Suitt Construction Co. (Claimant sought partial payment of workers’ compensation benefits in lump sum, and alternatively requested his attorneys be paid lump sum contingency fee of one third of award).
Jebaily wrote the AMICUS brief.
In 2007 Able v. Terminix Services, Inc. (Action barred by statute of limitations when the injured party failed to exercise reasonable diligence and act with some promptness).
He also gained the distinction in 1985 of winning the biggest jury verdict in Florence County history to that point: $385,000 for a boy who suffered brain injuries in a collision while riding in a school van. (The verdict has since been surpassed.)
He’s long been active in the Injured Workers Advocates of South Carolina, serving six years on the board and also serving one year as president. During his year as president, he created a new panel called the Judicial Affairs Committee to review all Workers’ Compensation cases going up to the appellate courts. He served seven years as chairman of this committee. For his many years of service, he was honored in 2012 with the “Friend of the Little Man” award.
The accident injury lawyer florence is a long-time member of the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Education Association, serving on its board of directors for six years. He also served for two years as co-chairman of the Program Committee. He is also the recipient of the Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in helping to shape the development of workers’ compensation law in South Carolina.
Jebaily is a long-time member of the National Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group.In 2014 he was recently honored by them as one of the Top 100 Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in the country.
He is a past president of the Florence County Mental Health Association and former chair of the Florence Symphony Orchestra. He also spent four years on the South Carolina Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and six years as chair of the Florence Housing Authority.
In his spare time, he enjoys theatre, boating, reading and playing with his grandchildren.