Attorneys J. Ryan Heiskell, Rodney C. Jernigan and Aaron S. Jophlin have been named as partners in the firm

January 2011- Georgetown, S.C. – Bell Legal Group is pleased to announce that attorneys J. Ryan Heiskell, Rodney C. Jernigan and Aaron S. Jophlin have been named as partners in the firm.

They will join the firm’s existing partners, J. Edward Bell, founding partner, C. Carter Elliott and Judge David Harwell. Attorney Sean T. Phelan, head of the firm’s Real Estate Department, has moved to an “of counsel” status effective January 1, 2010.

Mr. Rod Jernigan merged his Florence practice with Bell Legal Group in August 2010 in order to better serve the firm’s clients in the Pee Dee Region of South Carolina. He concentrates his practice in the areas of personal injury, motor vehicle accidents and medical malpractice, and brings more than 35 years experience to the firm. Jernigan earned his law degree from University of South Carolina School of Law. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association, the United States District Court, District of South Carolina and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is currently the secretary of the South Carolina Association for Justice and has spent time lobbying for SC Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Jernigan has taught seminars in the fields of mediation, closing arguments, insurance litigation and arson litigation.

“Our clients can expect the same personal service and attention that they have come to know over the years. Now they’ll be backed by some of the state’s top litigators and a capable staff of 30,” he said. “This makes us better equipped to meet a client’s needs in every situation.”

He and his wife, Lisa, currently split their time between Florence and Georgetown. Mr. Jernigan has served his community as the past president of both the Rotary Club and the Florence Chamber of Commerce, and has been an active member and served on the board of directors of the YMCA, the Alston Wilkes Society, the United Way, and the Boys and Girls Club. He recently served his alma mater as the president of the USC Gamecock Club.

Mr. Aaron Jophlin specializes in products liability, environmental law and toxic torts. In addition to his significant caseload, he is also responsible for managing the firm’s marketing and public relations staff.

Mr. Jophlin, a 2003 graduate of University of South Carolina School of Law, brings to the firm experience as a former Assistant Solicitor for the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office, and as a staff attorney for the South Carolina Supreme Court. His most recent focus has been in the field of products liability representing clients who suffered complications after being implanted with the defective artificial hip apparatus during hip replacement surgery.

He is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association, the United States District Court of South Carolina and the Georgetown County Bar. He served as treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Domestic Abuse Center in Columbia before moving to Pawleys Island.

“I joined the Bell Legal Group not only to impact our community and state, but also to improve the welfare of our community,” he said.

Mr. Ryan Heiskell specializes in the areas of products liability and environmental litigation, and is a leader in the firm’s Automotive Safety Division. He has successfully managed automotive cases on a national level involving sudden acceleration, handling and stability malfunction, roof crush, seatbelt failure and other vehicle issues. He received his law degree from Ohio Northern University and is licensed to practice in the state of South Carolina. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association and the Georgetown County Bar. Currently Heiskell is focusing his practice on the Camp Lejeune water contamination case by representing soldiers and their families who have been affected by the chemically contaminated drinking water at the 70-year-old U.S. military base.

“With the recent growth of our practice, we are committed to providing our clients with outstanding service through superior leadership,” he said.

Mr. Heiskell lives in Georgetown with his wife, Shaye, and their three sons. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Junior Achievement of Coastal South Carolina.

About Bell Legal Group – The Bell Legal Group, established in 1983, is a national civil litigation firm that has built its reputation by specializing in complex trial litigation. Their experienced attorneys, backed by a dedicated staff of trained professionals, have successfully litigated cases on the local, state and national level. The firm combines a strong reserve of capital resources with state of the art technology to provide premiere service and assistance to affiliate firms, while guaranteeing their full commitment to each and every client. For more information on the Bell Legal Group call 877-453-5055 or visit