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Harold E. Trask

Harold E. Trask

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
843-881-0837 (Direct)
888-472-7162 (Toll Free)

Contact: htrask@trask-howell.com

Born in Wilmington, North Carolina; grew up in Beaufort, South Carolina. Admitted to the North Carolina Bar (1972) and the South Carolina Bar 1974.

Awards: Rated AV by Martindale-Hubble, signifying that Mr. Trask has "reached the height of professional excellence ... and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity."

Recognized for the 22nd consecutive year as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America; awarded the South Carolina Order of the Palmetto, the highest award that can be bestowed upon a civilian by the state.

 Selected as Lawyer of the Year 2013 for workers' compensation defense, Charleston, SC


  • Over thirty years of practice in defense of workers' compensation claims;
  • Past Chairman of Workers' Compensation Commission;
  • Numerous speeches and presentations to various organizations including the SC Workers' Compensation Educational Association, self insured groups, and employers' associations in regard to workers' compensation issues;
  • South Carolina Workers' Compensation Committee on Practice and Procedures, 1986-1990;
  • Board of Directors of South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission Educational Association, 1985-1993;

Public Service

  • Board of Advisors, Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce 
  • Past Executive Assistant for Legal Affairs to the Governor of South Carolina;
  • Past member of Board of Directors of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
  • Strong supporter of The Lamb Institute, a Christian Children's Home in Honduras, World Vision, and Life Outreach;
  • Board of Directors, Palmetto Medical Initiative, providing medical treatment to the poor in Uganda;
  • Past Board Member of Charleston Habitat for Humanity;
  • Past member of the South Carolina Boundary Commission;
  • South Carolina Bar Association (Workers' Compensation Section);
  • Charleston County Bar Association;
  • North Carolina State Bar (inactive);

Areas of Practice

  • Workers' Compensation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Civil Court Mediation, South Carolina Bar, 2010

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1972
  • South Carolina, 1974


  • University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina
    • J.D. - 1972
  • University of the South
    • B.A. - 1968

Honors and Awards

  • Rated "AV" by Martindale-Hubble
  • Best Lawyers in America, 1995 - 2011
  • South Carolina Order of the Palmetto

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Workers' Compensation Commission Public Service, Past Chairman
  • Legal Affairs, Governor of South Carolina, Past Executive Assistant
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Past Member, Board of Directors
  • Charleston Habitat for Humanity, Past Board Member
  • South Carolina Workers' Compensation Committee on Practice, Procedures, 1986 - 1990
  • South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission Educational Association, Board of Directors, 1985 - 1993
  • South Carolina Boundary Commission, Past Member
  • South Carolina Bar Association, Workers' Compensation Section
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association

Pro Bono Activities

  • Lamb Institute, Christian Children's Home in Honduras, World Vision, Christian Children's Fund, Life Outreach