Sally McMillan Purnell

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Meet Sally

Sally Purnell represents hospitals, physicians and other healthcare providers in a wide range of legal matters. With over 25 years of experience defending and litigating medical malpractice claims, Sally has tried to verdict cases involving the most severe of damages, including birth injuries, profound neurological impairment and death.

While serving as lead defense counsel for a large regional health system, Sally has gained unique insight into hospital rules, regulations and operations. Her experience allows her to effectively represent Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd's healthcare clients in medical staff fair hearings and in guardianship proceedings instituted for the purpose of hospital discharge planning. Sally also advises hospitals and physicians on matters of risk management, informed consent, patient confidentiality and peer review.

  • University of Alabama, J.D., 1990
  • Auburn University, B.A., 1987
  • South Carolina, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1991
Honors and Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America© Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants (2011-2023), Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (2011-2023) and Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants (2011-2023)
  • Best Lawyers® 2021 Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants “Lawyer of the Year” Greenville
  • Best Lawyers® 2017 Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants “Lawyer of the Year” Greenville
  • Greenville Business Magazine “Legal Elite of the Upstate Top Vote Getter” Medical Malpractice Law – Defendant 2022
  • Greenville Business Magazine "Legal Elite of the Upstate" Healthcare Law (2018-2022), Medical Malpractice Law – Defendant 2022 and Personal Injury Law 2020
Professional and Civic Activities
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, South Carolina Chapter
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Piedmont Health Foundation, former Board Member
  • Greenville Free Medical Clinic, former Board Member
  • Greenville County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar