When a client leaves our firm for the last time at the conclusion of his or her case, I expect him to be able to say to his friends and family, "I sure am glad I came to Trammell and Mills Law Firm, LLC because they cared and helped me and my family through a difficult time."
As a teenager, "Ernie" was an active member of the Boy Scouts where he obtained the highest rank of Eagle Scout and earned the God and Country Religious Award.
Ernie is licensed to practice law in South Carolina and Georgia.
After resolution of a products liability claim against a major international company in which Ernie represented a quadriplegic client, the company issued a recall notice to all purchasers of the defective product and then redesigned the product to adopt the design changes advocated by Ernie’s experts to make the product safe for consumer usage.
Ernie was born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina. He attended public school in Anderson through the ninth grade, and then attended The McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he graduated from high school. During his youth, Ernie was active in athletics, church and Boy Scouts. While a Boy Scout, Ernie obtained the highest rank of Eagle Scout and earned the God and Country Religious Award. He represented the United States at a World Boy Scout Jamboree in Japan. Throughout his teenage years, Ernie was an accomplished tennis player, obtaining many state rankings. His high school tennis team won the high school national championship.
Ernie chose to attend college at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia so that he could play college tennis. While at Mercer, Ernie was a four year letterman on the tennis team. He was also a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and graduated with a double major in Business Administration and History.
Ernie always aspired to be an attorney. His grandfather, for whom he is named, was a long time attorney. Upon college graduation, Ernie enrolled at Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. During law school, Ernie was a member of the Mercer Law Review and served as Associate Editor of the law review publications. He graduated from law school in 1982 and returned home to Anderson to start his practice of law.
Ernie practiced in a partnership for 14 years, which focused on civil litigation involving personal injury, medical malpractice and products liability. As his law practice grew, he developed a keen interest in handling workers' compensation claims. In 1996, Ernie formed his own firm with a goal of focusing his practice in the area of workers' compensation. While the attorneys with Trammell and Mills Law Firm, LLC represent clients with a variety of claims, Ernie's practice is now limited exclusively to representing injured workers in workers' compensation claims.
Since establishing his workers' compensation practice, Ernie has represented workers with claims involving brain injuries, quadriplegia and paraplegia, amputations, neck and back injuries, fractured bones, shoulder injuries, knee injuries and replacements, hip injuries and replacements, blindness, hand injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome, foot and ankle injuries, mental disorders, chemical sensitivities syndrome, burns and disfigurement. Ernie has also handled work related death claims. He has represented workers who have contracted occupational diseases such as byssinosis (brown lung), silicosis, hard metals disease, and even Legionnaire's disease. He has handled cases where hospital workers have contracted hepatitis as a result of contaminated blood exposures on the job. Ernie has also helped teach workers' compensation to other lawyers. He taught a seminar on "Advanced Workers' Compensation in South Carolina" and authored a summary of the law for publication in the seminar materials. Ernie is "AV" peer review rated, which is the highest rating that a lawyer can receive from Martindale-Hubbell. This rating attests to a lawyer's legal ability and professional ethics, and reflects the confidential opinions of the Bar and the Judiciary.
In addition to practicing law, Ernie has been active in community and civic affairs. He has always believed in giving back to the community that has been good to him. He has served on numerous boards and committees. He is currently on the Anderson Board of Directors of Community South Bank and Trust, the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Anderson YMCA, and the Board of Directors of the Blue Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts of America. For the last six years he has served as the District Chairman of the Six and Twenty District of the Boy Scouts. He is an active member of St. John's United Methodist Church and currently chairs the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, and is a member of the Finance Committee and the Church Council. In the past, Ernie served on the Board of Directors of the Anderson County Museum and Anderson Country Club.