Cory Ezzell serves as the group leader of the firm’s Workplace Practices Group, which is composed of the workers’ compensation and employment teams.  His practice centers on the defense of employment and workers’ compensation matters on behalf of employers, insurance carriers, self-insured corporations, third party administrators, and claims servicing agencies. Cory has defended a wide variety of clients and industries throughout his legal career, but he frequently represents clients in the following industries:

  • Nursing Homes
  • Trucking and Transportation
  • Staffing and Employment Agencies
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers

Additionally, Cory has extensive experience in handling a diverse array of workplace injury claims.  Some of these claims include:

  • Complex Physical Injuries
  • Paraplegia
  • Brain Injury
  • Occupational Exposure

Cory also leads GWB’s Medicare Set-Aside team and offers extensive experience in working with MSA providers to resolve complex workers’ compensation matters. Cory is well respected by his colleagues and clients alike. He is often characterized as a “team player” that is always willing to act as an “adviser” to less experienced attorneys.

Client service is a prominent piece of Cory’s law practice. He consistently focuses on putting forth an uncommon effort to meet his clients’ needs. Cory underscores this effort by being detail oriented and by communicating with his clients on a regular basis. He states, “I want to be approachable and responsive to my clients.  Their satisfaction is my ultimate goal.”


Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Greenville County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
  • South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association
  • South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference – Committee Member
  • South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Medical Conference – Committee Member

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers, 2017, 2018
  • Legal Elite of the Upstate – Workers’ Compensation, Greenville Business Magazine, 2013, 2016
    • Workers’ Compensation Lawyer of the Year 2015
  • Best & Brightest Under 35, Greenville Magazine, 2011
  • South Carolina Law Review, Editorial Board
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • South Carolina Internship Award Winner
  • Order of Wig & Robe
  • Peer Review Rated – AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell

Community Involvement

  • South Carolina Club for Growth- Board Member
  • Greenville Downtown Rotary Club
  • United Way Loaned Executive
  • Greenville Connect – Sponsorship Chairman

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 2006


  • J.D., cum laude, University of South Carolina School of Law, 2006 (Order of Wig and Robe)
  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of South Carolina, 2003

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Theodore Roosevelt


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