Sarah McMillan Purnell - Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

Sarah McMillan Purnell

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008

Sally Purnell represents hospitals, physicians, and other healthcare providers in a wide range of matters. With over 20 years of experience defending and litigating medical malpractice claims in state and federal courts, Purnell has tried to verdict cases involving the most severe of damages, including birth injuries, profound neurological impairment, and death.

Serving as lead defense counsel for the Greenville Hospital System, Purnell has gained unique insight into hospital rules, regulations, and operations.  Her experience allows her to effectively represent the Firm’s healthcare clients in medical staff fair hearings, contested Certificate of Need cases, and in guardianship proceedings instituted for the purpose of hospital discharge planning.  Additionally, Purnell frequently advises hospitals and physicians on matters such as risk management, EMTALA, informed consent, patient confidentiality, and peer review.


  • Defended a physician in a case alleging a failure to diagnose cancer.
  • Defended an action against a physician by the Board of Medical Examiners after an evidentiary hearing.

Purnell also donates her time to improving the health of the Greenville community by serving on the Board of Directors for the Piedmont Health Foundation.

Additional Information

Court Admissions — U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1991
Auburn UniversityBA 1987University of AlabamaJ.D. 1990
Piedmont Health Care FoundationSC Defense Trial Attorneys’ AssociationFederation of Corporate and Defense Counsel

Office Location

One North Main, Second Floor
P.O. Box 2048
Greenville, SC 29602-2048
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants of the Greenville Metro Area2016 Lawyer of the Year in Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants of the Greenville Metro Area
Sarah McMillan Purnell has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Sarah McMillan Purnell has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!

Practice Areas

Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants (Birth Trauma, Hospital Malpractice, Litigation, Medical Negligence, Wrongful Death)
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (Brain Injury, Civil Litigation, Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death)
Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

Other Information

Gender: Female