Second-Generation Law Firm in Lexington, SC
The firm was founded by C. Thomas Cofield, III in 1985, in Anderson, South Carolina. Following their father’s death in 2002, Thomas C. “Tommy” Cofield and Amy V. cofield re-established Cofield Law Firm in Lexington, South Carolina. Since 2002, the firm has provided legal services in a number of areas, including personal injury litigation, family law, workers’ compensation, business litigation, real estate law transactions and litigation, as well as in construction law, probate law, and mediation. The firm’s jury and non-jury practice is statewide. Both Tommy Cofield and Amy Cofield are admitted to practice in the State and Federal Court.
The Historical Hartley House
Cofield Law Firm is located in the historical Hartley House. The house was constructed by Alonzo Hartley, a Railroad Executive, in the 1850s, near the Railroad station depot. It is believed that Hartley had the railroad depot built near his house so as to accommodate political and social friends. The house survived destruction by William Tecumseh Sherman’s troops, who proceed past the Hartley House along the way of their destructive march through the South. Sherman’s troops burned several buildings in Lexington and then continued on toward Columbia where they wreaked their infamous destruction. It is believed that Sherman left the Hartley House intact because “its columns weren’t stately enough.”
Mr. Hartley planted the historic magnolia tree that looms across the front of the property and in honor of the marriage to his bride, Mrs. Margaret Hartley. It has been identified as the second oldest magnolia tree in South Carolina, bested only by the magnificent magnolia that stands on the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion in Columbia.
Cofield Law Firm purchased the house from Dr. Freddie Reynolds in 2002, and then refurbished the house, its original pine flooring, and restored the grounds.
Since the Tim Ivey restored the grounds, they have served as the setting for numerous social and political gatherings.