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Attorney Thomas C. Cofield

Thomas C. “Tommy” Cofield is a member of the South Carolina Bar and Lexington County Bar. He is a member of ABOTA (American Board of Trial Attorneys). He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. He is also a certified Circuit Court Mediator. In 2002, he and his sister Amy V. Cofield(link to Amy V. Cofield) re-established Cofield Law Firm in Lexington.
He serves on the Board of Trustees for The University of South Carolina; Governor Nikki Haley appointed Tommy to the board in 2011. He serves on the Academic Affairs and Faculty Liaison Committee, Buildings and Grounds Committee, Student-Trustee Liaison Committee, and on the Ad Hoc Committee on Legal Affairs.
He is an adjunct professor at the Charleston School of Law where he has taught Trial Advocacy, Law and the Art of Narrative, and Law in Literature.
Tommy formerly served as a law clerk for Circuit Court Walter T. Cox, III from 1982 to 1984. He was formerly a partner with Barnes, Alford, Stork and Johnson from 1984 to 2002 and marketing director from 2000 to 2002. In September of 2002, he and his sister, Amy Cofield, formed Cofield Law Firm in Lexington.
Tommy is active in community and civic affairs. He has served as a Board Member for Make-A-Wish of South Carolina and also as Executive Board Member for the South Carolina Baptist Convention. He is active in the Church life at Lexington Baptist Church and serves as Moderator.
Tommy was born in Columbia. His family moved to Greenville in 1961 and he was raised in the Golden Strip area, which includes Fountain Inn, Simpsonville, and Mauldin. He attended Hillcrest High School, where he was the football place-kicker. He grew up playing competitive golf and was a member of the Hillcrest High School Golf Team. He was selected to the All-State High School Golf Team in 1973.
Tommy earned his bachelor’s degree in English Major at the University of South Carolina. He graduated cum laude, was chosen to be a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, and he served on the Student Court. He was a writing student under James Dickey and William Price Fox, and he won several writing awards.
Tommy married his high school sweetheart, Janet McDonald Cofield, of Mauldin, and they have two children: Thomas C. Cofield, Jr. (T.J.), who is a student at Princeton Theological Seminary, and Caitlin Carolina Cofield, who is a student at the University of South Carolina.
Areas of Practice
Bar Admissions
South Carolina Bar
U.S. District Court
U.S. Court of Appeals (Fourth Circuit)
Certified Circuit Court Mediator
University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D.
University of South Carolina, B.A. English cum laude
Professional/Civic Affiliations
University of South Carolina Board of Trustees
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
South Carolina Bar (since 1982)
Lexington County Bar Association
Make-A-Wish of South Carolina, Former Board Member
South Carolina Baptist Convention, Former Executive Board Member
Lexington Chamber of Commerce
Lexington Baptist Church, Moderator
University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni/Mentor
Adjunct Law Professor - Charleston School of Law
Prior Positions/Service
Lawyer Referral Service (S.C. Bar)
Fee Dispute Resolution Board (S.C. Bar)
Richland County Auto Property Damages Arbitrator
Lexington High School Athletic Booster Club Board Member
Lexington High School Orchestra Board Member
Lexington High School Wrestling Booster Club Board Member
Reported Cases
Goode v. St. Stephens United Methodist Church, Op. No. 2750, Court of Appeals of South Carolina 329 S.C. 433; 494 S.E.2d 827; 1997 S.C. App. Lexis 15 Nov. 4, 1997, Submitted, Nov. 17, 1997, Filed, Rehearing Denied January 22, 1998. Rehearing Denied Sept. 28, 1998, Fortune v. Gibson, No. 1634, Ct. of Appeals of South Carolina, 304 S.C. 279; 403 S.E.2d 674; 1991 S.C. App. Lexis 54, Jan. 21, 1991, Heard, April 1, 1991, Filed; Espinal v. Blackmon, No. 1368, Court of Appeals of South Carolina, 298 S.C. 544; 381 S.E.2d 921; 1989 S.C. App. Lexis 97, June 5, 1989, Heard July 3, 1989, Decided.
Member Phi Beta Kappa, Honor Society
AV Peer Review Rating by Martindale Hubbell
Speaker/Presenter for continuing education seminars for S.C. Bar, NBI and for various business clients and schools
Writing Awards/Publications
University of South Carolina – Short Story Award, The Crucible
Tar Heel Writers Roundtable Award – Poetry
​South Carolina Review – “Igneous Carolina – A Day In Five Perspectives”

Contact Details

Phone: 803-951-0389
Fax: 803-951-0398