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Michael Jeffcoat-founder and attorney at Jeffcoat Firm

Michael Jeffcoat

I have a real problem with bullies,” says Jeffcoat Criminal Defense Lawyers founder Michael Jeffcoat.

“The unifying thread of all our practice areas is that we are helping individual people who are up against powerful forces, whether it be an insurance company, a corporation, or the government, or a professional licensing board or what have you. It’s all about coming to the aid of the individual.”

Jeffcoat is a native of the Columbia area, where his family first set down roots before the Revolutionary War. His parents were deeply committed to public service, and it had an influence on him at an early age. He recalls making the decision in the fourth grade to become a lawyer.

Education & Professional Background

After receiving a B.A. degree in Political Economy and Philosophy at Wofford College in 1994, Jeffcoat went straight to the University of South Carolina School of Law. While there, in addition to his studies, he participated in Moot Court, the University’s trial competition, clerked in two U.S. Attorney’s Offices (Columbia and Seattle) and also the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office. Mr. Jeffcoat completed his Juris Doctor degree in 1997.

“When I went to law school, I didn’t know at first that I wanted to be a lawyer for injured people, but the more I saw and learned in the early years of practicing law about what big corporations and insurance companies do and how they behave, the more it became clear to me that I needed to be a plaintiff’s lawyer,” he recalls.

It would be two years before he would do that, however. He launched his career by taking a job at a large corporate Columbia law firm, where he mostly defended companies in environmental regulatory matters.

He quickly grew tired of representing large companies and in 1999 ventured out to “hang a shingle” and launch the plaintiff’s personal injury practice that he had long envisioned. Jeffcoat remained a solo practitioner for a number of years, but as his practice has grown, he has added other lawyers and expanded the firm. That growth continues as more and more people see Jeffcoat Criminal Defense Lawyers’s commitment to the good of their clients and the results the firm achieves.

Jeffcoat Criminal Defense Lawyers

Michael Jeffcoat

Mr. Jeffcoat’s practice areas include catastrophic car accidents, wrongful death, DUI, Professional License Defense, Domestic Violence defense, Federal criminal defense, violent crimes defense, and expungements.

Along the way, Jeffcoat has recorded numerous noteworthy resolutions for his clients. “Yes, we’re about results for people — at the end of the day, that’s what matters — but along the way, we want to take care of our people,” he says. “We make sure that we do everything we can to help our clients. That’s what we’re here for.”

Mr. Jeffcoat’s commitment to his profession extends beyond his own practice. He is a State Delegate to the American Association for Justice, a longtime board member of the South Carolina Association for Justice, and a former member of the South Carolina Bar’s House of Delegates.

Jeremy Nason

I was arrested for a DUI in Kershaw County SC. I immediately hired the Jeffcoat law firm specifically Mr. Bell. Due to his specific knowledge and his professionalism he found that the charges where not correct. All charges where dismissed. I would recommend Mr bell 100 times over.

G. C.

There aren’t proper words to describe the talents, professionalism, responsiveness, or reassurances of Taylor Bell. He answered my first call to him while doing yard work … on a weekend… to assure me that he could and would help me with my case. And he did. His knowledge, expertise, and calm but straight forward approach to me personally and my issue most importantly will NEVER be forgotten. This man, and the entire staff at the Jeffcoat Firm, are an asset to the community needing legal representation at large. There aren’t enough stars to rate what I thought about their professionalism, rapid response, great communication, and their successful defense of me in court. If you’re looking for a fair, honest, pleasant, intelligent, and talented attorney, I urge you to look no further than Taylor Bell and the team at The Jeffcoat Criminal Defense Lawyers. They quite literally saved my career and my life!!!

Sara Pariseau

Taylor Bell genuinely cares about your well-being. He will respond to any questions or concerns you may have as quickly as possible. Totally worth it to have him on your side in any court situation. I definitely appreciate his support and directness during the duration of my case. Awesome dude! He should be president.

Tasia S.

Jeffcoat Criminal Defense Lawyers went above and beyond for my case! The staff and assigned attorney Taylor Bell were not only instrumental in the success of my case, but kept me well-informed of the court process and proceedings throughout the duration [of the case] so that I was cognizant of what was occurring. Their knowledge, talent, and implementation of the law is truly awe-inspiring! I cannot recommend a better firm that will have your overall best interest and well-being not only as a client, but as a person. They genuinely desire seeing [the client] succeed.

Troy Palmer

I was charged with a dui in July 2021. Immediately called Jeffcoat Criminal Defense Lawyers, right out the gate they where understanding, compassionate, and extremely friendly, the entire staff! Tayler Bell took my case got it dropped to a reckless driving charge, dui dropped! He gave me his personal cell and would call me keeping me updated on the case. Because I didn’t blow in the breathalyzer that was automatically 6 month license suspension. Even tho the criminal part is over he’s still fighting that. He works for you! Period! Great people, great staff, if you need a lawyer don’t hesitate to call these guys you won’t regret it!

Brendon Cromer

This is by far the greatest team of people to handle your case. They constantly check up on you and your well-being. They are out to do what is best for you. I’d leave 100 starts if I could and recommend them to anyone.

Jason Brown

The Jeffcoat law firm is amazing, very professional and communication is great. Mike Hemlepp Represented me and he was very helpful and answered every question I had. The entire staff from Mr jeffcoat to the ladies that work the front office were very helpful throughout my time using them. If your looking for the best lawyers reach out to the Jeffcoat firm they are the best!

Dylan Dukes

Jeffcoat Criminal Defense Lawyers helped me in an honest, professional way throughout my time with them. I am appreciative of all of their hard work and dedication to their craft.

Troy Palmer

I was charged with a dui in July 2021. Immediately called Jeffcoat Criminal Defense Lawyers, right out the gate they where understanding, compassionate, and extremely friendly, the entire staff! Tayler Bell took my case got it dropped to a reckless driving charge, dui dropped! He gave me his personal cell and would call me keeping me updated on the case. Because I didn’t blow in the breathalyzer that was automatically 6 month license suspension. Even tho the criminal part is over he’s still fighting that. He works for you! Period! Great people, great staff, if you need a lawyer don’t hesitate to call these guys you won’t regret it!

Eve Sparger
I found Jeffcoat firm while searching through The computer looking for someone to represent me. I had had an incident with the South Carolina state board of nursing several years ago and then it reared its ugly head again five years later, this is when I obtain legal advice.

I hired the Jeffcoat firm after meeting with them on a Saturday which I thought was exceptionally nice to meet me and they are based in Columbia South Carolina.
Everything turned out OK and I had no fear that this law firm would get the job done and I certainly would hire them again should the need ever arise.

Pedro Cahua

Jeffcoat Criminal Defense Lawyers is the go to place to have all your legal needs answered. They’re quick to respond and the whole team are nothing but professionals. Mr. Taylor Bell helped me so much with me case and has the accolades to prove why he is the best lawyer in South Carolina. If I have anymore legal troubles (I hope not) the JeffCoat law firm will be the first number I will call! I highly recommend!

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1333 Main St #512,
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