Upstate prosecutor switches gears to open private practice

Andrew Hodges, a former prosecutor with the 8th Circuit Solicitor’s Office who now works as a private defense attorney, poses for a photo in his office in Greenwood.

Matt Walsh

GREENWOOD — For most of his legal career, Andrew Hodges was a prosecutor with the 8th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

He now works on the other side of the aisle.

Hodges, 42, has gone into private practice. His Hodges Law Firm is located on Maxwell Avenue in Greenwood.

A native of Mulvane, Kan., Hodges did his undergraduate studies and went to law school at the University of Kansas. After finishing law school, he moved to South Carolina and went to work for the 8th Circuit Solicitor’s Office in 1996. Hodges was hired by then-Solicitor Townes Jones. Hodges then continued his work with the solicitor’s office through former Solicitor Jerry Peace’s two terms.

Peace said Hodges is a diligent, solid lawyer. “Andrew is an outstanding lawyer,” Peace said. “He is knowledgeable about all aspects of the law. He is meticulous to detail, and he leaves no stone unturned in his preparation. He is one of the finest attorneys I have ever been associated with.”

Hodges said he enjoyed his time working as a prosecutor. “One of the best parts about it, I think, was being a part of the law enforcement community,” he said. “You really kind of form a brotherhood with other prosecutors and other law enforcement officers.”

Hodges said the most memorable case from his time as a prosecutor was the Steven Bixby murder case. Bixby was found guilty in the 2003 shooting deaths of Abbeville County Sheriff’s Office deputy Danny “Danny Boy” Wilson and constable Donnie Ouzts. Hodges was part of the prosecution team that convicted Bixby and sent him to death row.

“Obviously, criminal law is my comfort zone because I have done it for 16 years,” Hodges said. “(Being in private practice) is definitely different than prosecuting, but it’s two sides of the same coin. I’m extremely comfortable in doing that. But, I’ve also branched out and am doing some family law and probate and some other things.”