Tradition of excellence

Committed to the success of our clients.

Proudly serving clients for 49 years. (Established 1970)

About Our Firm

History and Principle

Since 1970 Coffey & McKenzie, P.A. has provided a wide range of premier legal services such as personal injury, criminal cases (misdemeanors and felonies), domestic matters in the family courts, probate court matters, residential as well as commercial real estate transactions and appeals.

Our mission is to serve our clients in a timely and efficient manner, by conducting a thorough investigation of each case and accumulating all necessary information and evidence available to professionally and adequately represent them. It is of great importance that we be contacted by our clients as soon as an event occurs or an agreement is reached in order for us to gather the evidences of the occurrence or prepare the necessary contracts applicable to the transaction.

We as lawyers have an obligation to give back to our community through civic, charitable and religious organizations. Our firm values honesty, kindness and compassion in our relationship with clients. We adhere to excellence in our practice of the law and maintain the highest ethical standards. Our commitment to our clients runs deep and we are grateful for the privilege of serving and giving back to our community.

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Areas Of Practice

Criminal / Traffic

Coffey & Mckenzie have years of experience representing clients in each stage of the criminal justice process and have handled significant, highly-publicized jury trials. They defend clients against charges that range from capital murder to traffic violations and everything in between.

As soon as your case is accepted, we perform a thorough investigation into every facet of your charge. We question the legality of any evidence that was obtained and the validity of any traffic stop. Our firm zealously works to limit your exposure to the often devastating consequences that follow a criminal conviction. Contact us as soon as possible after arrest – or before arrest if you anticipate that charges may be brought against you.

We specalize in:
Felonies federal or state
Drug charges
Traffic violations
DUI, and other various crimes.

Family Law

Family law cases are often some of the most emotionally charged with painful legal disputes. In addition, the complexities of family law in South Carolina can often be overwhelming. Whether it’s facing divorce, seeking child custody, or contesting alimony; people without professional counsel can unknowingly jeopardize their case. This could potentially result in an undergoing, drawn-out, costly litigation nightmare.

The counsel of an experienced family law attorney can help you protect yourself and everything you hold dear.

We offer expertise in the following areas:

- Divorce
- Child Custody and Visitation
- Alimony
Personal Injury

When a person’s careless or negligent actions cause injury to you or a loved one, you may need compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, recovery time, and the pain and suffering caused by the injury. Worker’s compensation could be only getting you the bare minimum or nothing at all. We have dedicated our practices to receiving the just compensations that is needed to assist our injured clients. If you need a personal injury lawyer in South Carolina, we are here to help you achieve the amount you deserve.

We offer expertise in the following areas:

- Auto Accidents
- Worker's Compensation
- Slips and Falls
- Miscellaneous
Probate and Estate

In cases where planning is no longer possible, Coffey & McKenzie, P.A. has experience in Probate and Elder Law cases involving Guardianships, Conservatorships, Will Contests due to Undue Influence or Incapacity, and Probate Administration; including selling Real Estate from Estates where there is no Will.

The death or illness of a loved one affects our families with high emotions and stress. With the proper planning, including execution of a Last Will and Testament, a Power of Attorney and a Living Will, Coffey & McKenzie, P.A. can help your family avoid unnecessary hardship.

Real Estate

When it comes to purchasing or selling residential and commercial property, a variety of imperative decisions must be made. South Carolina laws require that an attorney must be present in all real estate closings. It is of great importance to work with a real estate attorney that can aid you in all necessary research, and to reduce any disputes that may come in the future. Our attorneys here at Coffey & McKenzie, P.A. have been proudly serving clients by aiding and assisting them in making precise decisions, so that our clients can avoid any future conflicts or missing details. We specialize in both residential and commercial real estate, acquisitions and sales. Our attorneys will provide professional assistance throughout these real estate transactions to ensure quality and efficiency for all of our clients.

We offer expertise in the following areas:

- Deep Preparations
- Contract Preparations
- Equity Lines
- Refinances
- Construction Loans
- Title Reviews
- Transactions
- Bill of sale

Business Entity

Starting a business can be quite the new endeavor in one’s life. With this new challenge and excitement, many other things can derive to impede on successfully opening a business. Coffey & McKenzie, P.A. can provide you with business lawyer services that will be needed to structure, protect, and help grow your business. Our attorneys are not only experienced in the aspect of business law, but also from their own business endeavors. We strive to bring you peace of mind when dealing with matters that small businesses face each and every day. If you own a business, or you are wanting to start a business, contact us today and our attorneys at Coffey & McKenzie, P.A. will help guide you on the right path to ensure quality for your business affairs.

We offer expertise in the following areas:

Formation of Entities
- Limited Liability Company
- Partnerships
- Corporation

Governing Documents of Entities
- Operating Agreements
- By-laws
- Partnership Agreements

Rentals and Leases

We here at Coffey & McKenzie, P.A. know how essential it is to have suitable housing. When it comes to being a tenant, having a reliable house or apartment to call home at the end of your day is important. Having an accountable and ethically moral landlord is also significant when signing up for any rental or lease agreement. We believe that it is key for both the tenant and landlord to have a proper legal understanding of all requirements involved with rental and lease agreements. Our attorneys at Coffey & McKenzie will ensure that rental and lease agreements will be properly executed to keep disputes in relation to payments of rent, property damages, or any other issues that may danger your proper housing to a minimum.

We offer expertise in the following areas:

- Rent Disputes
- Property Damage
- Security Deposits
- Duties of Landlord
- Wrongful Eviction
- Review of Documentation/agreements
Appellate Court

In addition to handling traditional civil and criminal litigation in all South Carolina State and Federal Courts, our attorneys have experience in representing clients in non-traditional legal circumstances such as South Carolina appellate court and other representations.

These representations include:

- Local Counsel
- Post Conviction Relief Actions
- Sentence Reduction Motions
- Subpoena Responses
- Whistleblower Representation
- Witness Representations

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Our Attorneys


Steve Mckenzie /
Attorney At Law

Full Bio

Steven S. McKenzie was born in Kingstree, South Carolina. He is the son of Richard D. and Barbara R. McKenzie. Steve attended High School in Kingstree and furthered his education at the Citadel, graduating in 1986. After graduating from the Citadel, Steve served his Country and State in the United States Army, United States Army Reserves and South Carolina Army National Guard. Steve is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War and was honorably discharged from the United State Army Ready Reserves in 1996 as a Captain. Steve attended the University of South Carolina School of Law after his military service and graduated in 1994. Admitted to the South Carolina bar in 1994, Steve is admitted to practice in all South Carolina Courts, United States District Court, and Unites States Court of Appeals. Steve has argued many cases before the South Carolina Court of Appeals and the South Carolina Supreme Court. Steve was the lead attorney in reversal of the criminal conviction of George Stinney, Jr. The Stinney case gained national attention because it resulted in the reversal of a guilty conviction of a 14 year old wrongfully accused juvenile 70 years after his conviction for murder.

Steve has extensive experience in South Carolina Courts and Federal Courts. Steve's practice is centers around domestic, criminal and civil litigation.


Joe Coffey /
Attorney At Law

Full Bio

Joseph K. Coffey was born in 1970 in Manning, SC. He is the son of the Honorable William C. Coffey, Jr. and Elizabeth K. Coffey. Joseph Coffey is married to Katherine S. Coffey, and they have two children: Merrix R. Coffey and Walker K. Coffey.

Mr. Coffey received his B.S. degree from The Citadel in 1992, and his J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina in 1999. Mr. Coffey was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 2000 . Mr. Coffey is an active member of the Manning Rotary Club, Citadel Club of Sumter and Clarendon, Laurence Manning Academy Board, NBSC Advisory Board, Manning United Methodist Church, and serves on the Board of Trustees for Garden City Chapel.


Billy Coffey /
Attorney At Law

Full Bio

William C. Coffey, Jr received a B.A degree from The Citadel in business administration in 1963 and a J.D. Degree from the University of South Carolina in 1966. He was commissioned in the U.S Army and served two years in Germany in the Army Security Agency. He commenced his practice in Manning in 1968. In the 50 years he has practiced as an Attorney in Manning he severed 13 years as Master-in-Equity and 30 years as City Attorney for the City of Manning. He is admitted to practice in the Courts of South Carolina and the U.S. District Court.

He is a member of the Manning Rotary Club, Manning United Methodist Church and formerly served as a member of the Santee- Lynches Reginal Council of Government Board of Directors and on the Board of the South Carolina Municipal Association.

His practice centers on real estate transactions, estate planning, probate administration, quiet title and partition actions of real estate and commercial transactions.

He is married to Betty King Coffey and they have three children, W.C Coffey III, Elizabeth C. Wallace of Mt. Pleasant, SC and Joseph K. Coffey with whom he practices law. He is a senior member of the first Coffey & McKenzie, P.A.


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2 North Brooks Street
Manning, SC 29102


(803) 435-8847


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Friday 9am - 2pm

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