He now works on the other side of the aisle. Hodges, 42, has gone into private practice.
The native of Mulvane, Kan., 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 and continued his work through former Solicitor Jerry Peace’s two terms.
Peace said Hodges is a diligent, solid lawyer.
“Andrew is an outstanding lawyer,” he 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. I have formed a lot of strong relationships with a lot of those people in doing that for so many years. And it is very gratifying to feel like you are making a difference in the community, that you are helping victims of crime.”
Hodges said the most memorable case as a prosecutor was the Steven Bixby murder case. Bixby was found guilty in the 2003 shooting deaths of Abbeville County sheriff’s deputy Danny “Danny Boy” Wilson and constable Donnie Ouzts.
In a case that received national media attention, Hodges was part of the prosecution team that convicted Bixby and sent him to death row.
Hodges said moving to private practice has been an interesting task.
“Obviously, criminal law is my comfort zone because I have done it for 16 years,” he 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.”
He said his years of experience trying cases for the state is already assisting him in his new role.
“I’ve still got strong relationships with the assistant solicitors and law enforcement officers, and that helps a lot,” he said. “They know I’m a pretty straight shooter, and I’m certainly not doing anything to damage those relationships, so that helps in the transition.”
Hodges said he is excited about embarking on his new role.
“Not only am I practicing law, but I’m running a business,” he said. “It’s been exciting to have some new challenges.”