In 1965, Tom Turnipseed established the law firm now known as Turnipseed & Associates. For over forty years in South Carolina, we have assisted injured victims of auto accidents, workplace accidents, and dangerous or defective products, with a special emphasis on crash worthiness of vehicles and truck related accidents. We have proudly worked to insure justice for victims of hate crimes, environmental degradation, and other negligence and wrongdoing.
One of the more historically important cases the firm has had the privilege to be associated with, was when Tom Turnipseed became co-counsel for the Macedonia Baptist Church in Clarendon County, S.C. in their case against the Ku Klux Klan for burning their church in 1997. The African-American congregation won a $37,000,000 jury verdict against the Klan in 1998.
Our offices are located in an historic building in the Vista, in the heart of downtown Columbia, a few blocks from the Capitol Building at 1337 Assembly Street. Click here to see the map.
In the published report entitled Columbia's Commercial Heritage, our building was included in a group of 28 structures described as "buildings of outstanding design, probably unique in the city... of primary importance to the visual quality of Columbia." The renovation of our historic building has preserved the architectural distinction of the past while creating an attractive modern facility for business offices.
From its earliest stages to its present evolution as the home of Turnipseed & Associates, our building has enjoyed a colorful and unique history among Columbia's many remarkable structures. Built in the late nineteenth century, it first housed the Columbia Railway, Gas & Electric Company's first substation. The CRGEC used two of only four rotary converters then in existence - machines designed by the "small, cigar smoking electrical wizard" Charles P. Steinmetz (SCE&G informational booklet). Early images of the building show it standing alone in its present location, surrounded by unpaved streets and sidewalks. By mid-century, Columbia had grown extremely quickly, the streets were paved and full of beautiful new automobiles, and the building was acquired by a "We buy anything" used furniture salesman who advertised his wares quite prominently in the long, distinguished windows facing Assembly Street. Eventually the building was purchased by a succession of law firms and real estate management groups, and finally by Turnipseed & Associates. In 2011 our building was placed on the State of South Carolina and National Register of Historic Buildings.
Over the years, Turnipseed & Associates has been well known as a personal injury law firm. We have now expanded our services to handle matters in several new areas of law. In addition to all types of Personal Injury claims, we now also handle Social Security, Uncontested Divorce, Simple Wills, Healthcare Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Property Damage, and Nursing Home Negligence. We are also very proud that since 2006 we have been providing representation to the Spanish speaking community. Hablamos Espanol tambien!
Turnipseed & Associates takes great pride in our experienced staff of attorneys, paralegals and assistants. In just the last five years, we have assisted over 3,000 clients. Our attorneys together offer over 100 years of combined experience in the area of personal injury.