Paul R. Thurmond, founding partner, leads the firm's criminal defense practice. Before starting the firm in 2005, he served as an assistant solicitor with the Ninth Judicial Circuit in Charleston, S.C., During that time, he handled over one thousand criminal indictments, from minor infractions to murder, leaving the Solicitor's Office with a 92 percent trial conviction rate. Thurmond has served as a part-time prosecutor for the City of North Charleston. In this role, he predominately handled the City's DUI cases along with other offenses. He also assisted the police department by acting as a instructor for DUI arrest procedures and trained officers on proper procedure regarding constitutionally protected rights. In November 2012, he was elected as a state senator representing District 41, which includes over 70,000 constituents covering both Charleston and parts of Dorchester County, and is currently serving a four year term.