Who We Are
The law partnership of Halford, Niemiec & Freeman, L.L.P. is located in the rapidly developing Fort Mill area of York County. We service the Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Tega Cay, Lake Wylie and Clover communities in the fields of Real Estate, Business Law, and Personal Injury Litigation. Our attorneys and staff view each transaction as an opportunity to provide our clients with superior customer service. The firm offers a congenial and relaxed atmosphere for clients who wish to consult with us regarding their legal issues, and our attorneys and staff are dedicated to the successful resolution of client problems by providing down-to-earth explanations about the law as applied to your factual situation. If we are unable to assist you with your matter, we are proud to be part of the York County Bar and the South Carolina Trial Lawyer’s Association (SCTLA), which provides the firm with an extensive network of legal professionals from which we both send and receive qualified case referrals.
Matthew Niemiec grew up in Beaufort, South Carolina. He attended the University of South Carolina for both his undergraduate studies and law school. Matthew was admitted to the practice of law in the State of South Carolina in 2000. He started his own law firm that same year. He began practicing law in York and Lancaster counties in 2001. Between 2002 and 2005 Matthew worked at the law offices of A. Philip Baity in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Between 2005 and 2006 he worked at Rinehart, Matthews, Schiller, Shaw & Reeves. In 2006 he joined with his current partner, Cam Halford, to begin the law firm of Halford & Niemiec, LLC. In 2010, John Freeman was added as a partner. Mr. Niemiec is licensed to practice law in the State of South Carolina. He has appeared in the Federal District Courts of South Carolina and North Carolina. His primary areas of practice include: family law, criminal law, and personal injury.
John Freeman is a life-long resident of the Fort Mill area and a graduate of Fort Mill High School. At the University of South Carolina, he majored in Political Science, with minors in Business and English. He received his Juris Doctor from the University Of South Carolina School Of Law. His practice history is varied; he has served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Charles W Whetstone, and as an Assistant Solicitor. For a few years after law school, he practiced in the greater Columbia area, before returning to the upstate of South Carolina. His primary office has been in York County for over twenty years, and the focus of his practice has been on helping individuals, couples and small businesses with a variety of problems. He merged his practiced with Halford & Niemiec in 2010. John focuses his practice on domestic, criminal, traffic citations and bankruptcy. John is a member of the SC Bar Association, the York County Bar Association, and is admitted to practice in all the Courts in South Carolina. He has appeared in municipal court, magistrate’s court, Common Pleas, General Sessions, the Federal Court for the District of South Carolina and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of South Carolina. He regularly appears in the courts of York, Lancaster and Chester counties. He is married and has one child, who is also enrolled in the Fort Mill School system.
J. Cameron Halford
Born 1968, Barnwell County, South Carolina. Education: Barnwell High School, 1986; University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C., Bachelor of Arts, 1990. Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, Juris Doctorate, May, 1999, Macon, G.A. After earning his J.D., Halford served as judicial law clerk to the Hon. Paul E. Short, Jr. formerly of the South Carolina Sixth Judicial Circuit serving Lancaster, Chester and Fairfield Counties. He is a partner and owner of the firm Halford Niemiec & Freeman, LLP. Halford’s practice involves real estate and real property litigation cases, with emphasis on land litigation, construction law, foreclosure defense, general business and commercial litigation. He represents clients before the Court of Common Pleas and has argued cases before the South Carolina Court of Appeals and the South Carolina Supreme Court. The firm’s practice expanded in year 2010 to include representation of owners, developers, and owners associations within large subdivision developments. Halford has litigated claims involving water intrusion and building envelope failures caused by construction defect and/or design error. He has successfully prosecuted and defended wage dispute claims including the reported case Temple v. Tec-Fab, Inc. (Opinion 26610 March 9, 2009) [ Trial Judge award of trebled damages against employer controlled by error of law where bona fide dispute exists; S.C. Code Ann. 41-10-80(c), et. seq., Payment of Wages Act “shall” language of 41-10-80(c) discretionary, not mandatory. ] Halford actively advises builders and corporate clients in formation, organization, acquisition of land, sales, closings, governance, and transition issues related to large planned unit developments. He has practiced law in York County, South Carolina since year 2000 and was admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina in year 2001.