Albert J. "A.J." Dooley, Sr. (1930-2022) was a lifelong Lexington County resident. Mr. Dooley graduated from Lexington High School in 1947. He then graduated from the University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina School of Law receiving his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) in 1954.
Mr. Dooley opened his law practice on Main Street in Lexington in 1954. It is this practice which has now grown and evolved into The Dooley Law Firm, P.A., a firm with a proud tradition of legal service to Lexington and the surrounding area for decades.
In addition to a distinguished legal career, Mr. Dooley also distinguished himself as a community servant. Mr. Dooley served in the South Carolina House of Representatives for eight years and in the South Carolina Senate for six years. Mr. Dooley served on the Lexington County School District One Board. He has served on the Board of Director for The Lexington State Bank, Southern National Bank, and BB&T. Mr. Dooley was also active in the Lexington Chamber of Commerce and the Lexington Lions Club.
In 1978 Mr. Dooley was recognized for his rich community service to the state of South Carolina when Mr. Dooley was awarded the Order of the Palmetto by Governor James B. Edwards. The Order of the Palmetto is the state of South Carolina's highest civilian honor bestowed by the Governor in recognition of service to the state.
He was married in 1951 to the late Connie S. Dooley, and had five children and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.