Our law firm is fortunate to have been assisting clients in South Carolina since 1984. Our success over these years can be directly traced back to our clients and more generally to the community at-large and to other members of the South Carolina Bar. At John Hughes Cooper, P.C., it is our mission not only to provide competent, zealous advocacy for our clients, but also to give back to the profession and the community through a commitment to pro bono work, community service, charitable contribution, and to civility and courtesy in our advocacy.

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Pro bono work is professional work that is undertaken voluntarily and without payment or at a reduced fee as a public service. As lawyers in South Carolina, we have taken an oath and sworn to “assist the defenseless or oppressed by ensuring that justice is available to all citizens….” As members of the Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA), we also strive to meet the tenets  of the Code of Professional Conduct, one of which is that we will “contribute time and resources to pro bono activities”.

At John Hughes Cooper, P.C., we are committed to giving back through the representation of  those who have legitimate legal interests and need assistance but cannot pay or cannot pay the full costs of our services. John Townsend Cooper serves on the South Carolina Bar Pro Bono Committee. Over the years, we have assisted clients with maritime cases, personal injury cases, probate cases, wills, breaches of contract, foreclosure defense, landlord-tenant issues, divorce and other family law issues, Department of Social Services issues, and various other legal issues for free or at a reduced rate in order to ensure that they had access to the legal system with the assistance of an attorney.

Although it goes without saying that we cannot do this in every case,  every case is different, and we invite those who do not think that they can obtain legal assistance to contact us to see if we can help.

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 At John Hughes Cooper, P.C., we strive to make a positive impact on our profession by striving to maintain the civil and courteous practice environment for which the admiralty bar and South Carolina bar have traditionally been known. We are committed to zealously representing our client’s legitimate legal interests and at the same time treating clients, colleagues, parties, witnesses, and the courts with the respect that they deserve to maintain the dignity of the legal process.


From our law office in Mount Pleasant, John Hughes Cooper, P.C. handles admiralty law and maritime law cases throughout coastal South Carolina (the Lowcountry), the Pee Dee region, communities surrounding Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie, and elsewhere in the Southeast. The communities we serve include Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island, Georgetown, Beaufort, Hilton Head, North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, Edisto Island, Walterboro, Pawley's Island, Murrells Inlet, Little River, Conway, Columbia, Florence, Charleston County, Georgetown County, Berkeley County, Beaufort County, Horry County, Jasper County and Colleton County.

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