John Hughes Cooper

John Hughes Cooper represents both plaintiffs and defendants in civil admiralty litigation, offering broad experience in admiralty and maritime law, including maritime lien foreclosures, vessel arrest actions, marine insurance claims, seaman injury and death claims, wage claims, and other civil admiralty claims in both federal and state courts. He has served as a resource for lawyers, boaters, and industry organizations through multiple lectureships, writing, and as host of the radio segment The Admiralty Docket.

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Admiralty Attorney since 1981

phone (843) 883-9099
fax (843) 883-9335

Areas of Practice:

Admiralty & Maritime Law

Personal Injury and Wrongful Death

Civil Litigation

Bar Admissions:

State Bar of Georgia, 1981
South Carolina Bar, 1982
U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia
U.S. Court of International Trade
U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
South Carolina Court of Appeals
Supreme Court of South Carolina
Georgia Court of Appeals
Supreme Court of Georgia
Supreme Court of the United States


University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina, 1981
Juris Doctor

University of Exeter, Exeter, England
International Law and International Business Transactions

University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, 1971
Business Administration
Major: Finance

Woodberry Forest School, Virginia, 1968

Published Works:

Admiralty, South Carolina Practice Manual (Howard-Moise ed.), 2000

South Carolina Shipping Law for the Legal Encyclopedia (Co-Author), South Carolina Jurisprudence

Classes/Seminars Taught:

Lecturer, Admiralty Law, American Association of Port Authorities

Lecturer, Admiralty Law, American Association for Justice

Lecturer, Admiralty Law, Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors

Lecturer, Admiralty Law, National Association of Marine Surveyors

Lecturer, Admiralty Law, South Carolina State Ports Authority

Lecturer, Admiralty Law, University of South Carolina School of Law

Lecturer, Admiralty Law, Cruising Club of Charleston

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
Former Port Director

Maritime Law Association of the United States, 1981 – Present

South Carolina Bar

State Bar of Georgia

Charleston County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions:

Cooper & Raley, Charleston, South Carolina, Senior Attorney, 1987 – 1994

John Hughes Cooper, Charleston, South Carolina, Senior Attorney, 1984 – 1987

Chamlee, Dubus, Sipple & Walter, Savannah, Georgia, Associate Attorney, 1981 – 1983



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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