John Townsend Cooper

John Townsend's goal as an attorney has always been to help clients get through difficult situations. His consistent objective is to help clients manage their situation, come to a resolution, and move on with their lives and businesses. He holds a Real Estate Broker's licence and a Residential Builder's license and has civil litigation experience in cases involving admiralty and maritime law, business disputes, including partnership and shareholder disputes, construction issues, contracts; and personal injury. He is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®*. He was selected by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in 2015, 2016, and 2017 . He is a long-time member of the Mount Pleasant Sertoma Club charity.

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Admiralty and Maritime Law, Civil Litigation, Construction, Real Estate, and Business Disputes Litigation

Bar Admissions:

South Carolina 2007

U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina 2008

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2015


Charleston School of Law, Charleston, South Carolina,  J.D. 2007

College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, B.S. Biology 2000

Clemson University, 1996-1998

Wando High School

Professional Recognition

AV Preeminent® rating by Martindale-Hubbell®*

2015, 2016, 2017 Super Lawyers Rising Star

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Charleston Bar Association

South Carolina Bar Association

South Carolina Bar Pro Bono Committee 2013-2014

South Carolina Bar International Law Committee, 2013 – 2015

South Carolina Bar Trial and Appellate Advocacy Section Council 2013-2016

Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (SEALI), Charleston Port Director 2013-2014

Maritime Law Association of the United States

Charleston Trident Association of Realtors

South Carolina Association of Realtors

National Association of Realtors

Community Organizations: Mount Pleasant Sertoma Club


*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies. More information is available at

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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