John Townsend Cooper

John Townsend has civil litigation experience in cases involving admiralty and maritime law, business disputes, including partnership and shareholder disputes, construction issues, contracts; and personal injury, among others. He has industry experience and holds valid professional licenses as a South Carolina Real Estate Broker, a South Carolina Residential Builder, and a USCG Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels. 

He has been rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®* since 2016. He was selected by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in 2015, 2016, and 2017 .

He is a long-time member and past board member and President of the Mount Pleasant Sertoma Club charity.

Areas of Practice:

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. Cum Laude, 2007

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

Clemson University, 1996-1998

Wando High School

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, Past President

*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

phone (843) 883-9099

Professional Recognition

AV Preeminent® rating by Martindale-Hubbell®*

2015, 2016, 2017 Super Lawyers Rising Star

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