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Married to Leslie for 30  wonderful years w/ 4 children and 2 grandchildren. Avid sailor, boater, and fisherman. Poor golfer! 


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 40%
    34 years, 1 case
  2. Maritime: 20%
    34 years
  3. Personal Injury: 15%
    34 years
  4. Employment: 10%
    34 years
  5. Other: 15%
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  • Michael Cogen Cerrati

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    Michael Cerrati Intellectual Property Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael J Howell

    John is an excellent litigator and I can endorse him without reservation. He is a thorough and zealous advocate on behalf of his clients. Although, the bulk of my experience with John is in will, trust and probate litigation, he is also well known in general litigation matters as well as admiralty law.


    Michael Howell Probate Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Laughlin & Bowen, PC

Po Box 21119
Hilton Head Island, SC, 29925-1119


SCGood Standing198201/12/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Inclusion in Bar RegistryBar Registry of Pre-eminent Lawyers2004
Av ratingMartindale Hubbel1990
Bronze Star and others for Vietnam ServiceUnited States Army1971
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerLaughlin & Bowen, P.C.1990 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity of South Carolina and USC Beaufort1979 - Present
Litigation PartnerPalmer, Brooks, Bowen & Howell1987 - 1990
AttorneyBowen, Smoot & Laughlin1982 - 1987
Teacher and CoachThe McCallie School1976 - 1979
Field Artillery OfficerUnited States Army (Active & Reserve)1968 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
South Carolina Marina AssociationMember2009 - Present
South Carolina Bar AssociationChair, 14th Circuit Fee Dispute Panel2008 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh CircuitAdmitted to Practice2003 - Present
South Eastern Admiralty Law InstituteMember2002 - Present
SC Bar Conflict ResolutionCertified Mediator2000 - Present
The Retired Officers Association (now MOAA)Member1995 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth CircuitAdmitted to Practice1993 - Present
Scottish Rite - CharlestonMember1992 - Present
South Carolina Bar AssociationMember Legislative Counsel Commitee1992 - 1994
Masonic Lodge - Unanimity Lodge 418Past Master1990 - Present
South Carolina Bar AssociationMember, Ethics Advisory Committee1989 - 1992
Church of the Cross, BlufftonVestryman1988 - 1991
The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of South CarolinaMember1986 - Present
Chatham ArtilleryMember1985 - 2005
Beaufort County Bar AssociationMember,Former Vice President and Treasurer1982 - Present
Hilton Head Sertoma ClubCharter Member, Past President1982 - 2002
South Carolina BarAttorney Member1982 - Present
United States District Court for the District of South CarolinaAdmitted to Practice1982 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaPast MemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Lucassen v. MoorsbySettled
Hanahan, et al v. Rhett, Delaney, et alSettled with most defendants for mid-seven figures total, Offer of Judgment against Delaney for $400,000 accepted
Client v. Household Intl., Inc.Settled
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Publication nameTitleDate
University of South Carolina Department of English - Masters ThesisThe Damnation of Faustus, "A Petty Case of Paltry Legacies"1976
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
United States Army Field Artillery School Branch Officer Advance CourseField ArtilleryDIploma1983
University of South Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
University of South Carolina School of LawEnglishMA - Masters1976
University of South Carolina School of LawEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1974
United States Army Field Artillery Officer Candidate SchoolField ArtilleryDiploma1969
University of the SouthEnglishN/A1968
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SC Yacht Club Crusing FleetYacht Insurance Issues and Hurricane Preparedness2012
Hilton Head Island Bar Association CLERecognizing Admiralty Issues for the General Practicioner2012
SC Yacht Club Cruising FleetAdmiralty Issues for Yacht Owners2011
Hilton Head Island USCG AuxillarySalvage and Towing2006