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John Townsend Cooper

Admiralty and maritime Attorney at Mount Pleasant, SC

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State SC
    Acquired 2007
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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About John

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Practice areas
  1. Admiralty and maritime
    In the admiralty field, we represent clients with maritime personal injury and property damage claims and defenses, maritime lien claims and vessel arrests, marine insurance matters, vessel warranty matters, and a variety of other issues that arise within the jurisdiction of the admiralty courts.

    16 years

  2. Business
    Our firm assists small business owners and shareholders in forming business entities, drafting and negotiating contracts, and resolving business disputes with individuals or other businesses that arise out of breaches of contract or negligence. We also assist shareholders, members, or partners in internal disputes with the business itself or with other partners.

    16 years

  3. Personal injury
    We have experience litigating a wide range of landside and maritime personal injury and wrongful death cases, including cases involving slip and fall on or from docks, stairways, ladders, walkways, gangways, or other structures, boating accidents, including collisions and drownings; trucking accidents; commercial and recreational diving accidents; workplace Injuries to employees, including Contractors, Longshoremen, and Harborworkers; and many other types of personal injury and death cases.

    16 years

  4. General practice
    We advise clients regarding a variety of business and personal matters and have experience drafting and negotiating contracts, litigating tort and contract claims, and assisting clients with various other needs.

    16 years

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. A son of the Lowcountry, he has a love for the water and an appreciation for its bearing on risk, liability, business, property, and the people who spend their time on and around it. He also holds a Real Estate Broker's licence and a Residential Builder's license and has civil litigation experience in cases involving partnership and shareholder disputes, maritime claims and defense, construction issues, contracts; and personal injury.


Law practice devoted to counseling and litigation in a wide variety of areas, including business litigation, construction law, admiralty and maritime law, personal injury, and commercial instruments. We also counsel clients on a variety of business matters with the aim of avoiding future litigation. I am admitted to the South Carolina Bar and to practice before all South Carolina state courts, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

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John Hughes Cooper, PC
1476 Ben Sawyer Blvd Ste 11
Mount Pleasant, SC, 29464-4587


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Posted by Chester | May 23, 2013
Very exceptional and honest man, that has the best interest of his client at the front of everything he does.
John Townsend Cooper is an exceptional Mari-Time attorney, which always had my best interest at the forefront of all things in my case. While I can't really speak of other cases but through the time we spent together, I can say that I feel I gained a friend through this experience that I was going through. John townsend cooper was very punctual, honest, well spoken even when situations were not so pleasent. John is also a very easy going, mild mannered man that showed me that that he's very tolerable with some unruly characters, even when I got a little outta hand, he has ways to shine a light of a calmer voice of compasion and very understanding that always seemed to bring a brighter side to what sometimes seemed difficult situations at the time. John always handled himself and my case with dignity and a since of assurance that no matter how things appeared, his knowledge and experience would prevail. Confidence in my opinion is a key thing to have, and his confidence really in my opinion is what projected my case to the victory that we experienced.
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Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2013
John Townsend Cooper provided excellent advice!
Very patient, knowledgeable, and professional. Eager to trouble shoot your scenario. Wide range of legal expertise. I will think of him first in the event that I need to seek counsel.
Posted by Hanna | May 20, 2013
Habitat for Humanity ReStore Manager
In the Retail world we have to deal with dishonest customers who write bad checks. Mr. Cooper helped us handle a very difficult situation.


  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Cooper & Bilbrey, P.C.
  • 2007 - Present
  • Residential Builder
  • Indigo Construction & Development, Inc.
  • 2005 - 2010
  • Real Estate Broker
  • InterCoast Properties, Inc.
  • 2005 - 2013


  • Charleston School of Law
  • 2007


  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • 2008 - Present
  • South Carolina Bar
  • 2007 - Present
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • 2007 - Present
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40 Litigation Lawyers in South Carolina
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40 Litigation Lawyers in South Carolina for 2014
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
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  • Maritime Law Bulletin (MALABU)
  • Financing Vessel Purchases
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • Cruising Club of Charleston
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (6)
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Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John Cooper is an experienced maritime lawyer. I have had the pleasure of dealing with him in an elite nationwide Admiralty and Maritime professional group and found him to be knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. No client could go wrong by hiring him for representation."
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John Townsend is a dedicated and motivated attorney who will diligently pursue the interests of his clients injured due to the fault of others whether at sea or on land."
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John Townsend works tirelessly on behalf of his clients. He is an excellent lawyer and advocate, giving each matter his full attention throughout the case."
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I know John Townsend to be a hardworking and dedicated attorney and very skilled in Admiralty and Maritime law. I have worked on several cases with him and know him to be an honest, hardworking and trustworthy. I would recommend him to anyone in need of an attorney."
Litigation Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John may be the best lawyer I know."
Admiralty and maritime
Car accident
Admiralty and maritime
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General practice