Cox New Bio HS 12-11-13


Johnston Cox is a Partner at GWB and is a valuable member of the firm’s Columbia office.  Johnston’s practice centers on the representation of insurance companies; transportation companies with an emphasis on motor carriers; residential and commercial builders and contractors; municipalities; and local, regional and national retail establishments in a broad range of disputes.  During his 21 year legal career, Johnston has gathered a wealth of legal knowledge and experience from representation of clients in those industries.   Some of his most notable cases include:

  • Multi-Million Dollar Class Action Suits
  • High-profile Business Disputes
  • Insurance Institutional Bad Faith Litigation
  • High-Profile Defamation Suits
  • Complex insurance coverage issues and declaratory judgment actions.
  • Law enforcement use of force actions

Johnston’s reputation as a service oriented attorney has been built steadily over the years.  He is attentive to the needs of clients and works cases diligently to produce the best possible result. Johnston takes the time to really get to know his clients and his client’s business.  This little bit of extra time and the knowledge gained from it makes all the difference when providing an elevated level of client service.




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Associations & Memberships

  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
    • National Membership Chair
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
    • Treasurer, 2018
    • Secretary
    • Executive Committee

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2013 to Present
    -  Insurance Law
    -  Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Legal Elite – Civil Litigation, Columbia Business Monthly, 2014
  • Legal Elite – Insurance, Columbia Business Monthly, 2013

Community Involvement

  • Homeworks of South Carolina, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Past-President, Rotary Club of the Vista Night

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 1995


  • J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law,1995
  • B.A., Washington & Lee University, 1991

Testimonial - Person

Dwight D. Eisenhower


In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.