Cox New Bio HS 12-11-13


Johnston Cox has over 20 years of experience handling complex litigation for clients and has tried over 40 cases to verdict.  A member of the firm’s Insurance and Business and Commercial Practice Group, he focuses on insurance coverage, bad faith, business litigation, commercial condemnation and personal injury matters. Some of his most notable cases include:

  • Bad Faith Litigation
  • Defamation Suits
  • Insurance Coverage Issues and Declaratory Judgment Actions
  • Business Disputes  and Commercial Litigation
  • Wrongful death/catastrophic injury litigation

Johnston continues to inform clients and peers by publishing articles and engaging in speaking events; such as, the annual meeting of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (“ADTA”) where he spoke on “Cybersleuthing: Using the Internet to Discredit the Opposing Expert”. He has been recognized in his field as one of the Best Lawyers in America for his work in Insurance Law & Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants. He was also was selected by peers and colleagues as one of the honorees for the 2017 Leadership in Law Awards by South Carolina Lawyers Weekly and honored as a Super Lawyer for South Carolina in Business Litigation for 2018.

Dedicated to the advancement of the legal profession, Cox serves as the National Membership Chair for the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys and Treasurer of the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association. Cox is also an active member of notable organizations such as DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar, the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Richland County Bar Association, and the South Carolina Bar.

Also dedicated to community improvement, Johnston has served various charitable organizations. He previously serving as a board member of Senior Resources, Inc., the Community Advisory Board for  Homeworks of America, Inc. and is currently a member of the Board of Directors for  Homeworks of America, Inc. a non–profit organization enabling more than 38,000 youth and adult volunteers to repair the homes for elderly, disabled or veteran homeowners across South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia.




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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

  • South Carolina Super Lawyers -Business Litigation,  2018
  • 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

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Dwight D. Eisenhower


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