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John C. Cox

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A native of Cleveland , John C. Cox has been practicing law in his hometown since 1999. John began work as an associate for his late father and cousin at that time, and became a Member in 2007 before becoming the firm’sManaging Member in 2011. In his practice, John has successfully served individuals in the areas of family law, personal injury, criminal defense, real estate, general litigation, sports law, and wills and estates. During this time, John has been fortunate enough to represent both large corporations and individuals, and is proud of the referrals of clients that he has received from both attorneys and clients alike. He is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, and is licensed to practice before all state courts in Mississippi, all federal courts in Mississippi, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. John has served on the Board of Directors for the North Mississippi Rural Legal Services and on the Mississippi Bar’s Centennial Committee. He has been a member of both the American Bar Association and the Sports Lawyers Association, and has been an instructor in Commercial Law at the DSU School of Business for the last nine years. He has been honored by SuperLawyers magazine as a “Rising Star” in the Mid-South for 2013 and 2014, a distinction limited to a maximum of 2.5% of all attorneys in the Mid-South.. In addition, he was selected to the Top 10 under 40 in 2014 by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, a 2017 selection as a Top 10 attorney in Mississippi by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, and is a Master of the Bench of the William C. Keady chapter of the American Inns of Court. His firm is listed in Bar Registry of Preeminent Law Firms, one of only four firms in Cleveland to hold that distinction. In addition to his civil practice, John currently serves as Municipal Court Judge Pro Tempore in Cleveland, a position he has held since 2003. He previously served as Municipal Court Public Defender for the City of Cleveland. He also serves on the Planning Commission for the City of Cleveland.

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Please describe a case(s) in the last year or two where you made a big difference.
We represented a client in a criminal case in federal court where the Justice Department had cracked down hard on him and some of his work colleagues. Although he had an otherwise spotless record and was in the proverbial wrong place at the wrong time, the evidence truly painted him in the worst light of all of the co-Defendants, and it appeared that he was facing a great deal of prison. We worked tirelessly for him, and gave our best effort at the sentencing hearing to show the Court that he should not receive a long sentence. The Court ultimately gave him the lightest sentence of all of the Co-defendants, and he was able to resume his job in a very short time after the sentencing hearing.

How did you build a successful practice?
There is no substitute for hard work. Clients recognize hard work, and your fellow lawyers appreciate another attorney who is willing to put in the effort for the case.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?
Clients should look for an attorney who will work hard to represent them, and always tell them what they need to be told, regardless of if it makes the client happy. Sometimes, the best attorneys are the ones who have to deliver hard news.

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?
I think that it's very important. The law is the law, but how to present the law in the best manner is the key to successful advocacy. The "how" is usually best learned through knowing the lay of the land in a particular location. Each court is different, and knowing how that court operates is invaluable knowledge.

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?
I tend to just get basic information on the phone such as a conflict check, and then try to set up an appointment.

What information do you need in a free phone consultation?
We check for conflicts in our phone consultations.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?
We are blessed with some great attorneys in our community, but the one thing that separates me from the other attorneys is that I try to be very practical and real to my clients. A judge told me when I first began practicing that a good lawyer will tell a client what they want to hear, but a great lawyer will tell the client what they need to hear. I have always tried to be very straight-forward with my clients, and advised them of the law and the "real-life" consequences of our actions.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
I enjoy helping people. As corny as that sounds, that is the greatest aspect of my job. I enjoy the feeling of knowing that I had a small role in helping someone when they needed help.

What are your other interests in addition to law?
I have always been a huge sports fan, and I love watching sports with my family.

Are you involved in your community?
My late father, who started our firm, always preached community involvement and I volunteer at our local Chamber of Commerce and the Delta State University Foundation Board as well as being a past National President of the Delta State University Alumni Association.

Position Organization Location Duration
AttorneyCox & Moore, PLLCCleveland, MSPresent
School Degree Major Graduation
University of Mississippi School of LawJ.D. Law School1999  
Delta State UniversityBachelor of ArtsEnglish1996
State / Court Date
United States Supreme Court2005
Mississippi1999
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit1999
United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi1999
United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi1999
  • Sports Lawyers Association | Member | 2012 - Present
    Mississippi Bar | Board of Commissioners | 2007 - Present
    American Bar Association | Member | 1999 - Present
  • Rising Star | Super Lawyers Magazine | 2014
    Rising Star | Super Lawyers Magazine | 2013
    Top 40 under 40 | Mississippi Business Journal | 2003
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(1999) Licensed as Attorney in Mississippi. Verified with The Mississippi Bar.May 17, 2018

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Cleveland, MS 38732
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