Bar Admissions

North Carolina

South Carolina

Education

Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1996

Harvard College, A.B., summa cum laude, 1993, Phi Beta Kappa

Profile

Stephen Cox represents business clients in the litigation and arbitration of complex commercial matters, with a particular focus on construction, employment and corporate governance disputes. Admitted to practice in both North and South Carolina, he has represented parties in numerous class actions and derivative actions and has significant experience in both the North Carolina and South Carolina business courts. Stephen’s appellate experience includes appearances before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has handled numerous arbitrations before JAMS, the American Arbitration Association and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and he regularly serves as an arbitrator and mediator himself.

Stephen has represented a national chemical supplier in a case of first impression in North Carolina involving the application of the UCC’s “good faith” pricing standard to a multimillion-dollar chemical requirements contract. Stephen was also part of a team of Robinson Bradshaw lawyers engaged to defend an international shipping firm in an action in which the trial court had already certified a class seeking over $100 million in damages and denied summary judgment. Stephen and the firm’s lawyers successfully petitioned for decertification of the class—a decision that led to the end of the litigation.

Stephen serves on Robinson Bradshaw's Board of Directors.

Honors & Awards

  • Woodward/White, Inc., The Best Lawyers in Americabanking and finance, commercial litigation, construction, employment - management, labor - management, real estate, 2009-16
  • Benchmark Litigation, North Carolina leading litigation attorney, construction, employment & labor, general commercial, product liability, 2015-16
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers, business litigation, 2013-15 
  • Business North Carolina, Legal Elite, construction, 2005
  • South Carolina Bar, Pro Bono Service Award, 2004; Law Related Education Lawyer of the Year, 2000
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Experience

Experience

News & Events

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

  • South Carolina Bar, House of Delegates, Member
  • South Carolina Bar, Law-Related Education Committee, 1998-present; Chairman, 2012-2014
  • York County Bar, President, 2003-2004; Vice President, 2001-2002
  • Piedmont Citizens Committee on Judicial Qualifications, Chairman, 2013-present 
  • Law Clerk, The Honorable R. Markley Dennis Jr., South Carolina Circuit Court, 1996-97

Community Affiliations

  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Excellence in Education Council, Chairman, 2015-present
  • Pilgrim’s Inn, Board of Directors, 1999-present; President, 2003-present
  • Liberty Fellowship, Class of 2009
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