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

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


Stephen Cox represents business clients in the litigation and arbitration of complex commercial matters, focusing on construction, employment and corporate governance disputes. Admitted to practice in North Carolina and South Carolina, he has represented parties in numerous class actions and derivative actions and has significant experience in both states' business courts. Stephen has appeared 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 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. He was also on a Robinson Bradshaw team engaged to defend an international shipping firm in an action where 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


  • Law Clerk, The Honorable R. Markley Dennis Jr., South Carolina Circuit Court, 1996-97



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Professional Affiliations

  • South Carolina Bar, House of Delegates, 2014-19; Board of Governors, 2016-19
  • South Carolina Bar, Law-Related Education Committee, 1998-present; Chairman, 2012-14
  • York County Bar, President, 2003-04; Vice President, 2001-02
  • Piedmont Citizens Committee on Judicial Qualifications, Chairman, 2013-present 
  • Gregory-Hayes American Inn of Court

Community Affiliations

  • South Carolina Education and Economic Development Coordinating Council, Gubernatorial Appointee and Chairman, 2017-22
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Education and Workforce Development Committee, Chairman, 2015-18; Board of Directors, 2015-18
  • Pilgrim’s Inn, Board of Directors, 1999-2016; President, 2003-16
  • South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts Foundation, 2015-20; Vice-Chair, 2017-18; Chair, 2018-19
  • Liberty Fellowship, Class of 2009
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