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Ethical. Experienced. Reputable. Attorneys with more than 25 years of combined experience

The oldest law firm in Cleveland, Mississippi.


Cox & Moore, PLLC, is a full-service law firm representing clients both locally and state-wide, providing strategic counsel and legal services to clients across the state. From commercial business transactions to criminal defense to family law and probate, our attorneys guide our clients through the sometimes difficult legal process with care and personal attention, all built on a long legacy of success. We particularly cater to people in the Mississippi Delta, where our office is located.

The beginnings of our firm can be traced to the middle of the 20th century when our founding partner, Ancil L. Cox, Jr.,  returned to his native Mississippi Delta in 1952 to practice law after graduating near the top of his law school class.  Ancil was born and raised in Shaw, Mississippi, and had the dream of a law firm in the Delta that gave the people of the Delta the opportunity to have top legal services in their backyard, so to speak.  His vision became a reality very soon, and his cousin Dana C. Moore joined the firm in 1957.  The two of them formed Cox & Moore, and practiced together in Cleveland representing people from all walks of life, and never wavered from their original commitment of providing top legal services.  The firm has represented cities and municipalities as well as other governmental entities and major corporations, in addition to its individual clients.  Ancil’s son, John C. Cox, joined the firm in 1999, and the firm’s practice expanded to include more family law, litigation and criminal defense with an eye toward representing clients throughout the state of Mississippi.  Dana and Ancil have both passed away now, but their dream is now a reality as John, along with his wife Ashley Neal Cox, continue to provide top quality legal representation to clients throughout the state.

We strive to help our clientsresolve their legal matters and get the results they need, whether the client is a major corporation or a small business owner or a local governmental entity.  We have extensive experience in handling criminal cases, from minor infractions and misdemeanors to felony cases in both state and federal court.

Our lawyers also assist people in getting compensation and seeking damages due to negligence and product liability.  Cox & Moore also handles cases involving real estate and has enjoyed a fine reputation as one of the top firms in the area for residential home closings.

Cox & Moore is rated “AV” by the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory, its highest rating, and the firm is included in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, one of only four firms in Cleveland to hold that distinction.  In addition, John C. Cox has been recognized numerous years in Super Lawyers magazine.

The firm’s practice areas also include:

  • Family Law
  • Corporate law
  • Criminal Defense
  • Estate planning and administration
  • Real Estate and closings
  • Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Sports Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives

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  • Cleveland Office
    116 South Court Street
    PO Box 608
    Cleveland, Mississippi 38732
    Phone: 662-843-8351
    Fax: 662-843-8352