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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, became a Member in 2007, and then became the firm’s Managing 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 is an “AV” rated attorney by the Martindale-Hubbell legal directory and 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.
A graduate of Bayou Academy in Cleveland, John received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Delta State University in 1996. While an undergraduate at DSU, John was elected Vice-President of the Student Government Association, a Student Senator, and was Editor in Chief of the campus newspaper, The Delta Statement, for one and a half years. He was a member of Lambda Iota Tau literature honor society and Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society during his time at Delta State. At graduation, he was inducted into the Student Hall of Fame, the single highest honor that can be accorded an individual student at Delta State. John was an active member of Delta Beta chapter of Kappa Alpha Order, and was later inducted into the Irwin Province Court of Honor as an alumnus.
John has always been an active member of the The Mississippi Bar, serving as a past President of the Bolivar County Bar Association, and was a Commissioner of The Mississippi Bar representing the 11th Circuit for the years 2008-2010. John previously served on the Mississippi Bar’s Centennial Celebration committee, and has been active in numerous American Bar Association committees. John has participated in the James O. Dukes Professionalism Program for first year law students at the University of Mississippi every year since 2016. In 2015, he was selected a “Leader in Law” by the Mississippi Business Journal. He is a life member of the University of Mississippi Alumni Association and is a former board member of the School of Law Board of Directors.
John has been active in the Cleveland and Bolivar County communities through civic and community organizations including the Cleveland Noon Lions Club, a former board member of Bolivar Medical Center, and the Cleveland/Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce, where he is a past Board member and chair of Octoberfest. John is a graduate of Leadership Bolivar County and former member of the Cleveland/Bolivar County United Way Board of Directors, where he served as President. John is a graduate of the Mississippi Economic Council’s Leadership Mississippi program. In 2003, he was selected, at the age of 28, as the youngest member of the Mississippi Business Journal’s prestigious “Top 40 under 40″ class. He currently serves as the chair of the Leadership Bolivar County program for the local Chamber of Commerce, and has served in that capacity for ten years. He is a former President of the Cleveland Country Club, and was an inaugural member of the Cleveland Country Club Tennis Hall of Fame.
John’s time at Delta State impacted his life in a big way, and he has always tried to give back to the alma mater he loves. He is a former President of the Bolivar County alumni chapter for Delta State University for two terms, and served on the National Alumni Association Board of Directors for 10 years as Secretary-Treasurer, President Elect, and finally, President of the National Alumni Association from 2008-2010. He is presently a director of the Delta State University Foundation. He has been fortunate to work with the University as a member of 11 search committees for intercollegiate athletic coaches, and was a member of the University’s Athletic Committee for over 14 years. John served as a color analyst for the Delta State Sports Radio Network for seven years, and has appeared on ESPN3 and CSS as a sideline reporter for televised football broadcasts in addition to co-hosting a weekly radio show for the Statesmen Sports Network. He is a Sustaining Life Member of the Delta State University Alumni Association, and was the recipient of the Kent Wyatt Young Alumnus Service award at Delta State in 2004. In 2015, John was inducted into the Delta State University Alumni Hall of Fame for his contributions to civic life and dedication to the University.
Above all else, John is married to Ashley Neal Cox, and is the proud parent of three boys, John Christopher Cox, Jr. Walker Cox, and Quinn Cox. In his spare time, John remains passionate about the sport of tennis, where he is a high school tennis coach, has served as President of the Mississippi Tennis Association and served multiple terms on the Board of Directors of USTA Southern. He is a rabid sports fan, and religiously follows his Delta State Statesmen and Ole Miss Rebel athletic teams, as well as the Boston Celtics.