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Joshua Preston Stokes

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Charleston, SC

Stokes Legal, LLC
145 King Street, Suite 201
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: 843-969-9603
Fax: 843-628-2859
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2021
Licensed in South Carolina Since: 2007
Practice Areas: Family Law, Criminal Defense
Attorney Profile

Joshua Preston Stokes is an attorney and partner at the law firm of Stokes Legal, LLC, in Charleston, South Carolina. A skilled attorney with more than a decade of experience, Mr. Stokes practices family law and criminal defense, serving clients in Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Moncks Corner, Summerville, and beyond. Over the course of his career, he has resolved many complex cases, and has argued before South Carolina municipal/magistrate courts, state Family and Circuit courts, and state appellate court as well as the United State District Court for the District of South Carolina.

Mr. Stokes provides exceptional, personalized legal services, with an understanding that legal issues can have major consequences for his clients.

Raised in Anderson, South Carolina, Mr. Stokes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics with a minor in computer science from Presbyterian College. He received his law degree from Charleston School of Law, where he was a member of the inaugural class. He is qualified to appear before all South Carolina state courts and the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina.

At the onset of his legal career, Mr. Stokes spent a few years practicing at a private law firm before opening his own solo practice. He subsequently merged his solo practice with another attorney and formed McCoy & Stokes, LLC. McCoy & Stokes, LLC operated for almost a decade before Mr. Stokes’ law partner was appointed as the United States Attorney for South Carolina. At that time, Mr. Stokes reorganized his office and formed Stokes Legal, LLC.

An active contributor to his legal community, Mr. Stokes is a member of the Charleston County Bar Association, the Charleston Lawyers Club, the South Carolina Bar and the American Bar Association. He also stays engaged in his local community, having served on Town Council for the Town of James Island, the Session of James Island Presbyterian Church, the board of directors of the Charleston Men’s Chorus, and the Presbyterian College Alumni Board of Directors. Mr. Stokes lives on James Island with his three children.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Family Law
  • 50%Criminal Defense
Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Failure to Pay Child Support, Felony, Misdemeanor, Murder, Criminal Domestic Violence


9 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2013 - 2021

About Joshua Preston Stokes

First Admitted: 2007, South Carolina

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Pro bono/Community Service

  • Councilman, Town of James Island
  • James Island Presbyterian Church

Bar/Professional Activity

  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Charleston Lawyer's Club
  • American Bar Association
  • Charleston County Bar Association

Educational Background

  • Charleston School of Law - Juris Doctor, 2007
  • Presbyterian College - Bachelor of Science, 2003


  • , AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2021


  • “Josh has a fantastic reputation as being courteous and a zealous, knowledgeable advocate for his family law clients. He's very good with financial issues especially.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for Joshua Preston Stokes

145 King Street
Suite 201
Charleston, SC 29401

Phone: 843-969-9603

Fax: 843-628-2859

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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