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M. Dawes Cooke, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in Charleston, SC

Barnwell, Whaley, Patterson & Helms LLC
211 King St, Suite 300
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: 843-577-7700
Fax: 843-577-7708
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2022
Licensed in South Carolina Since: 1979
Practice Areas: Civil Litigation: Defense, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

M. Dawes Cooke, Jr. , his awards alone speak to his experience: listed as the #1 in South Carolina by Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015 and 2016, Dawes is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, holds a Martindale-Hubble Preeminent rating (the highest, formerly called AV), and is listed in Chambers as well as The Best Lawyers in America. Dawes is also regularly listed in Super Lawyers, and was profiled in the April 2011 edition of South Carolina Super Lawyers, one of the first years he was recognized as as one of the top 10 attorneys in the state of South Carolina.

Frequently called on to handle complex cases, Dawes Cooke is an experienced litigator, mediator and arbitrator.  For a full bio, please visit the Barnwell Whaley law firm website

Certificates and Credentials

About M. Dawes Cooke, Jr.

First Admitted: 1979, South Carolina

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Past President, Charleston Bar Association
  • Chairman, South Carolina Commission on Judicial Independence and Impartiality
  • Past president, Charleston Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates
  • South Carolina Bar 2017-2018 President, 2018

Educational Background

  • B.A. With Honors, University of Virginia, 1976


  • Inducted American College of Trial Lawyers, 2007

Pro bono/Community Service

  • President of the Board of East Cooper Community Outreach, 2011
  • Board of Directors, Charleston County Public Defender, 2008

Industry Groups

  • Businesses
  • Community Associations
  • Educational Institutions
  • Healthcare Providers
  • Insurance Providers
  • Product Manufacturers

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Office Location for M. Dawes Cooke, Jr.

211 King St
Suite 300
Charleston, SC 29401

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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