M. Dawes Cooke, Jr.

M. Dawes Cooke, Jr.


Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms, LLC

Recognized since 2001

Charleston, South Carolina

Practice Areas

Arbitration

Bet-the-Company Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Litigation - Health Care

Mediation

Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Mediation Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Mediation Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Arbitration Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Arbitration Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2011 - Bet-the-Company Litigation
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M. Dawes Cooke, Jr.’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation, professional liability defense, and personal injury litigation. He is also a much sought after mediator and arbitrator. He is admitted to the South Carolina Bar, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court Bar. Cooke is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He holds a Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent rating (the highest, formerly called AV), and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, personal injury litigation for defendants, personal injury litigation for plaintiffs, arbitration, and mediation. Best Lawyers has named him a "Lawyer of the Year" numerous in multiple practice areas from arbitration and mediation to bet the company litigation. Benchmark Litigation has named him as a Local Litigation Star numerous years in the areas of insurance, product liability, medical malpractice, and construction. He is also regularly listed in Super Lawyers as one of the top 10 attorneys in the state of South Carolina, and he was profiled in the April 2011 edition. Super Lawyers has ranked him the number one lawyer in South Carolina multiple years.

Dawes Cooke is the immediate past president of the South Carolina Bar and is past president of the Charleston chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Charleston County Bar Association, and the James L. Petigru American Inn of Court, and past chair of the South Carolina Bar’s Commission on Judicial Independence and Impartiality. He formerly served on the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Public Defender selection committee, and as the Governor’s appointee to the South Carolina Automobile Liability Insurance Study Committee.

He currently serves as a member of the Dispute Resolution Section Council of the South Carolina Bar. Cooke is a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference and a member of the Defense Research Institute, the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), and the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

A native of Beaufort, South Carolina, Cooke received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, where he majored in Philosophy and graduated with High Distinction. He earned his J.D. from the University of South Carolina cum laude, where he served as Clerk of Court for the Society of Wig and Robe and as Symposium Editor of the University of South Carolina Law Review. In 1993, he received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina.

In addition Cooke is past president of the Board of Directors of East Cooper Community Outreach and has served on the board since its inception. Additionally, he has served as president of the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club and vice chairman of the Rotary District 7770 Gift of Life Board of Directors. He is a former Rotarian of the Year.

Location

  • 211 King Street, Suite 300
    Charleston, SC 29401

Languages

  • English

Education

  • University of South Carolina-Columbia, School of Law - Juris Doctor
  • University of Virginia, Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, South Carolina Bar

Affiliations

  • South Carolina Bar - Past President
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Charleston Chapter - Past President
  • American College of Trial Lawyers - Fellow
  • Charleston County Bar Association - Past President
  • Defense Research Institute - Member
  • Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Public Defender - Member, Screening Committee
  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference - Member
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) - Member
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys - Member
  • South Carolina Bar - Member, Dispute Resolution Section Council
  • South Carolina Bar Board of Governors - Past Member
  • South Carolina’s Commission on Judicial Independence and Impartiality - Chairman

Court Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Federal Clerkships

  • United States District Court

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Mediation Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Mediation Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Arbitration Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Arbitration Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2011 - Bet-the-Company Litigation

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Mediation, Charleston, SC (2021)
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation, Charleston, SC (2020)
  • Mediation, Charleston, SC (2018)
  • Arbitration, Charleston, SC (2017)
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation, Charleston, SC (2016)
  • Arbitration, Charleston, SC (2014)
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation, Charleston, SC (2013)
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Charleston, SC (2012)
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation, Charleston, SC (2011)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Litigation - Health Care
  • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Special Focus

  • Advocacy
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate
  • Arbitration
  • Business Disputes
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Complex Litigation
  • Contract
  • Defamation
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Insurance
  • Large Case Litigation
  • Mediation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Wrongful Death

Awards:

  • Benchmark Litigation Local Litigation Star, 2012 and 2013
  • East Cooper Community Outreach Stone Soup Award Recipient
  • East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club Rotarian of the Year
  • Best Lawyers Arbitration Lawyer of the Year, 2014 and 2017
  • Best Lawyers Mediation Lawyer of the Year, 2018
  • Best Lawyers Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year, 2011, 2013, and 2016
  • Best Lawyers Personal Injury- Defendants Litigator of the Year, 2012
  • Super Lawyers Top 10 Attorneys in South Carolina, listed as number one attorney in 2014, 2015 and 2016

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