A long-time resident of Columbia, Sarah J.M. Cox focuses her practice on employment law, personal injury, civil rights law and litigation. She also can help clients navigate the legalities involved in name and gender changes and will represent clients in grandparents’ rights cases.

Sarah came to Burnette Shutt & McDaniel as a senior law clerk, working for the firm as she completed her Juris Doctor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. While in law school, Sarah developed an interest in foodborne illness litigation and grandparents’ visitation rights.

As Burnette Shutt & McDaniel’s senior law clerk, she honed her legal skills by conducting research pertaining to employment law, civil rights law, commercial litigation and family law. She also drafted legal pleadings, motions and mediation statements. She helped attorneys prepare for trials, hearings, mediations and other legal proceedings.

She worked at two other Columbia law firms while in law school, serving as a legal assistant and law clerk. Her duties included drafting and editing discovery, motions and other legal documents. She also researched memoranda pertaining to a wide range of issues, including civil litigation, medical malpractice, property law, Social Security disability and personal injury.

Sarah attended the University of South Carolina School of Law for one year, where she also served as a library research assistant.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She studied abroad for a semester in Estonia.

Sarah lives in Columbia with her husband, Matt, and their two children. In her free time, Sarah enjoys exploring South Carolina state parks with her family.

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2019
    • Cum laude graduate
    • Dean’s List, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, candidate for Juris Doctor, August 2010 to May 2011
    • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, Spring 2011
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Studies, 2010
    • Dean’s List, fall 1999, Fall 2008, Spring 2009
    • University of Tartu, Tartu Estonia, study abroad, Fall 2001
  • South Carolina Bar
    • Employment and Labor Law Section
  • South Carolina Association for Justice
  • South Carolina Supreme Court Historical Society