Burnette Shutt & McDaniel welcomes Cox as an associate

COLUMBIA, SC – Sarah J.M. Cox, already a familiar face to many Burnette Shutt & McDaniel clients, has joined the firm as an associate.

Her practice focuses on litigation, including employment law and civil rights. She also will assist clients with name and gender changes and will represent clients in personal injury cases, including foodborne illnesses.

“Sarah will truly be an asset to our firm and to our clients,” Burnette Shutt & McDaniel co-founder Kathleen McDaniel said. “We’re excited that an attorney with Sarah’s dedication, determination and talent is joining us.”

Cox has worked at Burnette Shutt & McDaniel for nearly two years, honing her legal skills while serving as the firm’s senior law clerk as she completed her Juris Doctor at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

The first American Bar Association-approved program of its type, the innovative curriculum at the Minnesota law school allows students to spend limited time on campus, remaining in their communities and continuing to work as they complete their degrees.

As Burnette Shutt & McDaniel’s senior law clerk, Cox helped attorneys prepare for trials, hearings and mediations. She conducted legal research across a range of areas, including employment, civil rights, commercial and family law. She applied her analytical skills to damages calculations that helped lead to favorable settlements for clients in two cases.

Cox worked at two other Columbia law firms while in law school. Her duties included drafting and editing motions, discovery, mediation statements and other legal documents. Her legal research delved into topics such as property law, medical malpractice, Social Security disability, criminal law and more.

Cox earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She studied abroad for a semester in Estonia. She also attended the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Cox and her husband, Matt, live in Columbia with their two children. Outside the office, she enjoys exploring South Carolina state parks with her family.