Joshua P. Stokes

Joshua P. Stokes

Josh Stokes is committed to providing his clients with the highest quality of legal services available in the Lowcountry and South Carolina as a whole. Mr. Stokes graduated from Presbyterian College in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a minor in Computer Science. He was a member of the Charleston School of Law's inaugural class earning his Juris Doctor in May 2007. Mr. Stokes was admitted to the South Carolina Bar at the end of 2007, and began his legal career as an attorney at the Law Offices of Paul E. Tinkler located in downtown Charleston, South Carolina in December 2007. In June 2010, Mr. Stokes opened the Law Office of Joshua P. Stokes, LLC. In September 2011, Mr. Stokes and Peter M. McCoy, Jr. merged their individual practices to form McCoy & Stokes, LLC. In April 2013, Mr. Stokes was one of five lawyers throughout South Carolina selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2013-2019 in the practice areas of Divorce and Family Law. Mr. Stokes also holds the highest peer-reviewed, professional rating ("AV Preeminent") available from Martindale-Hubbell reflecting a combination of "Very High General Ethical Standards" and overall "Legal Ability".

Mr. Stokes is admitted to practice in all state courts in South Carolina and the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina. He is a member of the American Bar Association, South Carolina Bar Association, and Charleston County Bar Association. Since his admission to the South Carolina Bar in 2007, Mr. Stokes has practiced extensively in the state courts of South Carolina from municipal courts and ciruit courts across the state to the South Carolina Court of Appeals as well as the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.

Mr. Stokes is originally from Anderson, South Carolina, but he has lived in Charleston since 2004. He and his wife, Julianne, reside on James Island with their two young children. The couple met while at Presbyterian College as members of the Presbyterian College Concert Choir, and both continue to be avid singers to this day. Mr. Stokes has been a member of the Charleston Men's Chorus since he moved to Charleston in 2004. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Chorus since August 2008, was elected as the Board's Vice-President for the Chorus' 2009 - 2010 performance season, and he has served as the President of the Chorus' Board of Directors since May 2010. Mr. Stokes has also recently been selected as a member of the Presbyterian College Alumni Board of Directors.

Areas of Practice

  • 80% Family Law (Separation, Divorce, Child Custody, Visitation, Child Support, Property Division, Alimony, Adoption, etc.)
  • 15% Criminal Law
  • 5% Estate Planning

Honors and Awards

  • 2013 South Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star in Divorce & Family Law
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member, 2007 – Present
  • South Carolina Bar Association, Member, 2007 – Present
  • Charleston County Bar Association, Member, 2007 – Present
  • Charleston Lawyers Club, 2007 – Present

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 2007
  • United States District Court District of South Carolina, 2009


Charleston School of Law, Charleston, South Carolina

  • J.D. – May 2007
  • Honors: Academic Scholarship
  • Student Health Law and Bioethics Society
  • Student Trial Lawyers Association

Presbyterian College, Clinton, South Carolina

  • B.S. – May 2003
  • Major: Physics
  • Minor: Computer Science
  • Honors: Belk Scholar
  • Honors: Dean’s List
  • Honors: Order of Omega, Greek Honor Fraternity
  • Honors: Presbyterian College Music Ensembles
  • Theta Chi International Fraternity (Treasurer 2000 – 2002)
  • Special Olympics Coordinator, Student Volunteer Services

Past Employment Positions

  • McCoy & Stokes, LLC, Charleston, South Carolina, Owner/Partner, 2011 – Present
  • Law Office of Joshua P. Stokes, LLC, Charleston, South Carolina, Owner, 2010 – 2011
  • Law Offices of Paul E. Tinkler, Charleston, South Carolina, Associate Attorney, 2007 – 2010
  • Uricchio, Howe, Krell, Jacobson, Toporek, Theos & Keith, PA, Charleston, South Carolina, Contract Attorney, 2007
  • Office of the Solicitor, Ninth Judicial Circuit, Charleston, South Carolina, Law Clerk, 2007
  • Gay & Associates, P.C., Attorney and Counselor at Law, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, Law Clerk, 2005 – 2006
  • McIntosh, Sherard, & Sullivan, Attorneys at Law, Anderson, South Carolina, File Clerk, 1998 – 2001