Member and General Counsel

Samuel B. Cothran Jr.


Since the firm’s founding more than 20 years ago, Sam has led its in-house legal department and provided steady guidance in a dynamic environment as the firm has tripled in size.

Sam’s practice encompasses a broad range of matters impacting the firm, including risk management, professional ethics, contracts, employment, regulatory compliance, tax, governance, financing, intellectual property, marketing, and operations. He regularly advises the firm’s Executive Committee, Practice Group Leaders, and Directors of Accounting, Client Services, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Marketing.

Sam’s early career included stints as a CPA with an international accounting firm and a financial manager with several Fortune 1000 companies. After returning to school to earn his MBA and JD, he began practicing law with Motley Rice attorneys.

Honored as a Carolina Legal Scholar, Sam was inducted into The Order of the Coif and The Order of the Wig and Robe. He served as Managing Editor of the South Carolina Law Review and authored Dischargeability of Consumer Credit Card Debt in Bankruptcy After Anastas v. American Savings Bank, 48 S.C.L. Rev. 915 (1997).

Active in his community, Sam served on the Board of Directors for the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center.


J.D. cum laude, University of South Carolina School of Law, 1998

M.B.A., Duke University, 1994

B.S. summa cum laude, University of South Carolina, 1981

Licensed In

  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina

Admitted to Practice Before

U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina and District of South Carolina


American Bar Association

Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants