J. Derham Cole, Jr. 2018-02-08T14:12:05+00:00

J. Derham Cole, Jr.

Spartanburg Office


University of South Carolina School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2003
University of South Carolina Moore School of Business, IMBA, 2003
University of South Carolina Honors College, B.S., Business Economics, cum laude, 1999

Bar Admission

South Carolina, 2003
U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina

Derham Cole’s practice emphasizes business litigation and business transactions. He regularly advises business clients on a wide variety of matters, including start-up issues, mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, and ongoing operational concerns. He also serves as outside general counsel for small to medium-size businesses. Derham uses his business and corporate law experience to help his clients achieve practical and positive results in litigation matters, whether through mediation or in the courtroom. His credentials and standing among his peers have resulted in his being named to the 2016 Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers, a recognition afforded to no more than 2.5% of lawyers in the State of South Carolina.

In addition to his law practice, Derham represents District 32 (Spartanburg) in the South Carolina House of Representatives. First elected in 2008, he has served as Chairman of the Special Laws and General Laws Subcommittees of the Judiciary Committee and currently sits on the budget-writing Ways & Means Committee. In 2014, Speaker Jay Lucas appointed Derham as Chairman of the House Ethics and Freedom of Information Act Study Committee. He is currently the Chairman of the Spartanburg County Legislative Delegation.

Derham was recognized in 2016 as the Legislator of the Year for the S.C. Human Service Providers Association for his advocacy on behalf of South Carolinians living with disabilities and special needs. He has earned the Business Advocate Award from the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce four times. He has also earned the Sword and Mace Award from the Business & Industry Political Education Committee. In 2010, Derham was selected by the Speaker of the House to participate in the Program for Emerging Political Leaders at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

Derham is married to the former Suzy Boulware and they have a son, Derham, III. Derham is a member of the Rotary Club of Spartanburg and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg. He has served on the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association since 2012. He is also an usher at First Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg.

Professional Membership

South Carolina Bar Association
South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
Defense Research Institute
Spartanburg County Bar Association