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Senior Counsel
The Charleston Group
T: 910.485.2500
F: 910.485.2599
jcoker@charlestongroup.com
Jose A. Coker

Practice areas

Admissions

Education

  • North Carolina Central University School of Law, J.D.
  • Old Dominion University, B.S.

Jose Coker is Senior Counsel, specializing in civil litigation, public housing, corporate, administrative, and healthcare law.  He represents clients in federal and state courts in a wide spectrum of cases.  Mr. Coker successfully defends clients in investigations and multi-million dollar claims brought by the State of North Carolina and the Department of Justice, in addition to other federal and state regulatory agencies. He has considerable experience representing corporate clients in complex civil litigation, and assists clients in issues involving discovery, information law, records management and litigation readiness solutions.

Representative Experience

  • Co-counsel in seminal case involving $3.2M jury award in alienation of affection, defamation, and “revenge porn” case in Elizabeth Ann Clark v. Adam Clark, et al.  The case was featured on television's top-rated syndicated newsmagazine - - Inside Edition. https://www.insideedition.com/media/videos/mom-wins-first-revenge-porn-lawsuit-i-couldnt-believe-it-56122
  • Successfully defended Managed Care Organization/Local Management Entity in an employment termination case involving due process and discrimination.  The North Carolina Court of Appeals, in Barron v. Eastpointe Human Services, affirmed the Administrative law judge’s decision
  • Successfully defended county department of social services in a child protective services cases involving termination of parental rights.  The North Carolina Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s decision to terminate parental rights based on failure to pay reasonable portion of child care 
  • Successfully defended DaimlerChrysler Corporation in a breach of warranty lawsuit in Joyce v. DaimlerChrysler Corporation, et al.  The trial court rendered judgment against DaimlerChrysler Corporation which was reversed by the North Carolina Court of Appeals
  • Successfully defended the City of Fayetteville, North Carolina in a wrongful death lawsuit involving multiple defendants and claims arising from an automobile collision with a structure in the City of Fayetteville, resulting in summary judgment in favor of the City, in Kennedy v. City of Fayetteville, et al.  The North Carolina Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s judgment in favor of the City of Fayetteville
  • Successfully defended a mental health provider in the seminal case Carrieing Home Health Care, Inc. v. N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, which established, among other things, the obligation of North Carolina Department of Justice to defend local management entities.
  • North Carolina co-counsel to a regional energy company
  • North Carolina counsel to global automobile manufacturers
  • Counsel to North Carolina Public Housing Authorities
  • Counsel to North Carolina Local Management Entities
  • Represents property owners in zoning and planning matters
  • Represents clients in government contract matters
  • Represents professional licensees before licensing boards
  • Represents numerous healthcare providers, including continuing care and life care facilities, nursing homes, funeral homes, providers of mental health services, physicians, dentists and pharmacists, in operational matters and before regulatory agencies.

Professional Affiliations

  • National Bar Association
  • National Hispanic Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law Section

Community/Civic Activities

  • Fayetteville Redevelopment Commission, 2015-2019
  • Director, Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce 2011-2013
  • Director, Cumberland County Bar Association 2011-2012
  • Volunteer Counsel, Center for Economic Empowerment and Development, 2011
  • Volunteer Counsel, Cumberland County Democratic Party, 2010-2011
  • Co-Chair, City of Fayetteville Fair Housing Board, 2007-2010

Honors & Awards

  • Fayetteville Observer’s “40 Under Forty,” 2011