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John W. Cox Attorney at Law

Meet the Team


Growing up as the son of a Marine Corps Aviator and a public school teacher, John W. Cox saw firsthand how his parents dedicated their lives to helping others. From defending those who can't protect themselves, to teaching children for the betterment of themselves and society, he couldn't help but be affected by his parent's zeal to serve. Thanks to the support of his parents, John pursued a career defending others according to the letter of the law. He received his Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University in 1997. John subsequently passed the bar exam in 1997 and opened his law practice in Hickory, NC. The next year, John moved the practice to Graham, where he married Shannon, and now have three children together.

John W. Cox has practiced law in Alamance County since 1998 and has built a reputation for being a lawyer that takes your case personally. He defends your rights with utmost integrity. John has represented thousands of clients on charges ranging from DUI/DWI and traffic law violations to juvenile law and criminal defenses including misdemeanors and felonies.



John is an active member of:

 Alamance County Bar AssociationNCDD Member

Ebher O. Rossi Jr.

Ebher O. Rossi Jr.
Ebher O. Rossi Jr. - Associate Attorney

Ebher O. Rossi Jr. was born in Bahia Blanca, Argentina and is a native Spanish speaker. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the City University of New York and a Juris Doctorate from Fordham University School of Law. Mr. Rossi’s career in law spans 25+ years. He was a staff attorney for the North Carolina General Assembly, where he worked on insurance and local government matters. In addition, he also served as an Appeals Referee for the North Carolina Employment Security Commission and has also served on various government and non-profit advisory boards and committees. For the past 22 years he has been a criminal defense attorney in Alamance County. In addition to his work, Mr. Rossi also enjoys photography, ham radio, coffee roasting, and baking homemade sourdough bread from scratch.

Todd R. Russell

Todd R. Russell
Todd R. Russell -
Associate Attorney

Todd R. Russell has practiced law since 1999. Prior to joining the firm, he worked in New Hampshire as a criminal defense lawyer with the Public Defender, a civil rights attorney with the Disability Rights Center, and general counsel with the Department of Health and Human Services. During his legal career, Todd has advocated for the civil and constitutional rights of indigent clients, individuals with disabilities, and vulnerable and elderly adults. He has represented thousands of clients before judges and juries in the New Hampshire Circuit, Superior, and Supreme Courts on charges ranging from misdemeanors to homicides.

Todd has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center. He attended the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia as well as DUI/DWI trainings on Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement and DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. Todd was the DWI Litigation Support Specialist for the New Hampshire Public Defender for 12 years and presented on DWIs to the New Hampshire Bar Association and New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He looks forward to defending the civil and constitutional rights of individuals in Alamance County.

National Criminal Defense College - Mercer Law School

Counterpoint Intensive Breath Testing - Intoxilyzer™ 9000

Comprehensive Course - DWI Detection & Field Sobriety Testing - NHTSA IACP

DUI Defense Lawyer's Association

Laura Isley

Laura Isley

Laura joined John Cox Law in February, 2015. She assists with all aspects of the firm along with keeping the office running smoothly and acting as an additional liaison between clients and our law office.

Laura is a native of Alamance County, NC. She is the mother to a wonderful seven month old baby girl who is her inspiration in everything she does. She also enjoys trips to the beach and lake and spending time with friends and family. She is a licensed North Carolina Notary Public and a member of the Alamance County Paralegal Association.

Saira Diaz-Lopez

Saira Diaz-Lopez

Saira graduated from Barlett Yancey High School in 2013. She is a native of Veracruz, Mexico and grew in Mexico until the age of 10 years old. She speaks Spanish and English and helps many of our Hispanic clients. She began her journey in Criminal Law in 2015. She became part of the team in January 2020, her strong organizational skills are an asset to the firm.

In her spare time, she enjoys riding horses, mountain biking, hiking, and training at the gym. She is the proud mother of 3 furry dogs.

She is a licensed North Carolina Notary Public.

Estefania Luna

Estefania Luna

Estefania joined John Cox Law in July, 2020. She assists our office as a Spanish translator along with greeting clients when calling into the office. Estefania’s goal is to continue learning about helping people in their legal matters and obtain a better understanding the legal system.

Estefania was born in Mexico and has now lived in North Carolina for several years. She is happily married to her high school sweetheart. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, baking, fast cars, reading, hanging out with friends, and spending time with her family.

Lori Woodard

Lori Woodard

Lori Woodard, a graduate of the American Institute of Paralegal Studies, began her career in the legal field in 1990. She worked in family law and estate planning for 12 years before earning a master's degree in Professional Counseling and obtaining licensure as a clinical mental health counselor. Lori met John W. Cox while serving as a treatment provider on the Alamance County Drug Court team where John served as counsel. In September 2019, Lori's love of the law and her desire to help people in crisis led her back to employment with the John Cox team. She works diligently with firm administration and client services.

Lori is a native of Alamance County. She enjoys spending her leisure time with her granddaughters, cooking, reading, yoga, and gardening.

She currently has 9 cats; however, this number can fluctuate wildly depending on the weather, seasonal reproductive activities and the local dog population. She frequently denies being labeled as, "That crazy cat lady," or, alternatively, "The crazy cat lady." Inquiries in this regard should be lodged with neighbors in the Whitsett area.

My Practice Areas

Criminal Defense

You deserve a defense tailored to your specific case. I am an experienced advocate that will fight for you in the courtroom.

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Juvenile Law

A mistake shouldn't define a young person's life. I was one of four lawyers who created the juvenile specialty and wrote the first exam.

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Traffic Law

Don't just pay the fine and plead to the charge. I will personally represent you and work to get the best possible outcome.

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Keep the past where it belongs. The laws are complicated and always changing. I can help you get a better outcome so you can focus on your future.

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A misdemeanor doesn't have to tear down your future. I can represent you fairly to get a better outcome without the headache.

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A DWI can have devastating effects. I can help get your license back quickly so you can get back on your feet.

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Battling a felony charge? I can help you get out of jail, keep your job and carry on with your life.

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