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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

Arlind Kastrati

Arlind Kastrati

Arlind is a native of Alamance County. After graduating from Western Alamance High School Arlind attended North Carolina State University where he was a dual major in Business Administration and International Studies. Following his graduation at NC State Arlind attended Elon University School of Law where he earned his JD.

Arlind worked various internships during his legal studies including working with the Alamance County District Attorney's Office, the Prosecution Office of Kosovo, and with Attorney John Cox. Arlind is eager to bring his local and international experience here at John Cox Law.

During his spare time Arlind likes spending time with family and friends, watching sports, and playing basketball. Arlind is also fluent in the Albanian Language.


  • Elon University School of Law: J.D., 2018
  • North Carolina State University: B.S. Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude, 2016.
  • North Carolina State University: B.A. International Studies, Magna Cum Laude, 2016.

Atiya S. Clark

Atiya S. Clark
Atiya S. Clark - Associate Attorney

Atiya was born and raised in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. She attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, earning her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Urban Studies. She then went on to attend North Carolina Central University School of Law where she earned her J.D. While in law school Atiya gained legal experience at the Guilford County Public Defender’s Office, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Durham County District Attorney’s Office.

As a former Assistant District Attorney in Guilford County, North Carolina, Atiya has extensive trial experience and knows the popular strategies the prosecution may try to use.

During her free time, she enjoys taking care of her indoor plants, doing yoga, exercising, spending time with her family and friends and finding the nearest sale.

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 fury 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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