Poyner Spruill Welcomes Education Law Practice Group

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Cosmo Zinkow

t: 919.783.2868

Cosmo focuses his practice on business disputes, local government law, and appeals. Cosmo is also the co-founder of Project Ethos—a program designed to support and grow veteran-led businesses.


Cosmo’s background provides him with a unique skill set. Before pursuing a legal career, Cosmo spent seven years in the United States Marine Corps as a hydraulic and airframes mechanic on F/A-18 Hornets. Cosmo also spent time in the private sector, serving as the director of technology for multiple companies.

Cosmo now represents businesses, government entities, and individuals in a wide range of civil lawsuits. In recent months, he has litigated shareholder disputes, represented companies under investigation by state agencies, and defended local governments in cases involving challenged ordinances, tax policy, and class actions.

Cosmo is also an active member of the firm’s appellate team. In that role, he has worked extensively on matters in both state and federal appellate courts. Before the U.S. Supreme Court, he has dealt with issues ranging from billion-dollar tax disputes, challenges to EPA guidance, the recovery of World War II era art, and copyright claims involving Blackbeard’s ship.

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Campbell University School of Law, JD – magna cum laude

North Carolina Central University, BS, Criminal Justice –magna cum laude

+Notable Accomplishments

Editor in Chief, Campbell Law Review

North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2019

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