Mr. Cox has for 40 years specialized in representing entities and individuals affected by business failure and bankruptcy, primarily creditors and investors and owners of failed or distressed businesses.
Mr.Cox graduated with honors in 1979 from the Law School at the University of Texas at Austin, after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from SMU in Dallas. After completing his clerkship for a federal judge in Atlanta, he practiced in Austin at the boutique firm of Cox & Rodnick for nearly 20 years, representing creditors and debtors and asset buyers in bankruptcy cases of all types and sizes. After limiting his practice to the representation of the national interests of a single group of related companies from 2000 to 2009, Mr. Cox became Of Counsel to a downtown Portland, Oregon law firm specializing in Chapter 11 cases.
Currently, Mr. Cox represents Dell Computer as a multi-million dollar creditor in a Chapter 11 proceeding filed by a major web-hosting company, Canfor Pulp as a creditor of a failed paper mill in litigation raising complex UCC issues, a principal of the failed Portland Marathon charitable entity, the individual minority owner of a Medford-based boat manufacturer in complex litigation relating to a Chapter 11 filing (now on appeal to the Ninth Circuit by the losing party, after Mr. Cox prevailed on behalf of his client on a Motion For Summary Judgment in Bankruptcy Court). Mr. Cox is the author of many articles on Bankruptcy Court procedure and jurisdiction, as well as the author and CLE presenter on topics relating to director and officer liability for distressed entities and on topics relating to the tax problems commonly encountered by distressed entities.
Over the last 40 years, Mr. Cox has acted as lead counsel to creditors and debtors and Creditors' Committees in over a dozen cases reported in the Bankruptcy Reporter and the Federal Reporter, including two matters in the United States Supreme Court. He has been AV-rated for 30 years by Martindale-Hubbell, and he has been selected as an Oregon SuperLawyer in the field of Business Bankruptcy since 2014. He was in the initial group of attorneys selected in 1988 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as an expert in the field of Business Bankruptcy Law. He has obtained confirmation of over 15 reorganization plans for Chapter 11 Debtors, including a law firm, a warehouse company, an insurance brokerage, a restaurant chain, a rancher (reported at In Re Schoeneberg, 56 BR 963 (1993)), a real estate development company, and others. He has also represented creditors and debtors in adversary matters and appellate cases at every level of the federal system, (including In Re Norris, 70 F.3d 27 (5th Cir. 1995), and In Re Greenway, 71 F.3d 1177 (5th Cir 1996), cert denied). Mr. Cox is a member of the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar Debtor-Creditor Section, a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Bar Association for the District of Oregon, and a Mentor to new lawyer of the Oregon State Bar.
Mr. Cox and his wife of 34 years live in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood of Portland. He is an avid golfer, fly fisher, rafter/kayaker, and widely published wine critic, having formerly acted as the regular monthly wine columnist for Portland Monthly, Seattle Met, Southern Exposure, and the Austin American-Statesman. In 2004, he was one of three national nominees as America's Best Magazine Wine Writer by the James Beard Foundation for his work for dozens of wine publications worldwide.