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. He moved to Southern Oregon in 2001 to facilitate his kayaking and fly-fishing habits. While representing nationally over the last 28 years the interests of a single group of related companies controlled by a single client, Mr. Cox has lived in both the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon and in Portland. Since 2016, Mr. Cox has accepted representation of other clients in a variety of business litigation matters in federal courts and is based now in downtown Portland, Oregon.
Currently (as of April 2018) 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 & Paper Sales (a large British Columbia-based publicly-traded company) as a creditor in litigation with the affiliates of the 130-year old failed West Linn Paper Mill in federal District Court in Portland involving complex UCC issues that will determine ownership of millions of dollars in stored wood pulp products, the oppressed minority owner of a Medford-based boat manufacturer that sought Chapter 11 protection to prevent Mr.Cox's client from realizing on a favorable multi-million dollar arbitration award (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 also counsel to charitable entities and their principals financial distress and both informal and formal (Chapter 11) restructuring, including recent representation of an individual principal affected by the financial distress and dissolution of the Portland Marathon non-profit entity.
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. 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 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 writings in dozens of wine publications worldwide.