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 large and small businesses in various kinds of litigation and transactions, and in bankruptcy cases as creditors and debtors and landlords and asset buyers. Since 2001, Mr. Cox has lived in both the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon and in Portland. His practice in federal court and especially bankruptcy courts has been national in scope, representing creditors, debtors, lenders, landlords, asset buyers, investors, and insiders in federal courts in across the country.
Most recently and currently Mr. Cox represents west coast landlords in the American Apparel bankruptcy in Delaware, investors in life insurance settlements in the Life Partners bankruptcy in Ft. Worth, the spouse of the principal owner of Chapter 11 Debtor Peak Web in Portland, a Canada-based major supplier and major creditor of one of Apple's largest wholesalers that was forced involuntarily into Chapter 11 in Portland, and the management buyout team for the largest operating company owned by the receiver for Aequitas Investments in its Portland federal court SEC Receivership. He also represents the Plaintiffs in a major trademark infringement case filed in federal court in Medford against Time, Inc.
He 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 for 2015, 2016, and 2017 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.
Mr. Cox is comfortable and experienced in protecting the interests of his clients in every kind of business dispute, including trademark infringement governed by the Lanham Act, international sales transactions governed by the UN Convention on International Sales of Goods, buy-sell disputes among owners of closely-held companies, asset purchase procedures in receivership proceedings and Chapter 11 cases, spouses in separations and divorce that are threatened by the financial obligations and distress of their ex's, and creditors/landords/investors affected by large national Chapter 11 cases that typically involve stock for debt plans and complex lease assumption/rejection procedures.
Mr. Cox is regularly retained by insurance defense counsel as an expert witness in legal malpractice cases, especially when the prior handling by other attorneys of bankruptcy and reorganization cases has been questioned by their former clients.
Mr. Cox and his wife of 33 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.