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 in national bankruptcy filings 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, and now practices in his own office located in the same building as the Oregon Bankruptcy Court.
Recent representative clients include: Dell Computer (as creditor in failed ISP bankruptcy), 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 boat manufacturer (in subordination litigation), large judgment creditors in various business bankruptcy cases filed in Portland, Eugene, and San Diego, (involving complex bankruptcy court procedures required to maximize collection).
Over the last 40 years, Mr. Cox has acted as lead counsel to creditors and debtors and Creditors' Committees in over a dozen cases that have been reported in the Bankruptcy Reporter and the Federal Reporter, including two matters in the United States Supreme Court. He has been AV-rated for over 30 years by Martindale-Hubbell, and he has been selected as an Oregon SuperLawyer every year in the field of Business Bankruptcy since 2014. He was in the initial group of attorneys in 1988 that were certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as 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 in the Oregon State Bar Mentor program.
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.