"The Bankruptcy Law Guru"
Conde was for many years the regular monthly wine columnist and wine critic for Portland Monthly, Seattle Met, Northwest Palate, the Austin Chronicle, and the Austin American-Statesman. In 2004, he was one of three national James Beard Award nominees as America's Best Magazine Wine Writer. He is an avid golfer, wilderness hiker, fly fisherman, kayaker, rafter, and international traveler.
CONDE HAS VIGOROUSLY REPRESENTED THE INTERESTS OF HIS CLIENTS
FOR 4 DECADES IN FEDERAL COURTS NATIONWIDE, PARTICULARLY IN FEDERAL BANKRUPTCY COURTS
THE FOLLOWING IS A REPRESENTATIVE LISTING OF MR. COX'S CURRENT AND RECENT CLIENTS
(In federal Bankruptcy Courts and in federal District Courts)
Conde is a commercial and business dispute litigator, with deep experience in arcane federal bankruptcy court procedure. Conde expects all of his cases to be resolved by way of prompt and reasonable settlement. Indeed, Conde firmly believes that EVERY CASE FOR EVERY CLIENT should always settle reasonably quickly, so long as the lawyers on both sides are competent and so long as the clients on both sides are honest in their communications with their respective counsel. Cases that do not settle always involve, based on Conde's experience, either marginally competent counsel or a dishonest client or a lawyer more interested in billing his client than in resolving his clients' disputes and problems.
Conde has litigated and settled dozens of multi-million dollar disputes that are governed by the voidable transfer laws, (including the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act), are the Uniform Commercial Code. the Bankruptcy Code, the Lanham Act, the Convention on International Sales of Goods, and by other laws which are designed to identify which one(s) among of quarreling parties are entitled to the money.
Conde has been "AV" rated (the highest competency and ethical rating) by his peers in the Martindale-Hubbell national legal directory for 35 years. He has also been rated by his peers for the last decade as a "Super Lawyer" in the field of Business Bankruptcy.
Conde's recent creditor clients in bankruptcy cases, in threatened bankruptcy cases, and in fraudulent transfer asset recovery litigation, include Dell Computer, Canfor Pulp, AmeriCold Logistics, Zayo Group, KM Management, Hardin Interests, Keeton King Construction, Parker Development, Gould Electronics, Foundation of Human Understanding, Hershel Supply, and many other businesses based in the US, Europe, Canada, and Japan.
Conde graduated with honors in 1979 from the Law School at the University of Texas at Austin, after graduating Phi Beta Kappa with high honors in 1976 from SMU in Dallas. He completed a clerkship for a federal bankruptcy judge in Atlanta, then practiced in Austin at the law firm of Cox & Rodnick for nearly 20 years, representing debtors and creditors and asset buyers in every kind of bankruptcy case.
After moving from Austin to Southern Oregon's Rogue Valley in 2001, Mr. Cox severely limited his law practice for the first decade of the 21st century, in order to enjoy the mountains and rivers of the Pacific Northwest while fly-fishing and kayaking and rafting and hiking, and while taking on the role of wine critic at Portland Monthly and other magazines, receiving a James Beard Award nomination in 2004 as America's best wine writer.
In 2009, with the advent of the Great Recession, as a seasoned bankruptcy law specialist, Mr. Cox returned to full time law practice and joined one of Portland's established bankruptcy law firms., then known as Greene & Markley.
Since January 2016, Conde has practiced in his own solo office, known as the Law Office of Conde Cox (and also known as "The Bankruptcy Law Guru"), located in the same building as the Portland Bankruptcy Court, Conde represents all parties affected by bankruptcy filings, including in Bankruptcy Court adversary proceedings. He has limited his practice in recent years to the representation former clients, to new clients referred by Mr. Cox's existing/former clients or by other counsel previously known to Mr. Cox, and to matters involving novel or complex legal issues of particular interest to Mr. Cox (as he may determine from time to time in his sole discretion).
Conde was in the initial group of attorneys in 1988 that were the first to be certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as experts in the field of Business Bankruptcy Law. He has served for many years as a member of the Local Rules Committee for the Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Oregon, and he has been a long-standing member of the Board of Directors for the Federal Bar Association-Oregon Chapter, currently serving as the FBA Vice President.
Conde has obtained confirmation, as Debtor's counsel, of over 15 reorganization plans for his clients as Chapter 11 Debtors, including a law firm, a warehouse company, an insurance agency, a restaurant chain, a rancher (reported at In Re Schoeneberg, 56 BR 963 (1993)(plan confirmed over objection from the Farm Credit Bank), real estate development companies, office and apartment building partnerships, a marine construction company, and homebuilders in Texas and in Oregon. He has also represented creditors and debtors in complex precedent-setting adversary matters and in appellate matters at every level of the federal judiciary, including In Re Ameriflex Engineering, 587 B.R. 108 (Bankr.D.Ore., 2018) aff'd (D.Ore), In Re Norris, (First National Bank of Luling v. Dr. Norris), 70 F.3d 27 (5th Cir. 1995), and In Re Greenway (Boyce v. Greenway), 71 F.3d 1177 (5th Cir 1996), cert denied by U.S. Supreme Court, (the result of which led to congressional amendment to Bankruptcy Code Section 523(a)(9)).
Conde is also a regular speaker at CLE events sponsored by the Oregon Bar and by the Federal Bar Association, and he has authored many published articles relating to Bankruptcy Courts' jurisdiction and their unique rules of procedure, including a recent 2019 article in the national FBA Federal Lawyer magazine, entitled Bankruptcy Court Subject Matter Jurisdiction: Assessing the Limits of the Judicial Power of Article I Courts.