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 landlords 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 formerly practiced in an Of Counsel capacity with at a downtown Portland, Oregon law firm specializing in Chapter 11 cases. He is now a solo practitioner in offices located in the same building as the Oregon federal Bankruptcy Court.
Recent representative clients include: Dell Computer (as creditor of a failed ISP), Canfor Pulp (as a creditor of a failed paper mill), the principal of the failed Portland Marathon charitable entity, a former owner of a boat manufacturer in Chapter 11 (in subordination litigation), large judgment creditors and landlords in various business bankruptcy cases filed in Portland, Eugene, Delaware, New York, Houston, and San Diego.
Over the last 40 years, Mr. Cox has acted as lead counsel to creditors and debtors and Creditors' Committees and business owners 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)), real estate development companies and homebuilders. He has also represented creditors and debtors in complex precedent-setting adversary matters and appellate cases at every level of the federal system, (including In Re Ameriflex Engineering, 587 B.R. 108 (Bankr.D.Ore., 2018), In Re Norris, 70 F.3d 27 (5th Cir. 1995), and In Re Greenway, 71 F.3d 1177 (5th Cir 1996), cert denied (resulting in amendment to the applicable federal statutes).
Mr. Cox was formerly 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. He has recently given presentations to the Oregon Bar on debtor-creditor law topics at CLE programs and is the author of many bar journal articles on topics relating to federal court litigation and jurisdiction, including a recent 2018 article regarding federal court jurisdiction in the national FBA Federal Lawyer magazine.
Mr. Cox and his wife of 36 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 been for many years a regular wine columnist and wine writer for Portland Monthly, Seattle Met, Southern Exposure, Northwest Palate, Practical Winery & Vineyard, and the Austin American-Statesman. In 2004, he was one of three national James Beard Award nominees as America's Best Magazine Wine Writer.