Collin J. Cox

713.632.8069 | Houston, Texas
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Professional Summary

Collin is a business trial lawyer who represents plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes commercial cases. He has been a lead trial lawyer in computer software trade secrets cases, several actions related to the Bernard L. Madoff fraud, royalty disputes, patent litigation, and other business crisis situations. In each of his representations, Collin prides himself on his ability to get to the heart of a complex matter, making everything as simple as possible, but not simpler (to quote Einstein), to tell a winning story to a jury or judge.

For the third year in a row, Collin is the youngest trial lawyer in Texas to receive an official ranking from Chambers USA in General Commercial Litigation. Chambers 2018 reports on his reputation for impressive performance in trials and his offering of “particular expertise in the financial services, software and energy industries.”

In 2018, Collin was one of 59 Americans selected as a Presidential Leadership Scholar, completing a year-long leadership curriculum centered around four presidential administrations. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Houston Bar Association, UTHealth Development, Houston Wilderness, and Da Camera of Houston. He chaired three major nonprofit boards before turning 40, including the Buffalo Bayou Partnership and the Texas Lyceum, the pre-eminent leadership organization for Texans younger than 45. He also is involved with the Texas General Counsel Forum, which focuses on best legal practices for in-house counsel.

Collin maintains a close connection to Duke Law School, serving on its Board of Visitors and on its Adjunct Faculty, teaching a class on Hearings Practice each of the last two years. Collin is named in Best Lawyers in America® for commercial and intellectual property litigation and is noted as a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters and a “Houston Top Lawyer” by H Magazine. In 2012, he was recognized as the Woodrow B. Seals Outstanding Young Lawyer in Houston.

Prior to joining the firm, Collin practiced with Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C., and was a law clerk for the Honorable Anthony J. Scirica, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in Philadelphia.

Collin and his wife, Jacquelyn, have three children.

Representative Experience
  • Ruben Rodriguez v. Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. Secured a complete dismissal of a breach of contract claim brought against client Helmerich & Payne by a subcontract employee who allegedly was injured on an H&P rig located on Encana’s property. Granting our motion to dismiss, the Court held that the plaintiff could not establish he was a third-party beneficiary of his daywork drilling contract where he only pleaded that he received incidental benefits from H&P’s obligations under the contract.
  • Sanchez v. Noble Energy. Secured dismissal of a nuisance and personal injury lawsuit brought against Noble Energy in Texas state court involving an alleged accident that occurred in Colorado. After briefing and argument, the court granted our motion to dismiss for forum non conveniens, dismissing the lawsuit with prejudice.
  • Joseph Hardesty, et al. v. County of Sacramento  Helped secure a unanimous $107 million federal jury trial win (after five weeks of testimony) for two mining families in California. Plaintiffs alleged that the County of Sacramento violated their procedural and substantive due process rights by improperly shutting down a sand-gravel mine at the urging of a large competitor (Top 100 U.S. verdict of 2017).
  • Business Logic Holding Corporation v. Morningstar et al.  In a complex case involving financial software in the retirement sector, first-chaired a trial team that secured a $61 million cash recovery that represented 95% maximum claimed damages by our client, Business Logic. Reached the last business day before jury selection, the agreement is the 9th largest disclosed trade-secrets settlement in the U.S.  Also argued summary judgment, which preserved our misappropriation and breach-of-contract claims and disposed of Morningstar's counterclaim against our client.
  • Polyzen, Inc. v. RadiaDyne, L.L.C. First-chaired a defense victory in a four-day jury trial in Raleigh representing defendant RadiaDyne, the designer of balloons used in prostate cancer therapy. Before trial, the court dismissed all patent claims brought by the plaintiff, a manufacturer of medical balloons. At trial, the jury unanimously found for our client on plaintiff’s trade secret claim and its claim for unpurchased inventory. The jury also found that plaintiff breached the relevant contract, competed unfairly with our client, and failed to return tooling paid for by RadiaDyne. After a seven-year journey, the case resulted in a judgment for monetary damages for RadiaDyne, which has since been affirmed by the Federal Circuit.
  • Fulcrum Credit Partners LLC v. Strategic Capital Resources, Inc.  In a collapsed sale for bankruptcy claims, first-chaired a four-day breach of contract action in Austin federal court to a unanimous jury verdict for our client.  The ultimate award was just shy of $2 million, giving Fulcrum its full measure of lost contract damages and its attorney fees.  The verdict was named one of the top 15 Texas contract verdicts for 2011 by VerdictSearch.
Professional Honors & Affiliations
  • Best Lawyers in America® in Commercial and Intellectual Property Litigation, 2016-2019
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers in Texas Commercial Litigation, 2015-2018
  • "Texas Super Lawyer" in Business Litigation, Thomson Reuters, 2013-2018
  • "Houston Top Lawyer" in Business Litigation, H Magazine
  • "Texas Rising Star," by Thomson Reuters, 2008-2013
  • 2012 Woodrow B. Seals Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Outstanding Young Alumnus of Baylor University, 2008
Presentations & Publications
Education & Professional Background
  • Duke University, J.D., summa cum laude, 2001 (Order of the Coif,
    Editor-in-Chief, 2000-2001, Duke Law Journal)
  • University of Cambridge, M.Phil., First Class Honors, 1999
  • Baylor University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1997 (Phi Beta Kappa, Outstanding Graduate, College of Arts & Sciences, Student Body President, Permanent Class President)
  • Law Clerk to The Hon. Anthony J. Scirica, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2001-2002
  • Temple Bar Scholar
  • Admitted to Practice: Texas, 2001, District of Columbia, 2003, New York, 2015