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 vast experience in the energy and financial services sectors, but his practice is broader than that. Collin has been a lead trial lawyer in computer software trade secrets cases in Chicago and Austin, several actions related to the Bernard L. Madoff fraud, a nine-figure lawsuit involving a patent portfolio in New York, and numerous oil-patch disputes.

In 2016, Collin became the youngest trial lawyer in Texas to receive an official ranking from Chambers USA in General Commercial Litigation. Chambers 2016 described him as a “versatile junior partner with a solid base of experience in a range of disputes.”

Recognized in 2012 as the Woodrow B. Seals Outstanding Young Lawyer in Houston, Collin has represented entities and individuals in criminal and regulatory investigations, RICO litigation, antitrust, products liability, First Amendment litigation, and other 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.

Collin has strong ties to both the Houston and professional community. He currently serves as a Board Member with UTHealth Development 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 under the age of 45. Collin also is involved with the Texas General Counsel Forum, which focuses on best legal practices for in-house counsel. He is named in Best Lawyers in America® for intellectual property litigation and noted as a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters and a “Houston Top Lawyer” by H Magazine. And he has served on the Adjunct Faculty at Duke Law School, teaching a class on Hearings Practice.

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
  • Joseph Hardesty, et al. Helped secure a unanimous $105 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.
  • 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 represents 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.
  • Confidential Client  Represented a major Indonesian palm oil conglomerate in a dispute with a Texas-based energy company alleging fiduciary, fraud, and other claims arising out of a failed venture to market biodiesel in the U.S.  Our client faced counterclaim liability in the hundreds of millions based on allegations that it had breached an unwritten agreement to provide palm oil feedstock for marketing as biodiesel.  The case settled favorably on the eve of trial, with no money being paid by our client.
  • 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.
  • Berge Helene v. GE Oil & Gas  Conducted five-week bench trial in Houston federal court resulting in a take-nothing judgment on behalf of GE Oil & Gas in a $52 million claim for breach of warranty and fraud.  During trial, cross-examined six executives presented by plaintiffs and plaintiff’s expert metallurgist, then conducted direct examinations of GE fact witnesses and experts.
  • Neon v. IBM Assisted in the defense of IBM Corporation in an antitrust lawsuit, including by taking ten depositions on IBM’s behalf.  Days before trial was to commence, Neon agreed to a permanent injunction by which it would no longer sell the mainframe software at issue in the litigation.  No money exchanged hands between parties.
Professional Honors & Affiliations
  • Best Lawyers in America® in Intellectual Property Litigation, 2016-2017
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers in Texas Commercial Litigation, 2015-2016
  • "Texas Super Lawyer" in Business Litigation, Thomson Reuters, 2013-2016
  • "Houston Top Lawyer" in Business Litigation, H Magazine, 2015
  • "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
  • Adjunct Professor (Wintersession), Hearings Practice, Duke Law School, 2017
  • "Commercial Litigation Trends in Texas," Financier Worldwide, November 2016  
  • "Trends in Commercial Litigation," State Bar 8th Annual Business Disputes Conference (presenter and co-author), September 2016
  • "Trends in Commercial Litigation," Texas Center for the Judiciary, Civil Justice Conference (presenter and co-author), April 2016
  • "Business Torts Update: Recent Trends and Developments in Eight Litigation Topics," State Bar of Texas, 37th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course (co-author), 2014
  • Success Strategies and Key Lessons for Young Lawyers, State Bar of Texas CLE Conference, Houston, Texas, February, 2014
Education & Professional Background
  • Duke University, J.D., summa cum laude, 2001 (Order of the Coif, Editor-in-Chief, 2000-01, Duke Law Journal)
  • University of Cambridge, M.Phil. 1999, First Class Honors
  • Baylor University, B.A., 1997, magna cum laude, (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