Collin J. Cox
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.
Collin continues to be the youngest trial lawyer in Texas to receive band ranking recognition from Chambers USA in General Commercial Litigation, which reports in its 2020 Guide that he is considered "a go-to trial lawyer" who is "commercially very savvy and a strategic thinker." Collin's strong reputation also is reflected in his national role serving a second consecutive year on Law360's Trials Editorial Advisory Board.
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 on the Board of the Texas General Counsel Forum’s Houston Chapter, 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 three 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.
- GHP Nail Systems, LLC v. Benelux Cosmetics B.V. Obtained a $2.7 million jury verdict on counterclaims while defending Benelux, a Netherlands-based cosmetic distributor in a trial involving poor-quality gel nail polish manufactured by the plaintiff. We were hired four months before a three-week trial, after discovery and expert selection. We prevailed on all counterclaims and successfully defeated seven claims by GHP. The final award for our client included actual damages, penalty damages, and attorney fees.
- 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 (#21 U.S. verdict of 2017). Liability was affirmed on appeal but remanded for excessive damages.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Confidential Client. The firm successfully represented a major U.S. integrated oil and gas company in connection with fast-track arbitration over the correct sales price of Alaskan North Slope (ANS) crude oil supplied by our client. A favorable settlement that greatly improved our client’s contract position for the remainder of the agreement was reached just weeks before the arbitration was scheduled to begin, and the day before I was scheduled to take the deposition of our opponent’s CEO.
- Transcom Enhanced Service, Inc. v. Qwest Corporation. Represented Qwest in Fort Worth federal lawsuit relating to the use of Internet Protocol in long-distance telephone calls.
- Alewine et al. v. The City of Houston. Represented the City of Houston in an inverse-condemnation and nuisance case concerning expansions to Bush Houston Intercontinental Airport. After obtaining summary judgment for the City, presented the appellate argument to the Court of Appeals, Fourteenth District, in Houston. In 2010, the appellate court affirmed in full.
- ASARCO v. Augusta Resource, Inc. Represented Canadian mining company in adversary proceeding brought in Corpus Christi bankruptcy court concerning 20,000 acres of undeveloped land in the Santa Rita mountains. After an extensive discovery process involving dozens of fact and expert witnesses, the case settled favorably, just before Augusta’s summary judgment was decided.
- In re Dell Inc. Securities Litigation. Represented company in putative class action under Rule 10-b-5 in which plaintiffs sought over $40 billion in damages based on alleged misstatements in company’s financial reports over a four-year period. The case was dismissed on scienter and loss causation grounds. After the oral argument in the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the case settled favorably.
- Best Lawyers in America® in Commercial and Intellectual Property Litigation, 2016-2021
- Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers in Texas Commercial Litigation, 2015-2020
- "Texas Super Lawyer" in Business Litigation, Thomson Reuters, 2013-2020
- "Top 100 Super Lawyer" in Houston
- "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
- Member: Duke Law School Board of Visitors, 2017-2020
- Board Member: Texas General Counsel Forum, Houston Chapter, 2019-present
- Presidential Leadership Scholar, Fourth Annual Class, 2018
- Board Member: Houston Bar Association (Membership Committee Co-Chair, 2018- present; Minority Outreach Committee, 2019; AIDS Outreach Committee, 2018), 2019-2021
- Member: Law360 Trials Editorial Advisory Board, 2019-2021
- Chair Emeritus: Buffalo Bayou Partnership (Chairman, 2015-2016)
- Past Chairman: Texas Lyceum (Chairman, 2014)
- President: Baylor Alumni Association, 2013
- Board Member: UTHealth Development Board, 2015-present
- Member: Center for Houston’s Future, Spring 2011 Business/Civic Leadership Forum
- “Leader of Tomorrow,” the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
- Board of Directors: Da Camera of Houston
- Board of Directors: Houston Wilderness
- "Helping Clients Overcome Financial Hurdles Mid-Litigation," Law360, July 16, 2020 (co-author)
- "Nuisance - Trespass and Limitations Issues," 42nd Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course, 2019 (presenter)
- "Discovery of Damages in TCPA Cases," 32nd Annual Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course, 2019 (presenter and co-author)
- “Business Development, Marketing and Networking Strategies,” Practice Skills for Young Lawyers, Texas Young Lawyers Association of State Bar of Texas, March 2017 (panelist)
- Adjunct Professor (Wintersession), Hearings Practice, Duke Law School, 2017-2020
- "Commercial Litigation Trends in Texas," Financier Worldwide, November 2016
- "Trends in Commercial Litigation," State Bar 8th Annual Business Disputes Conference, September 2016 (presenter and co-author)
- "Trends in Commercial Litigation," Texas Center for the Judiciary, Civil Justice Conference, April 2016 (presenter and co-author)
- "Business Torts Update: Recent Trends and Developments in Eight Litigation Topics," State Bar of Texas, 37th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course, 2014 (co-author)
- "Success Strategies and Key Lessons for Young Lawyers," State Bar of Texas CLE Conference, Houston, Texas, February, 2014
- The Federal Law Update, the Harris County Judicial Education Conference, Houston, Texas, 2010
- “Reconsidering the Sham Affidavit Doctrine,”50 Duke L.J. 261, 2000
- 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