Collin J. Cox

O: 713.632.8069 | M: 832.722.2166 | 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.

Collin continues to be one of the youngest trial lawyers in Texas to receive band ranking recognition in commercial litigation from Chambers USA, in which clients have praised him as "a go-to trial lawyer" who is commercially savvy and a strategic thinker.

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.

Representative Experience
  • 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.
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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