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About Joe

Judge Joe Cox has experience in jury trial, bench trial and appellate matters, representing clients in complex financial and commercial disputes, shareholder derivative suits, class actions, oil and gas disputes, class actions, product liability, personal injury litigation, real estate litigation, fraud and issues stemming from creditors’ rights. Joe is board certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

He has represented clients in a variety of industries and issues, including shareholder derivative disputes, class actions, oil and gas disputes involving drilling and operating; Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA) violations; lender liability; real estate issues such as restrictive covenants; theft of trade secrets; notes and guarantees; stock options and ownership; labor and employment issues; environmental concerns; family law; mechanics and materialmen’s licenses; sequestration and repossession of collateral and destruction of collateral; unfair debt collection practices; wrongful eviction; medical malpractice and wrongful death; breach of contract, noncompete agreements and leases.

Joe served as a judge in the 160th Judicial District Court of the State of Texas from 2002 to 2006, presiding over 84 jury trials, bench trials and thousands of hearings.


Recent Notable Matters

In re SEC v. Arcturus Corporation et al, No. 17-10503 (5th Cir. 2019) — Retained by promoter of oil and gas ventures after trial court granted summary judgment in favor of the SEC for appeal to the Fifth Circuit. The SEC alleged this was not a joint venture, rather a security, and since the promoters were not licensed brokers, had a per se violation of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 and were liable for disgorgement and civil penalties. In a unanimous decision, the Court reversed the summary judgment and sent back to the district court for trial.

Saudi Arabian investor — oil and gas dispute regarding best efforts in drilling for oil in Jordan

Drilling firm — dispute over costs to build a platform and production line in the Gulf of Mexico

Closely held company — derivative action filed against it by its former founder

Investment firm — dispute over ownership rights to real property after foreclosure

American Arbitration Association — arbitrator in numerous matters and other arbitration forums

Court-appointed receiver — served as court-appointed receiver over a business enterprise

Court-appointed special master — served as court-appointed special master over a large product liability case

Publications and Speeches

“Supreme Court of Texas Update,” Texas Bar’s Advanced Civil Trial Seminar, July 2016 (San Antonio), August 2016 (Dallas), October 2016 (Houston).

"Candor with the Court: No Better Way to Proceed," Headnotes, Dallas Bar Association, September 2013.

"Arbitration for Dummies," Law 360, November 2013.

"Judicial and Governmental Perspectives on Appellate Practice," 5th Annual Appellate Corporate Counsel Seminar, July 2012.



The University of Texas School of Law,
with honors
University of Notre Dame,
B.B.A., Finance
magna cum laude

Bar Admissions



Board Certified, Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization


Racing for Sight benefitting the Retina Foundation of the Southwest
Chair, 2017, 2013
Retina Foundation of the Southwest
Board of Directors, 2013 - 2017
Dallas Summer Musicals
Board of Directors, 2011 - 2017
Dallas Bar Association
Board of Directors, 2005 - 2008
Dallas Bar Association Business Litigation Section
Former Chair; Co-Chair; Council Member
Dallas Young Lawyers Association Foundation
Board of Directors, 2004 - 2006
Dallas Bar Association Trial Skills Section
Chair, 2003 - 2006
Christ the King School Advisory Board
President, 2008 - 2009; Vice President, 2007 - 2008; Secretary, 2006 - 2007
MDA/ALS Annual Auction
Chair, 2009 - 2010
2010 LIVESTRONG Event for Patton Boggs
Chair, 2010
DBA Bench Bar Conference
Co-Chair, 2005
Texas Access to Justice Commission, Resource Development Committee




Woodward/White, Inc.
Best Lawyers
Commercial Litigation, 2010 - 2021
Thomson Reuters
Texas Super Lawyers
2015 - 2018
DAYL Foundation
Award of Excellence, 2010
Dallas Bar Association
Pro Bono Awards
Outstanding Judiciary Support, 2003
The University of Texas School of Law
Permanent Class President, Class of 1990
University of Notre Dame
Bengal Bouts Boxing, 1984 - 1987
University of Notre Dame
Dedication Award, 1987


Past Events