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