Joseph M. Cox


  • Joseph M. Cox
  • Phone: +1 214 257 7252

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    100 Crescent Court, Suite 1200
    Dallas, TX 75201

Joseph M. Cox has a broad practice representing both individuals and companies in a wide range of litigation. His clients operate in a wide array of industries, including oil and gas, real estate, restaurants, retail, finance and commercial interests, for whom he handles disputes pertaining to commercial, shareholder derivative, theft of trade secrets, government investigations and enforcement matters, product liability and personal injury matters. He also has a substantial track record working with clients in disputes arising through partnerships, SPACs and joint ventures. Additionally, Mr. Cox works with clients dealing with non-compete issues, fraud and breach of contract matters, unfair debt collection practices, violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, ownership of stock options, guarantees and sequestration, repossession and destruction of collateral.

Mr. Cox served as a judge in the 160th Judicial District Court from 2002-2006, during which time he presided over close to 100 jury trials, 30 bench trials and thousands of hearings; in that time and since, he has compiled a long and illustrious record of pro bono and community service.  Mr. Cox took his B.A., magna cum laude, from The University of Notre Dame, and his J.D., with honors, from The University of Texas School of Law.


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  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1990
  • University of Notre Dame, B.B.A., Finance, magna cum laude, 1987


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2023-present
  • Bracewell LLP
    - Partner, 2012-2023
  • Patton Boggs LLP
    - Partner, 2007-2012
  • State of Texas, 160th Judicial District Court
    - Judge, 2002-2006
  • Hughes & Luce, LLP
    - 1990-2002; 2006-2007

Professional Activities

  • Board Certified, Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization (2005-present)
  • Dallas Bar Association
    - Business Litigaton Section
    -- Chair, 2008
    -- Vice-Chair, 2007
    -- Council Member, 2004-present
    - Trial Skills Section
    -- Council Member, 2003-present
    - Co-chair, Bench Bar Conference, 2005
    - Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity Project
  • Dallas Young Lawyers Association Foundation
    - Board of Directors, 2004-2006

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2011-present

  • Texas Super Lawyers

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Dallas Educational Endowment Trust Fund for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas
    - Board Member, 2014-present
  • Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program
    - Attorney Volunteer, 1991-2001; 2006-present
    - Judicial Volunteer, 2002-2005
  • Legal Services of North Texas
    - Attorney Volunteer, 1991-2001; 2006-present
  • Christ the King Catholic Church
    - Eucharistic Minister, 1998-present
  • Recipient, DAYL Foundation Award of Excellence, 2010
  • Retina Foundation for the Southwest
    - Board Member, 2013-2019
    - Chair, Racing for Sight, 2013

Selected Publications

  • “Arbitration for Dummies,” Law360, November 2013

  • “Candor with the Court: No Better Way to Proceed,” Headnotes, Dallas Bar Association, September 2013

Selected Speaking Engagements

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