Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Trey Cox specializes in
courtroom fights between businesses. His jury trial experience and
courtroom success have earned him the distinction of being Board
Certified as a Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
Trey represents Fortune 500 corporations, entrepreneurs and leading
firms in a wide array of industries. "We have built our firm on a
singular pursuit of courtroom excellence in the service of our clients,”
Unlike many litigators, Trey has tried dozens of cases and knows how
to prepare a case efficiently for trial, which makes for a competitive
advantage that puts the client in the position to evaluate the case
accurately and get the best results possible.
In the last two years, Trey has tried ten different cases to verdict. Here are descriptions of a few of those trials.
In 2010, Trey obtained a multi-million dollar arbitration award for two executives on their breach of contract claims.
Also in 2010, Trey secured a take nothing verdict for a real-estate
developer accused of unjust enrichment. After a week-long trial, the
jury returned a verdict in favor of Mr. Cox's client.
In 2009, Trey obtained a verdict for Mary Kay Inc. in a trademark
infringement case. The jury found in favor of Mary Kay, found the
violations willful and forfeited all of Defendant's profits.
In July 2007, Trey obtained a jury verdict for a real estate investor in a fraud and breach of contract lawsuit that centered on an oral agreement.
In late 2006, Trey won a hard-earned take-nothing jury verdict
in one of the nation's first nuisance lawsuits against a wind energy
development. Jurors in the closely watched trial found that Juno Beach,
Fla. based FPL Energy LLC did not create a private nuisance when it
constructed the Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center, the world's largest
In 2004, Trey successfully defended a client in a two week breach of
contract jury trial in Dallas County that culminated in a take-nothing
judgment for the plaintiff.
What Clients Say
"Trey Cox is one of those lawyers who can seize the moment and not
necessarily need weeks and months to get prepared. One time, Trey
represented us in West Texas when our $300 million wind-based electric
generation project was threatened with a court-imposed shutdown. Trey
went to work with virtually no advance notice. Over the course of a
hearing that spanned several days, Trey handled more than a dozen
witnesses. When testimony was completed, Trey convinced the judge to
immediately rule in our favor. It was a complete victory and we have
Trey to thank."
--David K. Markarian, Senior Counsel, Florida Power & Light
"Like all clients, I'm interested in results. Trey Cox and Jason
Denis delivered. To say mine was a difficult case is an understatement.
My $3,000,000 lawsuit involved a real estate development based on an
oral contract. Other attorneys would have run from a challenge and trial
like this, but Trey attacked the challenge. He is a formidable presence
before the jury, with a masterful command of the facts and courtroom
skills." --Russell Alexander, plaintiff in the lawsuit, Alexander v. Dalton
"I'm a General Counsel now
but previously, I've worked at outside law firms on litigation and
corporate matters. You could say that I've seen it all. What impresses
me most about Trey Cox is his responsiveness, service and attention to
detail. First Broadcasting is a fast-moving company. The marketplace in
which we compete demands quick action and strategic thinking. Trey is a
partner in that process and in sync with us virtually every step of the
--Hal A. Rose, General Counsel, First Broadcasting Investment Partners, LLC
Trey has published numerous law journal articles and has appeared as a
lecturer on many bar association and law school continuing legal
"The Courtroom As A Short-Attention Span Theater," The National Law Journal, 2009.
"Using Demonstrative Evidence to Win," Trial Practice Journal, American Bar Association, 2008.
"In Closing: Strategies for Creating and Arming Friendly Jurors in The Closing Argument," Texas Bar Journal, April 2008.
In 2007,Trey co-authored "Triple-Threat Discovery Forms," a
strategically interwoven collection of legal tools and resources
designed to help attorneys gain an upper hand in litigation before
entering the courtroom.
"In Defense of the Wind, Legal Challenges Facing Wind Power can be a Breeze with Proper Planning," a
white paper analyzing legal challenges facing wind farm
developments.Trey presented the white paper at the American Wind Energy
Association's June 2007 international conference in Los Angeles and again at the 2008 International Conference in Houston. "Texas Wind Energy Will Be Breath of Fresh Air," guest commentary written by Trey Cox published by The Amarillo Globe-News July 15, 2007.
Presentations and Teaching Engagements
Trey serves on the faculty of
Southern Methodist University Law School and the National Institute for
Trial Advocacy. He has lectured throughout the country, and authored
numerous legal articles, white papers, and books. Some representative
articles and presentations include:
Trey Cox's September 2007 article on
wind energy development strategies published in the international wind
energy trade magazine, Windtech International.
"Closing Argument - Arming Friendly Jurors With the Weapons to Fight
for a Favorable Verdict," presented May 2004 at University of Houston
Law Center – Litigation and Trial Tactics Seminars in Houston and
"Cross Examination to Impeach: Can You Handle the Truth?," presented
at University of Houston Law Center seminar in Dallas, February 2006.
"How to Offer and Exclude Evidence Seminar," February 2006, Dallas.
"Issues in a Civil Fraud Case," presented at Dallas Association of Certified Fraud Examiners fraud seminar May 2003.
"The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 From a Litigation Perspective," presented at DFW Texchange seminar, October 2002.
Trey received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Washington & Lee
University and his law degree from the University of Virginia, with
Trey is admitted to the State Bars of Texas and Georgia. He has
litigated or tried cases all over Texas and arbitrated cases all over
the country from San Francisco to Kansas City to Washington, D.C. In
addition, he is admitted to practice before the United States Court of
Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, U.S. District Court for the Northern,
Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas, as well as the Northern
District of Georgia.
Born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1970, Trey graduated from Washington
& Lee University, magna cum laude, having been named the Wilkinson
Scholar, a member of Phi Beta Kappa as well as Omicron Delta Kappa and
awarded the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award by the faculty. In 1995, he
received his law degree from the University of Virginia, where he served
as the Executive Editor of the Journal of Law & Politics. After
serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Jacques L. Wiener, Jr. of the
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, he began his
practice in Atlanta, Georgia, with King & Spalding, representing
Fortune 500 clients at both the trial and appellate court levels. Trey
joined Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox, LLP in 1997.
Trey is married to Erin Nealy Cox, the head of the digital forensic
firm Stroz Friedberg's Dallas office, and is the proud father of three girls, Amelia, Cate, and Vivian.. Trey gives generously of
his time to the community as a Board Member of Girls, Inc., a division
of the United Way.