Stephen T. Cox
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1966
University of California at Berkeley, B.A., 1963
- Class Actions
- Complex Business Litigation
- Massive tort and Personal Injury
- Wrongful Death
- Product Liability
- Wrongful Termination
For almost 40 years, Steve Cox has successfully tried and settled hundreds of cases and arbitrations for injured plaintiffs in federal and state courts in California, Nevada, Colorado, Florida, and Hawaii. He has obtained positive results in cases involving all areas of personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, class action, and commercial litigation, earning the respect of both friend and foe. He was elected by his peers to the American Board of Trial Advocates in 1979 and to the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1984, both in his first year of eligibility. He has earned his reputation as one of the finest plaintiff’s lawyers in the state of California and recently was recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by San Francisco Magazine.
Mr. Cox has prosecuted a wide variety of cases, including those against drug makers for injuries caused by oral contraceptives and Dalkon Shield IUDs. He represented thousands of veterans exposed to Agent Orange in Viet Nam. He earned $55 million in a class action settlement for California credit card holders as the result of interest rate price fixing by large California banks. In Hawaii, he was brought in by local counsel in 1995 to help try a product liability case against DuPont on behalf of local growers for injuries to orchid and other ornamental plants as a result the use of Benlate, a DuPont agricultural chemical. In that case, he obtained a verdict for $24 million against DuPont, then the largest verdict of its kind in Hawaii.
Following that verdict, Mr. Cox represented several Hawaii growers against DuPont in cases involving fraudulent inducement to settle and RICO claims, based on DuPont’s concealing damaging analytical chemistry results. After arguing and winning three separate appeals to the 9th Circuit, and one to the Hawaii Supreme Court, the cases finally reached trial. After seven years of contentious litigation, a multi-million dollar settlement was achieved on the court house steps. See, Living Designs Inc. v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company, 431 F.3d 353 (9th Cir. 2005).
Between 1998 and 2001, Mr. Cox obtained in excess of $15 million in settlements on behalf of cities, counties and water districts as a result of ground water contamination against Dow, Occidental, and Shell Chemical companies due to a defective agricultural chemical used throughout the central valley of California. Recently, he obtained a $1.5 million settlement on behalf of a three-year-old girl for thallium poisoning coming from a contaminated landfill in Camp Pendleton, California.
- Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (since 1984)
- American Board of Trial Advocates (since 1974)
- Recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers Magazine
- San Francisco Bar Association, Member
- Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Member