Christopher J. Cox

Christopher J. Cox

Silicon Valley

Email chris.cox@​

Phone +1 650 463 4078

Fax +1 650 463 4199

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

"Christopher Cox is very good on his feet, a great writer, thrives in a courtroom, and will not back down from a fight. He is the complete package."

Legal 500 US

Chris Cox has spent more than 25 years litigating matters in state and federal courts in California and throughout the country. He has decades of experience working with tech companies from Silicon Valley to Asia. His litigation experience involving complex technologies enables him to serve clients across a broad range of industries. Clients have recognized Chris for his leadership in mentoring and developing associates by forging teams that deliver superior results.

With an emphasis on trade secret and patent litigation, his experience covers the full spectrum of technologies – flash memory, optoelectronics, optical discs, computer storage and processing, electronic design automation, internet communications, telecommunications hardware and software, circuit simulation, software encryption, medical devices, and other products – making him stand out in his field. He also counsels both domestic and international clients on a wide variety of intellectual property, employment, commercial disputes, and other litigation matters. Legal 500 has recognized him for "his subject matter expertise along with an understanding of technology, litigation strategy, crisis management, forensics, success handling large, multi-jurisdictional disputes."

Chris has extensive proficiency with the intersection of trade secret and employee mobility issues, including those arising under California Business and Professions Code 16600. He regularly counsels clients on protecting confidential information and conducting internal investigations to manage and protect intellectual property.

Awards and recognitions


Silicon Valley Litigation Star (General Commercial & Intellectual Property)
Benchmark Litigation

2013, 2015-2018

IP: Trade Secrets (Litigation and Non-Contentious Matters)
Legal 500 US


Labor and Employment Disputes (Including Collective Actions): Defense
Legal 500 US


Dispute Resolution: General Commercial Disputes
Legal 500 US

Education and admissions


J.D., Western New England College School of Law, 1990

B.A., State University of New York at Albany, 1985

Bar admissions and qualifications


Court admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas

U.S. Supreme Court

Representative experience

DVD Copy Control Association v. Bunner – counsel for plaintiff in trade secret litigation involving DVD technology.

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

Trade Secret Tips for Strategic Buyers Today's General Counsel

Sponsorships and Speaking Engagements

The Rising Value of Trade Secrets in the DTSA Landscape

Published Works

Drafting BYOD Policies Today's General Counsel

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