Bill Cobb

“Some people are satisfied with the status quo. I have always wanted to build a better mousetrap.”

512.693.7570
bill@cobbxcounsel.com

Are you looking for a lawyer with experience at the highest levels of Texas government—who has worked for the regulator and been on the other side?  What about a lawyer that has worked in a regulated industry—who can appreciate your business imperatives and budgetary constraints? Then look no further.

As Texas Deputy Attorney General for Civil Litigation, I was responsible for initiating, approving, negotiating, and settling investigations for violations of Texas Antitrust, Consumer Protection, and Civil Medicaid Fraud laws. I also represented Texas state agencies in litigation to enforce Texas environmental, health & safety, and tax laws.

As Senior Regulatory Counsel for a telecommunications company, I was responsible for litigating rates and access to new markets in 13 states—with an insignificant outside counsel budget. I know first-hand that regulatory action can derail a business model, and that you have finite resources to ensure against that.

Fighting in the trenches and directing the troops on both sides of the battlefield has given me the experience, insight, and perspective to safely guide your company through the fog of regulatory war.

 

Bill’s Greatest Hits

 

Most Historic:
Lead Counsel for Texas in 26-State Challenge to the ACA (ObamaCare)

Best Perk:
Dinner with Warren Buffett (while working for client Berkshire Hathaway)

Hardest Settlement:
Settlement against BP for Clean Air Act violations

Hardest Day in Court:
Jury verdict in class action re homeowners insurance

Best Settlement:
Settlement against J&J/Janssen for Medicaid Fraud – Risperdal Pricing

Most Fun:
Lead Counsel in class action against Texas A&M 12th Man Foundation

Hardest Argument:
D.C. Circuit – EPA Mercury and Air Toxics Standards Rules

Best Recovery:
Drinking a coal-filled glass of water in court to demonstrate its safety

Best Argument:
5th Circuit – TCEQ / EPA Flexible Permit Rule

Best Day in Court:
Securing a TRO for Cobb & Counsel’s 1st client on our 1st day in business

 

Education

B.A., University of Pennsylvania (1993)

American Government/International Relations

J.D., Northwestern University School of Law (1996)

Articles Editor, Northwestern University Law Review

Experience

Office of the Attorney General (2009-2012)

Special Assistant and Senior Counsel to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott
Deputy Attorney General for Civil Litigation

Jackson Walker (2004-2009, 2012-2014)

Litigation Partner

Covad Communications Company (2002-2004)

Senior Regulatory Counsel

Vinson & Elkins (1997-2002)

Litigation Associate

Supreme Court of Texas (1996-1997)

Briefing Attorney for Chief Justice Thomas R. Phillips

Admissions

  • Texas, 1996
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida

Cobb is an “expert legal tactician and successful litigator.”

Greg Abbott
Governor of Texas

Friendly folks, yet fierce litigators. We are always confident with Cobb & Counsel in our corner.”

Chris Hart
EVP, Central Moloney, Inc.

“Their insight and experience put me at ease. I slept better knowing Cobb & Counsel was in my corner.”

Coby Cathey
President, Resolute Academy

First rate quality and service, without the big firm price tag. Cobb & Counsel know how to litigate business disputes efficiently.”

Faisal Hamdard
Manager, MET One LLC

“If the Texas Attorney General is involved, we want Cobb & Counsel on our team.

Rob Wilkey
EVP & General Counsel, ITG Brands, LLC