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William D. Cobb, Jr.

William D. Cobb, Jr.

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EMAIL

wcobb@cobbmartinez.com

TEL

214-220-5201

FAX

214-220-5299

BIOGRAPHY

Bill Cobb is known as a strong, authentic, and personable courtroom advocate. A strategic thinker, he brings to each engagement an ability to persuasively simplify the complicated while relentlessly mastering the details. Bill is sought after for his defense of lawyers and law firms, as well as other professionals in insurance, accounting, real estate, and financial services. He represents professionals in Texas state and federal courts, in arbitrations, as well as in administrative disciplinary proceedings.

Best Lawyers’ named Bill the Dallas/Fort Worth region’s “Lawyer of the Year” for Legal Malpractice Defense in 2017 and again in 2019. Texas Lawyer named him one of seven “Go-To” lawyers whom Texas attorneys would choose to defend them against legal malpractice claims.

Bill also represents businesses, product manufacturers and distributors in commercial litigation and products liability matters. Best Lawyers’ named Bill the Dallas/Fort Worth region’s “Lawyer of the Year” for Products Liability Defense in 2015 and again in 2022.

A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Bill has been included among the “Texas Top 100” Super Lawyers more than a dozen times, as one of the “Top 100 Dallas/Fort Worth Region” Super Lawyers sixteen times, and among the “Texas Super Lawyers” every year since 2003.

“Best Lawyers in America” has included Bill for more than a decade and among its 2022 designees for Legal Malpractice Law, Professional Malpractice Law, Commercial Litigation, and Products Liability Litigation.

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Biography

Bill Cobb is known as a strong, authentic, and personable courtroom advocate. A strategic thinker, he brings to each engagement an ability to persuasively simplify the complicated while relentlessly mastering the details. Bill is sought after for his defense of lawyers and law firms, as well as other professionals in insurance, accounting, real estate, and financial services. He represents professionals in Texas state and federal courts, in arbitrations, as well as in administrative disciplinary proceedings.

Best Lawyers' named Bill the Dallas/Fort Worth region's "Lawyer of the Year" for Legal Malpractice Defense in 2017 and again in 2019. Texas Lawyer named him one of seven “Go-To” lawyers whom Texas attorneys would choose to defend them against legal malpractice claims.

Bill also represents businesses, product manufacturers and distributors in commercial litigation and products liability matters. Best Lawyers’ named Bill the Dallas/Fort Worth region’s “Lawyer of the Year” for Products Liability Defense in 2015 and again in 2022.

A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Bill has been included among the “Texas Top 100” Super Lawyers more than a dozen times, as one of the “Top 100 Dallas/Fort Worth Region” Super Lawyers sixteen times, and among the “Texas Super Lawyers” every year since 2003.

“Best Lawyers in America” has included Bill for more than a decade and among its 2022 designees for Legal Malpractice Law, Professional Malpractice Law, Commercial Litigation, and Products Liability Litigation.

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Directors & Officers Litigation
Legal Malpractice Defense
Product Liability Defense
Professional Malpractice Defense

Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • J.D. – 1984
    • Law Review: The Review of Litigation, Managing Editor
  • University of Denver
    • B.A. – 1981

Admissions

  • Texas, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals  for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas

Experience

Bill has been involved in numerous cases that have helped to shape Texas law governing lawyers and the legal profession, including on issues of:

  •  Attorney immunity.
  • Expert testimony requirements.
  • Fracturing of a legal malpractice claim into multiple causes of action.
  • Formation, validity, enforcement, and termination of contingency fee agreements.
  • Elements of recoverable damages.

Awards & Honors

  • Elected to the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates.
  • Selected to “The Best Lawyers in America” by BL Rankings, LLC. in Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, 2010-2022.
  • Selected to “The Best Lawyers in America” by BL Rankings, LLC. in Bet-The-Company Litigation, 2010-2021.
  • Selected to “The Best Lawyers in America” by BL Rankings, LLC. in Commercial Litigation, 2007-2022.
  • Selected to “The Best Lawyers in America” by BL Rankings, LLC. in Products Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2007-2022.
  • Selected to “The Best Lawyers in America” by BL Rankings, LLC in Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants, 2021-2022.
  • Named to the “Top 100 Super Lawyers” by Thomson Reuters, 2005, 2008, 2010 – 2015, 2017 – 2021.
  • Named to the “Top 100 Dallas/ Fort Worth Region SuperLawyers” by Thomson Reuters, 2004 – 2006, 2008 – 2015, 2017- 2021.
  • Named to “D” Magazine Best Lawyers in Dallas, 2012-2022.
  • Named a “Texas SuperLawyer” by Thomson Reuters, 2003-2021.
  • Named one of seven “Go-To Lawyers Texas Attorneys Would Choose to Defend them Against Legal Malpractice Claims” by the Texas Lawyer Newspaper, 2002.

Memberships

State Bar of Texas

  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • American Bar Association, Professional Liability Committee
  • American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Section
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Dallas Bar Association