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William  D. Cobb


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


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


  • 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
William D. Cobb, Jr.
Tel: 214-220-5201
Fax: 214-220-5251
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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, 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 him the Dallas/Fort Worth region's "Lawyer of the Year" for Legal Malpractice Defense in 2017 and again in 2019.   As a “lawyer’s lawyer,” Bill enjoys no higher honor (or greater challenge) than to have other lawyers trust him to protect their reputations and livelihood.

Bill also represents businesses, product manufacturers and distributors in commercial litigation, product liability and mass tort defense. Because he is regarded as a trustworthy guide to Texas judges and juries, he is often called on to work as Texas counsel with out-of-state law firms.

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 in several years since 2005, as one of the “Top 100 Dallas/Fort Worth Region” Super Lawyers more than ten times, and among the “Texas Super Lawyers” every year since 2003. “Best Lawyers in America” has included Bill every year since 2007 and among its 2020 designees for Legal Malpractice Law, “Bet-The-Company” Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Products Liability Litigation.  Texas Lawyer named him one of seven “Go-To” lawyers whom Texas attorneys would choose to defend them against legal malpractice claims.  


Bill has been involved in numerous cases that have helped to shape Texas law governing lawyers and the legal profession, including on issues of:
  • Fracturing of a legal malpractice claim into multiple causes of action
  • Attorney immunity
  • Expert testimony requirements
  • Formation, validity, enforcement and termination of contingency fee agreements
  • Elements of recoverable damages



  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • "The Best Lawyers in America" by BL Rankings, LLC. in Legal Malpractice Law, 2010-Present
  • "The Best Lawyers in America" by BL Rankings, LLC. in Bet-The-Company Litigation, 2010-Present
  • "The Best Lawyers in America" by BL Rankings, LLC. in Commercial Litigation, 2007-Present
  • "The Best Lawyers in America" by BL Rankings, LLC. in Products Liability Litigation, 2007-Present
  • "Top 100 Super Lawyers" by Thomson Reuters 2005 and 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017-Present
  • "Top 100 Dallas/ Fort Worth Region SuperLawyers" by Thomson Reuters, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017-Present
  • “D” Magazine Best Lawyers in Dallas, 2012 to present
  • Named a "Texas SuperLawyer" by Thomson Reuters, 2003-Present
  • Named one of seven "Go-To Lawyers Texas Attorneys Would Choose to Defend them Against Legal Malpractice Claims” by the Texas Lawyer Newspaper, 2002

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

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