Regulatory Litigation, Class Actions, Cybersecurity Litigation
Bill Cobb is best known for his success challenging—and enforcing—environmental and insurance regulations.
As Texas' Deputy Attorney General for Civil Litigation, Mr. Cobb spearheaded Texas' opposition to the EPA's greenhouse gas regulations and was Texas' lead trial counsel in the historic 26 State constitutional challenge to the new federal health insurance law.
He also negotiated an unprecedented $50 million settlement enforcing Texas' Clean Air Act, quarterbacked trial teams obtaining record–breaking jury verdicts and settlements in Medicaid insurance fraud litigation, and successfully defended Texas' Flexible (air) Permit program at oral arguments before the 5th Circuit.
Chambers USA 2013 has recognized Mr. Cobb as an "up and coming" environmental attorney, noting his "extraordinary ability to articulate intricate issues and fact patterns," and his "unique perspective on state regulation, which is respected by all regulating entities in Texas."
Mr. Cobb's prior experience as litigation counsel for the regulator presently affords him invaluable insight into litigation involving his clients, the regulated.
Class Action Litigation
Mr. Cobb is a seasoned class-action litigator as well. He has contested more than a dozen class actions (in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New York), obtaining a fast and favorable nationwide settlement as lead counsel, and trying a class action to a jury verdict.
Understanding that class action lawsuits are not conducted or resolved in a vacuum, Mr. Cobb learns his clients' business needs in order to manage and resolve disputes in a way that secures vital interests, navigates regulatory obstacles, and avoids future litigation.
As head of his firm's cybersecurity litigation practice, Mr. Cobb leads both its crisis-audit team and crisis-response SWAT team. When advising clients, he leverages first-hand experience defending companies in litigation resulting from anonymous hacks, and counseling companies coping with data-breaches.
Whether challenging regulations that disrupt a client's business model, defending a class action that threatens a company's viability, or managing the fall-out from a cyber-attack, Mr. Cobb excels at crafting efficient litigation strategies on behalf of his clients.
Although he previously managed 300 Assistant Attorneys General in 10 Litigation Divisions, in his current practice Mr. Cobb embraces the motto of "one riot, one ranger," trying cases on his own whenever possible, relying upon a single associate when not, and only managing teams when absolutely necessary.
Spending several formative years as in-house counsel for a cash-strapped Internet-access company, Mr. Cobb is ever-mindful of the need to prioritize threats and efficiently allocate scarce resources. Frustrated himself by poor communication, litigation "surprises," and busted budgets, as outside-counsel Mr. Cobb strives to partner closely with his clients when resolving their disputes.
Having viewed the legal battlefield from these diverse vantage points, Mr. Cobb offers a unique perspective on the prerequisites for a successful, yet cost-effective, litigation campaign.
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Mr. Cobb is on the Board of Directors of the Austin Bar Association—Civil Litigation Section.
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Speeches / Publications
"Compliance and Planning for Utility Regulation: The Legal & Regulatory Perspective," Air & Waste Management Association, 105th Annual Conference, 2012
"Turf Wars: Interagency Conflict Between TCEQ & EPA: Air Quality," University of Texas School of Law Environmental Law Symposium, 2012
"Debrief of the DC Circuit's Oral Arguments on EPA's GHG Rulemakings," Environmental Law Institute, 2012
"Statewide Regulatory Update," Texas Manufacturers Summit, 2012
"Cooperative Federalism," Texas State Bar Environmental Section, 23rd Environmental SuperConference, 2011
"The Role of the Attorney General," ABA Administrative Law Section, The Nuts & Bolts of Administrative Law, 2011
"Effectively Challenging Federal Government Regulatory Action," Association of Corporate Counsel, Annual Meeting, 2010
Mr. Cobb is a former Adjunct Professor at the St. Edwards University Graduate School of Management, where he taught Business Negotiations and Dispute Resolution.
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