Boasting over ten years of experience as both a plaintiff and defense attorney, A. Christopher Cox is a top litigator based in Bloomington, Illinois. Mr. Cox is an associate at his family’s firm, Cox & Associates, LLC, where together with his father and his brother, he has helped build the firm into the nationally-ranked practice it has become today. Specializing in a wide range of business and commercial litigation, as well as employment and bankruptcy law, since 2015, Mr. Cox has been recognized as an Illinois Emerging Lawyer by the Leading Lawyers’ Network.
For Mr. Cox, law was an obvious choice. “My father was absolutely my primary inspiration for becoming an attorney,” he notes. With his sights set on a career in law, Mr. Cox was admitted to the University of Illinois, where he studied English and economics, graduating in 2005. In 2008, he earned his Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Mr. Cox did not go to work for his family’s firm straightaway, preferring instead to gain valuable experience in personal injury law and litigation defense at prominent Chicago firms. In 2012, with five years of practice under his belt, he moved with his young family back to his hometown of Bloomington, where he joined Cox & Associates and has never looked back. “We’re very happy we made the decision to come home,” he adds.
Today, Cox & Associates is known throughout Illinois for providing the legal acumen and firepower of a large firm with the personalized client service of a boutique family establishment. “It’s a very communal environment,” Mr. Cox notes. “Everyone works together to do the best for our clients. We set a goal and we all pitch in.” Sought after for his fierce and skillful litigation tactics in a wide range of specialties including employment law, commercial litigation, corporate disputes, and trust and estate issues, Mr. Cox alternates smoothly between defense and plaintiff's work depending on the needs of his clients.
In order to stay as up to date as possible on trends and changes in his many areas of specialty, Mr. Cox maintains active memberships in the McLean County Bar Association and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Cox is also a prolific speaker and discussion leader for Cox & Associates’ corporate clients. He explains:
We do some troubleshooting to help prevent problems down the line. I explain changes in the law as they come up, and I help our clients figure out which changes will affect them and which won’t. Many of our corporate clients are mid-size, and they exist in a gray area where some changes will apply and some won’t. I do a lot of consultation and counseling in that regard.
Looking forward, Mr. Cox shows no signs of slowing down. Just as dedicated to his family and his profession as he was at the outset of his career ten years ago, Mr. Cox plans to continue providing the industry leading client service for which Cox & Associates has become so well-known. “I’ve been coming to this office since I was a kid,” he adds. “My father was able to make the kind of life for us that I want to make for my family. It stuck with me, and it stuck with my brother. So the only thing we can do is keep paying it forward, and keep helping people.”
Mr. Cox is also a devoted father of two and an avid college sports fan.