Douglas Cox, a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, practices in the areas of constitutional and general commercial litigation, appellate law and governmental matters. He received his law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School where he served as editor-in-chief of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy from 1979 to 1980. He received his undergraduate degree in history, magna cum laude, from Princeton University in 1977 and attended Oxford University on a Knox Scholarship in 1980-1981.
From 1981 to 1987, Cox practiced in New York City representing major corporations in state and federal courts on issues involving intellectual property, securities and international tax litigation. He later served for five years during the Reagan and Bush administrations in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, and became principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General during the Bush administration. In that role he provided legal advice to executive branch departments; resolved legal disputes on behalf of the Attorney General between executive branch departments; prepared formal opinions of the Attorney General; drafted and issued opinions on legal issues to the executive branch; and advised Congress as to the constitutionality of pending legislation.
Cox played a principal role in the successful representation of President Bush before the Supreme Court of the United States, and participated in other cases before the Supreme Court involving equal protection, voting rights and election law, and the scope of the jury trial right under the Seventh Amendment. He has represented clients in litigation before federal and state trial and appellate courts and before congressional investigating committees.