Stephen Cox

Stephen Cox

Former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas

Stephen J. Cox served as the 39th United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas (EDTX).  During his tenure as U.S. Attorney, he increased the District’s focus on complex fraud and white-collar enforcement, transnational elder-fraud schemes, and tech-related enforcement, while building out public-private partnerships to promote information sharing and voluntary disclosures. Before being appointed as U.S. Attorney, Cox served as Deputy Associate Attorney General and Chief of Staff within the Department’s Office of the Associate Attorney General.  In his role, Cox oversaw numerous litigating components and their civil and criminal enforcement efforts, with particular attention to some of the Department’s most complex healthcare and financial fraud matters.  Cox also spearheaded numerous policy reforms relating to corporate enforcement and regulatory reform, and in his capacity as U.S. Attorney, Cox formally adopted over ten of those policy reforms for the Eastern District of Texas.

Previously, Cox served on the William H. Webster Commission on the FBI, Counterterrorism, Intelligence, and the Events of Fort Hood, and as a senior advisor to the Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Cox has also spent time in private practice at Apache Corporation and WilmerHale, dealing with white collar investigations, ethics and compliance, commercial transactions, and corporate governance.  Cox has a B.S. degree in Computer Science from the Texas A&M University and J.D. degree from the University of Houston Law Center.  He is a member of the Texas and District of Columbia.