Lawrence A. Cox

Lawrence A. Cox

Senior Counsel

Lawrence Cox has more than 35 years of experience in trial and appellate court proceedings. His practice presently emphasizes litigation of environmental, healthcare, insurance, and general commercial cases. In 2015, he secured summary judgment for an energy client sued by the Orange County Water District for contamination of groundwater with the gasoline additive MTBE. In 2014, he resolved claims against the owner of a natural gas storage field in Proposition 65 drinking water litigation. Mr. Cox has represented California's largest health maintenance organization (HMO) in class action litigation related to coverage for Autism Spectrum Disorder, and in various Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) benefits cases.

Mr. Cox's experience includes the successful defense of litigation related to sale of a client's business integration software company to Sun Microsystems. In 2010, he conducted successful trials of residential lease and construction cost disputes involving estate properties in Beverly Hills, California. In 2008, he established precedent in a California Court of Appeal decision setting appropriate limits upon matters that must be disclosed by California arbitrators. Mr. Cox has litigated hundreds of cases in a responsive and cost-effective manner on issues ranging from alleged benzene exposure caused by a crude oil pipeline rupture, to the purported necessity of placing California cancer risk warnings on snack food packages.


  • Atlantic Richfield Company and BP West Coast Products LLC in winning summary judgment against Orange County Water District in Methyl Tertiary Buytl Ether (MTBE) Products Litigation, 46 F. Supp. 3d 440 (S.D.N.Y., 2014) and 2015 WL 5051660 (S.D.N.Y., August 25, 2015).
  • SeeBeyond Technology Corporation in resolving litigation arising from sale of client's software company to Sun Microsystems.
  • 23andMe, Inc. in insurance declaratory relief litigation arising from FDA regulation of client's Personal Genome Service product.
  • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan in securing review by the California Supreme Court of bad faith action against HMO (Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. v. Superior Court (2011 S194563)).
  • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan in winning summary judgment for HMO in Federal Court ERISA benefits litigation involving termination of member's home-administered IV potassium infusions (Perkins v. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. (C.D.Cal. No. 09-8499 SVW)).
  • SAVVIS Communications Corp. in arbitration resulting in payment of standard hourly rates by insurance carrier defending intellectual property litigation (SAVVIS Communications Corp. v. Federal Insurance Company (JAMS 2008 Ref. No. 1240018958)).
  • Frito Lay, Inc. in development of expert case demonstrating absence of potato chips' genotoxicity in California Proposition 65 acrylamide litigation.
  • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan in trial court dismissal of California Business and Professions Code § 17200 class action against HMO related to appropriate healthcare for Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan in California Court Of Appeal precedent establishing reasonable limits for neutral arbitrator disclosures under California Arbitration Act (Dornbirer v. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan (Dec. 2008) (166 Cal.App.4th 831).
  • Atlantic Richfield Company and BP West Coast Products LLC in resolving methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) gasoline additive products liability trial through assertion of damage case in limine motions.


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Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Toxic Tort (2017)


  • JD, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 1977
  • AB, University of California, Irvine, 1974, magna cum laude
  • California

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