Travis Denton Steele Cox


Phone: 832.849.1812

Fax: 832.849.1799

My practice is about helping others find creative solutions to problems. I develop close relationships with my clients so I can properly assess the core issues they are facing and work together to accomplish their business goals. My clients trust that I provide candid, strategic advice and act in their best interest as we judiciously navigate complex business and commercial matters.

I help negotiate contracts and counsel clients in risk management and litigation avoidance—and decisively litigate when disputes cannot be resolved otherwise. I have successfully handled many cases involving breaches of contract and fiduciary duty, product liability, personal injury and death, and fraud. I have experience representing both multinational and closely-held corporate clients in the energy, transportation, construction, real estate, and healthcare industries in contract negotiations and business disputes, and advising them on legislative changes and regulatory compliance issues. In addition to defending my clients’ rights and enforcing obligations in court, I am formally trained as a civil mediator. This helps me guide clients through alternative dispute resolution before trial when litigation presents business obstacles or would not be cost-effective.  

I graduated from the University of Texas with a degree from the Plan II Honors program and hold certificates in Business Foundations and Core Texts & Ideas. After college, I received a Dean’s Scholarship to attend the SMU Dedman School of Law. I served as article editor of the International Law Review Association, which published the second-most widely circulated legal journal at the time: The International Lawyer. I interned with a highly respected federal judge in the Southern District of Texas before I went on to train at private practices and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas, where I worked on complex cases involving fraud, kickback schemes, and personal injury defense.

Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with my family at the ranch and on the coast, and rooting for the Texas Longhorns, Houston Astros, and Dallas Cowboys.


  • Member: Houston Bar Association & Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Member: Defense Research Institute
  • Member: Dallas Bar Association & Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Member: TPWD Stewards of the Wild, Houston Chapter
  • Member: Coastal Conservation Association, Central Houston Chapter

Representative Matters

  • First-chair trial experience defending multinational elevator company against customer in a construction contract dispute; obtained favorable judgment after making opening and closing arguments, cross-examining the plaintiff, and presenting witnesses
  • Arbitration experience in multimillion-dollar, multi-party complex commercial case involving alleged breaches of fiduciary duty, fraud, and usurpation of corporate opportunity in the ecommerce and transportation industry
  • Defended energy, trucking, elevator, construction, and real estate companies in multimillion-dollar, multi-party wrongful death, gross negligence, product and premises liability, motor vehicle accident, and property fire cases from investigation to resolution

Some experience listed is prior to working at Copeland & Rice LLP.