Paul Cox helps businesses, public entities, and individuals litigate disputes before trial courts and on appeal.
Paul has handled a variety of cases, including complex business disputes, constitutional challenges, product-liability actions, trademark disputes, and cases involving administrative law. He practices regularly in North Carolina’s state and federal courts. He has briefed appeals in the North Carolina Supreme Court, the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and the federal courts of appeals for the Fourth and Fifth Circuits. He has also filed amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, the North Carolina Supreme Court, and the Fourth Circuit. In 2018, he was named one of only four “Rising Stars” in North Carolina for appellate practice by Super Lawyers magazine.
Before joining Ellis & Winters, Paul clerked for Judge Raymond Fisher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Paul studied law at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif and was senior publishing editor for the California Law Review. While in law school, he served as an extern to Judge Edward Chen on the Northern District of California and spent a summer clerking for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California. He also provided pro bono legal services to Oakland residents who were threatened with eviction and substandard housing.
Before law school, Paul was a legislative aide to North Carolina Congressman David Price. While working on Capitol Hill, Paul helped draft the annual budget for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In 2008, he was the North Carolina press secretary for the Obama presidential campaign.
Paul serves on the ACLU of North Carolina's legal committee, and is co-chair of the ABA's Appellate Practice Subcommittee for Young Lawyers, Membership, and Diversity. He is regularly appointed to represent indigent criminal defendants on appeal by the North Carolina Appellate Defender.
Paul grew up in Sanford and enjoys cycling on the Triangle’s greenways and trails, kayaking on North Carolina rivers, and occasionally posing as a rock and roll drummer.
Awards and Honors
- North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine, "Rising Star", Appellate, Personal Injury - Products, Business Litigation, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property Litigation (2018)
Professional Associations and Memberships
- North Carolina Bar Association
- Appellate Practice Section
- Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities Section
- Young Lawyers Division
- American Bar Association
- Litigation Section
- Federal Bar Association
- Wake County Bar Association
Prior Legal Experience
- Clerkship, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Hon. Raymond C. Fisher
- Externship, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Hon. Edward M. Chen
- North Carolina
- United States District Courts
- Eastern District of North Carolina
- United States Courts of Appeals
- Fourth Circuit
- Fifth Circuit