William J. Cozort

Shareholder

Brothers Alvarado, P.C.

820 Gessner, Suite 1075
Houston, Texas 77024
T (713) 337-0754
F (713) 337-0760
wcozort@brothers-law.com

William J. Cozort has represented clients in commercial, construction, transportation, industrial accident, toxic tort, and products and premises liability disputes for more than twenty-six years. Before joining Brothers Alvarado, P.C. in January 2014, Mr. Cozort served as a shareholder with the firm of Bair Hilty, P.C. and prior to that as a partner with the Houston firm of Manning, Gosda & Arredondo, L.L.P. for more than ten years. Mr. Cozort has successfully defended electrical utilities and contractors, trucking and transportation concerns, petrochemical companies, oilfield services companies, banks and other lenders, general contractors and road construction firms, manufactured housing retailers and manufacturers, manufacturers of recreational vehicles, and premises owners and product manufacturers of all types in federal courts, state courts and other forums throughout the State of Texas. Mr. Cozort has years of experience in the field of mass and toxic tort litigation, having served as trial counsel and Assistant Regional Manager for a major asbestos defendant’s eight state Southwest Region – a position including direct responsibility for the day to day management of tens of thousands of asbestos claims.

Mr. Cozort is a native Houstonian and graduated with honors from Bellaire Senior High School and the University of Texas at Austin’s College of Liberal Arts prestigious honors program (Plan II). Mr. Cozort was among the inaugural group of five students to receive the Texas Excellence Award from the Ex-Students’ Association of the University of Texas. Mr. Cozort earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law in 1989. Mr. Cozort has served as Faculty Member for the Texas Association of Defense Counsel’s Trial Academy and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s Deposition Skills Program. Mr. Cozort is admitted to practice before all Texas state and federal courts, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and also has been licensed to practice law in Colorado. Mr. Cozort has maintained an A.V. rating from Martindale Hubbell since 2004.

Mr. Cozort relishes practicing complex high stakes litigation, and particularly enjoys the challenges presented by trying catastrophic loss cases in adverse jurisdictions. Mr. Cozort recognizes that tireless preparation followed by a powerful but nuanced trial presentation, timely and informative communication and creative and cost efficient solutions to vexing problems are the keys to courtroom success and client satisfaction.

Areas of Concentration

  • Insurance Defense and Coverage Disputes
  • Transportation Law
  • Products Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Construction Litigation
  • Commercial and Consumer Litigation.

Professional Organizations

  • Defense Research Institute, Inc.
  • State Bar of Texas – Litigation and Insurance Sections
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Houston Bar Association

Legal Career

 BAIR HILTY, P.C. – Houston, Texas

 

             May 2008 – January 2014 – Shareholder representing clients in personal injurydefense,
products liability defense, transportation issues and general commercial, insurance,
and consumer litigation matters
 
            October 2007 – April 2008 Senior Counsel representing clients in personal injury defense,
products liability defense, transportation issues and general commercial, insurance, and 
consumer litigation matters

 

MANNING, GOSDA & ARREDONDO, L.L.P. -- Houston, Texas

 

            January 1996 – September 2007 -- Partner representing clients in personal injury defense, products liability defense, and general commercial litigation through representation of United Parcel Service, Inc., Baker Concrete Construction, Inc., State Industries, Inc., Champion Enterprises, Inc., Redman Homes, Inc., Aramark Corp., Liberty Mutual Insurance Group and its insureds, and in mass toxic tort litigation.
 
            July 1990 - December 1995 -- Associate dedicated to representation of Owens Corning as one of two Assistant Regional Managers for asbestos personal injury litigation in the eight state Southwest Region from inception of OC's Regional Counsel concept in 1991; prior to September 1991 defended Owens Corning, Eagle Picher Industries, Inc., Glitsch Field Services, Inc., Baker Concrete Construction, Inc., General Tire and others against personal injury litigation.

 

MINTER, JOSEPH & THORNHILL -- Austin, Texas 

September 1989 - June 1990 -- Associate performing general civil litigation (primarily commercial) and real estate development representation; representative clients included Lack's Furniture, Bank of the West, Nash/Phillips/Copus and Hillwood Development.

Education

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SCHOOL OF LAW -- Austin, Texas   

May 1989-- Awarded Doctor of Jurisprudence

 

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN -- Austin, Texas

May 1986-- Received Bachelor of Arts with Honors from Plan II Honors Program

Bar Admissions

  • 1989 - State Bar of Texas
  • 1990 - U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • 1991 - U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • 1991 - U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • 1992 - U. S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • 1998 - U. S. District Court, Western District of Texas

Professional Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute, Inc.
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel 

Professional Recognition/Services

  • AV Rated – Martindale Hubbell – (2004 – Present)
  • Faculty Member – TADC Trial Academy
  • Faculty Member – NITA Deposition Skills Program
  • Speaker – Advanced Discovery Tactics –