P. Matthew Cox

Shareholder

Matthew Cox is a shareholder with the firm and leads its Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights Practice Group.  His practice focuses on representing financial institutions and other lenders in efforts to protect their collateral and loan rights in federal and state courts, including bankruptcy courts.  In particular, Matt defends these lenders and other clients against avoidance, preference, and fraudulent transfer claims made by trustees and receivers.  Additionally, he assists creditors in obtaining relief from the bankruptcy automatic stay and in prosecuting objections to confirmation.

Matt defends clients against claims from borrowers or customers related to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the Utah Consumer Sales Practice Act; and against claims asserted in bankruptcy court for the return of funds received by creditors.  In these matters, he has represented law firms, hospitals, businesses, and collection agencies.  To forestall litigation, Matt works closely with banks and lenders to help create robust loan and loan modification documents for compliance with federal and state guidelines.

Over the past six years, Matt has devoted much of his time to defending dozens of trustee preference, fraudulent transfer, and other avoidance actions, with total damages in excess of $45 million, revolving around the C.W. Mining Bankruptcy case.  In addition, he represents well-known national auto lenders in numerous consumer bankruptcy cases each month.

Matt also maintains a significant practice assisting the owners of commercial properties in unlawful detainer or eviction proceedings against defaulting tenants.

Education

  • J.D., University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, 2003
  • B.S., University of Utah, Speech Communications and Business, 2000

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Utah State Bar
  • Wyoming State Bar
  • U.S District Court, District of Utah
  • U.S.District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Utah Bankruptcy Lawyers Forum
  • National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees
  • Utah Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Ronald McDonald House – Current Chair, Board of Directors, Past Legal Counsel; Named 2014 Board Volunteer of the Year
  • Recognized as a Utah Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights, Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Recognized as Utah Legal Elite for Bankruptcy/Workout by Utah Business Magazine

Unique Recognition – Education

  • Law School: University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, 2003
    • William H. Leary Scholar
    • Note and Comment Editor, Utah Law Review
  • Successful defense of lender and recipient of property from bankrupt mining company in claims asserted by trustee for actual and constructive fraud, and preferential transfer.
    • Counsel for commercial landlord in connection with negotiation, enforcement, and dispute resolution between landlord and tenants, including enforcement through eviction matters.
    • Local Counsel for numerous large and small financial institutions and lenders in protection of their collateral and loan rights in federal and state courts, including bankruptcy.
    • Currently managing a portfolio of approximately 30 new files a month, monitoring enforcement and maintenance of those accounts pending payments by the borrowers.
    • Counsel for large national bank in connection with the preparation and review of loan modifications documents and compliance with federal and state guidelines.
    • Manager of litigation team currently handling dozens of cases, with total damages sought in excess of $40 million.

    Outside of the office, Matt likes to spend time with his family camping, fishing and enjoying the Utah mountain country.