Houston Business Attorney STEPHEN R. COCHELL is a Shareholder of the Firm His practice focuses on complex civil and criminal litigation, including commercial, intellectual property and employment litigation as well as civil and criminal racketeering, fraud, tax fraud and insider trading.
Starting his practice as a criminal lawyer and federal prosecutor, Mr. Cochell utilizes extensive experience from a broad range of practice areas to achieve success for his clients:
1. Serving as lead trial counsel or consultant in major commercial, labor, employment, intellectual property, and managing trial teams in designated cases, including discrimination, wage and hour, ERISA, FMLA, ADA, trade secret, trademark and cybersquatting actions.
2. Litigating complex contract, trade secret, trademark, and partnership disputes.
3. Representing clients in matters involving professional misconduct, employment discrimination, health care fraud and white collar criminal defense
4. Preparing and arguing before various state and federal appellate courts
5. Recent representation of clients in litigation includes the following cases:
- Representation of a client accused of employee raiding resulting in summary judgment for client. (Houston 2010.)
- Serving as lead trial counsel for a financial services client in a multi-party ERISA action alleging fraud under § 419 of the Tax Code. (Dallas 2009.)
- Appeal of arbitration award resulting in a federal district judge vacating an arbitration award, which ended a hotly contested commercial case involving claims exceeding $8 million. (Nashville 2009.)
- Obtained dismissal of an ERISA Plan on allegations of civil racketeering under the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations (“RICO”) statute. (Marshall, Texas 2008).
- Obtained injunctive relief for clients in three contested non-compete cases. (Houston 2008-9).
- Obtained during his career numerous summary judgments and defense verdicts for and on behalf of employers in matters alleging various types of discrimination and retaliation in Texas, Florida, California, Tennessee, Utah and Michigan.
Some of Stephen Cochell’s reported decisions include:
• In re ProEducation Intern., Inc., 587 F.3d 296 (5th Cir. 2009)
• Gengo v. Target National Bank, 513 F. Supp. 2d 842 (S.D. Texas 2007)
• Clover Staffing, Inc. v. Johnson Controls International, Inc., 465 F. Supp. 2d 670 (S.D. Texas 2006)
• Newman v. Federal Express Corporation, 266 F.3d 401(6th Cir. 2001)
• Mellon v. Federal Express Corporation, 239 F.3d 954 (8th Cir. 2001)
Houston Business Attorney Stephen Cochell served as a Navy lawyer from 1979 to 1983 and as an Assistant United States Attorney from 1983 to 1985 with the Narcotics Task Force in Detroit prosecuting narcotics, tax, racketeering, and public corruption cases. Notably, he served as Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the Utah State Bar from 1995 to 1997. Notably, in 1994, Stephen. Cochell served as lead trial counsel in a criminal prosecution of a client for insider trading, securities and tax fraud, resulting in acquittal on all charges.
As Senior Trial Counsel for Federal Express Corporation, Houston Business Attorney Stephen Cochell prosecuted a trade secrets case against UPS and Fritz Companies, assisted management in formulating administrative and litigation strategies to address disputes with various regulatory agencies, and served on the defense team defending the Postal Service’s award of a $7.2 billion contract to FedEx.
Stephen Cochell speaks before business and professional groups on such topics as: Non-Compete Agreements; Client Trust Accounting for Lawyer; Ethics for Practicing Attorneys; and Conflicts of Interest and the Practicing Attorney. In his spare time, Stephen Cochell enjoys skiing and mountain biking.
Admitted to Practice in:
United States Supreme Court
Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal
• U.S. Court of International Trade
• U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
• U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
• U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
• American Bar Association, Litigation Section
• Houston Bar Association, Cybersquatting Section
• Houston Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
• Houston Bar Association, Litigation Section