Jeffrey L. Cox
Jeffrey L. Cox, Esq.
As an AUSA, Mr. Cox was responsible for investigating, indicting, and litigating cases; prosecuting numerous jury trials, hearings, and sentencings; practicing before grand juries; advising federal law enforcement agencies; negotiating and consummating plea agreements; drafting indictments, subpoenas, search warrants, appellate and post-conviction briefs, memoranda, and motions. He was also the co-lead counsel in the investigation and prosecution of FEMA fraud cases resulting from Hurricane Frances.
From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Cox was a Senior Counsel for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of Enforcement in Miami. While employed by the SEC, Mr. Cox was selected to represent the SEC as a Special Assistant United States Attorney (“SAUSA”). As a SAUSA, Mr. Cox was assigned full-time to the Economic Crimes Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami to prosecute violations of the federal securities laws.
During his tenure as an SEC Senior Counsel, Mr. Cox investigated and litigated civil enforcement cases and administrative proceedings involving violations of the federal securities laws including market manipulation, insider trading, and corporate and offering fraud. His practice entailed managing numerous complex financial cases; deposing witnesses; drafting subpoenas, pleadings, and motions; negotiating settlements.
Prior to forming Sallah & Cox, LLC, Mr. Cox was Of Counsel to the law firm of Klein & Sallah, LLC.
- South Florida Securities and Investment Fraud Initiative – Mr. Cox has represented numerous individuals located nationwide who were charged criminally in an FBI undercover sting operation, including in “Operation Broken Trust”.
- SEC v. De La Maza, Case No. 09-21977-Civ-McAliley – After a two-week jury trial, Messrs. Cox and Sallah obtained a defense verdict in less than one hour, which cleared their client of insider trading. See the jury verdict form here.
- In the Matter of the Arbitration Between Michael Stephen Cohen and CIBC World Markets Corp., FIRNA Case No. 06-04252 – Mr. Cox successfully represented a stock broker in his employment-related claims against his former firm. After a full arbitration hearing, the broker was awarded $315,000 as a result of the firm’s conduct. See the award here.
- Kamin et al. v. Acord, et al., Case No. 09-22829-Civ-Jordan – Messrs. Cox and Sallah successfully defended an individual in a private, shareholder suit in federal court in Miami, which the Court dismissed.
- United States v. Anthony W. Blissett – Convicted a corporate officer for conducting a $27 million Ponzi scheme with more than 2000 victims. Selected by Florida’s Department of Financial Services as one of the top 10 securities fraud scams that resulted in a conviction in 2003.
- United States v. Philip R. Gratz – Convicted a former stock broker for misappropriating investor funds and violating a permanent injunction. Selected by Miami New Times as the Best Criminal Conviction of 2005.
- Operation Landfall – Co-lead counsel responsible for convicting 13 defendants that defrauded FEMA in the wake of Hurricane Frances. Cases received local and national media attention.
- SEC v. Mutual Benefits Corp., et al. – Case involving the fraudulent sale of viatical and life settlements that resulted in losses of $956 million to 28,000 investors worldwide. Participated in successfully litigating case, which created federal case law holding that viatical settlement contracts constitute investment contracts under the federal securities laws. See SEC v. Mutual Benefits Corp., 408 F.3d 737 (11th Cir. 2005).
- SEC v. Camilo Pereira – “Pump and dump” enforcement action against a CEO of a publicly-traded company.
- SEC v. Sunstate FX, Inc., et al. – Emergency action halting $54 million investment scheme in the Forex market. Obtained a court-appointed receiver, asset freeze order, and other relief.
- SEC v. Americash-Inc.com Inc., et al. and SEC v. Virtual Cash Card LLC, et al. – Emergency cases halting multi-million dollar, cash advance, investment schemes.
PROFESSIONAL AWARDS AND ACTIVITIES
- Selected by peers as a Florida Super Lawyer (Rising Stars) in the area of White Collar Criminal Defense in 2011 and 2009.
- Selected by peers as Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite in 2011 and 2010. See the certificate here. Received congratulatory letter from Representative Bill Hager, Florida House of Representatives. See the letter here.
- Selected as one of South Florida Legal Guide’s “Top Attorneys” in Federal Criminal Law and Securities Law in 2011 and 2010.
- Awarded Certificate from FBI Director Robert Mueller for outstanding prosecutive skills and assistance for an undercover mutual fund operation named “Bermuda Short” in 2004.
- Awarded Certificate of Appreciation from the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General for critical support during the successful investigation and prosecution of FEMA fraud cases in 2005.
- Received award from the United States Postal Inspection Service recognizing professionalism and dedication during investigations in 2004.
- Received the SEC Chairman’s Award for Excellence in 2002 from former SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt.
- Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni
- American Bar Association
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Federal Bar Association
During law school, Mr. Cox served as the Editor in Chief of the Nova Law Review, received the West Group Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award, and the Book Award in Trial Advocacy. He was also published as a law student. See Comment, Defining a New Medium of Communication under the First Amendment: The Supreme Court Tackles Speech on the Internet in Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union, 22 NOVA L. REV. 763 (1998).
BAR MEMBERSHIPS AND JURISDICTIONS ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
United States Supreme Court