Brandon Cox ’03 has never been afraid to speak in front of a crowd and enjoys being in the spotlight. Growing up, the intersection of those characteristics led to his being apart of Gilmour’s Drama Club and Speech & Debate team. After graduation, Brandon attended Georgetown University, where he studied Business Administration. He returned to Cleveland in order to attend Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where he graduated cum laude in 2012.
As an attorney, Brandon has served as first- and second-chair trial counsel, he has obtained defense verdicts for clients in several nationwide cases. He is a high-energy, passionate lawyer, and thrives in the courtroom and has a unique ability to connect with jurors, capture their attention, and explain complex evidence creatively and effectively. Brandon’s trial experience and excitement for the courtroom has resulted in a national practice that focuses on complex litigation of all types, defending a variety of clients in personal injury, products liability, and pharmaceutical, medical device, and healthcare litigation.
Brandon continuously demonstrates his pay-it-forward attitude through community service and inspiring the next generation of legal professionals. Brandon coaches Gilmour students in mock trial and moot court, leading five teams to the state championship final round in the first six years that the moot court program existed. Over the years, the students have won numerous best brief and best advocate awards, and three teams have won the state championship. Additionally, as an adjunct professor at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, he coaches students who compete in the Thurgood Marshall Moot Court competition. Under his leadership, these students have won multiple best brief and best advocate awards, several regional championships, and the 2017 national championship. Brandon’s community service stretches beyond inspiring the next generation. Brandon represents economically disadvantaged clients with housing issues and probate disputes. He also works hard to promote diversity in the legal profession.
Brandon has received significant honors for his professional successes and community involvement. He is the 2019 recipient of the “Leader on the Rise” award from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law – only the second alum to receive it. In 2018, the Ohio State Bar Foundation awarded him both the Community and Statewide Service Awards for Attorneys 40 & Under. In 2017, he was selected as an Emerging Leader Cohort Member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Leadership Academy. Also in 2017, he received the “40 Under 40 – Nation’s Best Advocates” award from the National Bar Association, as well as the first-ever Outstanding Alumni Spotlight Award from the Black Law Students Association at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
In his spare time, Brandon enjoys traveling, exploring Cleveland’s awesome restaurants, hosting social events, and collecting vintage bowties.
Brandon gives back, especially in time because he recognizes that the skills he developed at Gilmour have proven invaluable to his success as a lawyer. “Coaching high school students in competitive Mock Trial and Moot Court competition ensures that I continue to provide essential stand-up skills and knowledge to our students that will enable them to be successful and productive members of society. Coaching also keeps my skills sharp—not to mention I really enjoy being around this generation of eager, thoughtful, open-minded, and super intelligent students!”