Terence S. Cox

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Cox Wootton Lerner Griffin & Hansen LLP
 | 900 Front Street, Suite 350, San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-247-5275
Fax: 415-438-4601
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004, 2009 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • General Litigation (70%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (20%),
  • Real Estate: Business (10%)
Attorney Profile

As a founding partner of the Cox Wootton Lerner Griffin & Hansen LLP law firm in San Francisco, California, attorney Terence S. Cox concentrates his practice primarily on catastrophic maritime injury and wrongful death claims and litigation involving maritime vessel losses, shipping collisions, products liability and vessel salvage. He also devotes a significant percentage of his practice to real estate law, business law, transportation law and insurance law.

A veteran of thousands of trials throughout the western United States, Mr. Cox has achieved unprecedented success advocating on behalf of his clients in state, federal and appellate courts. Fully committed to protecting the rights and interests of those he serves, he has effectively negotiated settlements outside of court through mediation and arbitration.

A 1973 graduate of the University of California, Berkley, Mr. Cox obtained his Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1977. That same year, The State Bar of California admitted him to practice, and he is also admitted to practice before all U.S. District Courts in the state, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

He also holds pro hac vice admission to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the District of Washington, the District of Alaska, the District of Arizona, the District of Utah and the District of Hawaii.

Active in his legal community and fully committed to his practice, Mr. Cox is a member of the American Bar Association, The Bar Association of San Francisco and the Marin County Bar Association. He is also a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States. In addition, he routinely conducts lectures before various legal groups across the country on matters related to maritime law.

Widely regarded as one of the leading maritime lawyers in the region, Mr. Cox holds an AV-Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 70%General Litigation
  • 20%Personal Injury - General
  • 10%Real Estate


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Super Lawyers: 2004, 2009 - 2020

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About Terence Cox

Admitted: 1977, California

Professional Webpage: http://cwlfirm.com/members/terence-s-cox/


  • Named a Northern California Super Lawyer in General Litigation, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • “A.V.” rated by Martindale-Hubble

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • State Bar of California
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • United States District Court for the District of Utah
  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal
  • United States District Court for the District of Arizona
  • American Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of the U.S.
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the District of Alaska
  • United States District Court for the District of Hawaii
  • Marin County Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Founding member and original legal counsel to Shakespeare at Stinson

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Guest speaker, Association of Marine Underwriters in New York City
  • Faculty member, Hastings College of Advocacy, 1985 - 1998
  • Guest speaker, San Francisco Board of Marine Underwriters


  • Hechinger v. Caskie, 890 F.2d 202 (9th 1989)
  • Sisson v. Ruby

Educational Background:

  • University of California at Berkeley, B.A., 1973

Industry Groups

  • ABA
  • Maritime Law Association
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Office Location for Terence S. Cox

900 Front Street, Suite 350
San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: 415-247-5275

Fax: 415-438-4601

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Last Updated: 2/23/2020

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