By their very nature, criminal commercial litigation proceedings are incredibly complex. In Texas, such cases often hinge on minutia — errors in bookkeeping, or variable definitions of what is and is not 'protected information.' Yet the penalties for offenses are severe and may entail excessive fines, the shuttering of your business or, in some cases, imprisonment. A diligent, experienced attorney is imperative to helping you navigate your matter.
John S. Cossum has been recognized by his peers as a lawyer who operates at the highest level of his profession, as signified by his receipt of an AV Preeminent* rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He has served individuals and businesses in downtown Houston and the surrounding area for more than 30 years, and possesses the legal acumen to guide his clients toward their desired outcomes.
A Lawyer Who Will Protect Your Rights Aggressively
Mr. Cossum's objective is to go to court, win and clear his clients of all charges. He will work relentlessly to achieve this aim. He has litigated at state and federal levels, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He stands prepared to assist his clients in a full spectrum of matters, including:
- Theft of trade secrets — Texas law defines a trade secret as "a formula, pattern, compilation, device, method, technique, or process" that "derives independent economic value...from not being generally known." Whether you have been accused of misusing trade secrets, or your secret materials have been the subject of theft, Mr. Cossum is prepared to fight on your behalf.
- Violations of noncompete agreements — If a company has confirmed that a former employee is in violation of a noncompete agreement, there are typically grounds to pursue legal action. Mr. Cossum offers experienced representation for employers and employees alike.
- Breach of fiduciary duties — Texas law imposes strict obligations on individuals who assume fiduciary duty over another person's finances or property. Most importantly, a fiduciary must act in their clients' best interests. If this basic duty has not been met, and fraud or theft has occurred, legal action can be taken.
- Misappropriation of company assets — Misappropriation of a company's funds is a type of theft, often categorized as embezzlement. Conviction carries significant punishment. Whether pursuing or defending against a charge, success requires an attorney experienced with the laws of the state and local courts.
For over three decades, Mr. Cossum has provided firm, knowledgeable legal counsel in matters of commercial litigation. He is prepared to build a case for you.
Contact John S. Cossum Today
For assistance with your commercial litigation matter, please call John S. Cossum's offices at 281-973-4747 to arrange a free consultation. You can also reach him through his online form.
*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 judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories — legal ability and ethical standards.