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William S. "Buddy" Cox

William S. "Buddy" Cox



  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Regulatory, Transactional and Litigation
  • Natural Resources Litigation

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Buddy Cox is well known for the depth and breadth of experience and knowledge he has accumulated in addressing environmental issues involving air, water, land and natural resources. He has represented clients before numerous federal and state trial and appellate courts and federal, state and local agencies. Buddy has defended toxic tort and property damage lawsuits ranging from a single individual claimant to over 20,000 plaintiffs in a consolidated action. He has also helped clients undertake a variety of remediation projects involving impacts to water, land and natural resources, has advised clients on permit requirements under federal and state laws governing air, water and land, and has defended citizen suits under a variety of environmental statutes. Chambers reported that his peers described him as an “outstanding lawyer, very knowledgeable of environmental law” and his clients valued his “incredible recall for details, good strategic mind, and proactive approach.”

With over 30 years of hands-on experience as an environmental lawyer, Buddy strives to find pragmatic, practical and creative solutions to complex issues under various environmental laws and programs, including CERCLA/Superfund, RCRA, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, NEPA, the Oil Pollution Act, TSCA and FIFRA and state counterparts. He has handled matters in all environmental media – water, air, land, waste and natural resources. Buddy routinely works with some of the leading experts in the fields of toxicology, epidemiology, hydrology, remediation, engineering, and medicine. 

A published author and frequent speaker on environmental compliance and enforcement issues, Buddy has been recognized as a leading environmental lawyer by Chambers USA. He is also listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America® and Benchmark Litigation.

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1990
  • California, 1988
  • District of Columbia, 2019

Court Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama


  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1988, Virginia Law Review; Order of the Coif
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1985, magna cum laude
Areas of Practice

Environmental Law | Environmental Regulatory, Transactional and Litigation | Natural Resources Litigation


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