Chris Cox

Chris Cox is Counsel at the international law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and recently retired after ten years as President of Morgan Lewis Consulting LLC, a global strategic advisory firm.

He is a member of the boards of ophthalmic technology maker RxSight, Inc.; governance, risk and compliance services provider ACA Compliance Group; private equity and investment advisor Starr Investment Holdings; and internet industry association NetChoice. In addition, he is a Life Trustee of the University of Southern California and a member of the advisory boards of RevOZ Capital, the United States Energy Security Council, and the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, founded by Nobel Prize winner George A. Olah. 

For ten years he was a member of the board of directors of the National Endowment for Democracy, and of the board of trustees of Chapman University. He currently serves as Chair of the Rhodes Scholarship selection committee for the western United States and Pacific islands.  

Other prior board service includes health care companies Alphaeon Corporation and Calhoun Vision, Inc., photonics manufacturer Newport Corporation, and governance, risk and compliance firm Thomson Reuters Accelus.

During a 23-year Washington career, he was a White House counsel to President Ronald Reagan, chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the fifth-ranking elected leader in the House.  

Prior to his Washington career, he was a partner in the corporate practice of Latham & Watkins, where he was the head of the corporate department in Orange County and a member of the firm’s national management. He also taught federal income tax as a member of the faculty at Harvard Business School.

He holds a B.A. from the University of Southern California, M.BA. from Harvard Business School, J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was as an Editor of the Harvard Law Review, and honorary Ph.D. from Northeastern University.  He and his wife Rebecca live in southern California and are the parents of three grown children.