Gary Cox served from 1989 to 2003 as Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s office. Gary prosecuted such Fortune 500 firms as General Motors, BP Chemical, Philips Electronics and Sun Oil Company for violations of state and federal environmental laws. As Senior Assistant Attorney General, Gary was lead counsel in over 300 administrative, civil and criminal cases, in both state and federal courts, and conducted several oral arguments in both state and federal courts, appearing before the Supreme Court of Ohio four times. Gary has experience with, in part, the Clean Air Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and the regulations adopted thereunder.
Upon leaving the Attorney General’s office, Gary became an organic vegetable farmer and ran a successful business in Franklin County for two years. Gary ran a community supported agriculture (CSA) program at the farm and had 34 shareholders. Gary also sold his produce at local farmers’ markets, grocery stores, and restaurants in Columbus.
From 2004 to 2008 Gary was an Associate with the Columbus, Ohio firm of Lane, Alton and Horst. While at Lane Alton, Gary brought a national class action lawsuit against a large dairy operation that claimed to be, but wasn’t operating as, a certified organic dairy farm.
Gary was one of the co-founders of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund and was its first General Counsel from 2006 to 2016. Gary was lead attorney for FTCLDF and represented farmers throughout the United States in their efforts to distribute their products directly to consumers free from governmental interference and harassment. Gary sued the USDA, the FDA, and several States on behalf of Fund members. Gary has been involved in raw milk issues throughout the country, has represented members of the Fund in all sorts of judicial and administrative proceedings, has provided testimony in support of food sovereignty legislation and has spoken at several conferences on sustainable farming issues. Gary has experience with the Organic Foods Production Act, Federal Meat Inspection Act, Poultry Products Inspection Act, Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, Public Health Service Act, Food Safety Modernization Act, federal Pasteurized Milk Ordinance, various State herbicide/pesticide programs, feed/seed programs, model food codes, and local zoning ordinances. As General Counsel for the Fund, Gary appeared in the highest court in the States of New York, Colorado and Maine.
Gary has a family history of military service, from his father who served 20 years in the Air Force, to his youngest brother who is a combat chaplain in the Navy and served with the Marines at Fallujah, Iraq, to his grandfather who fought at Guadalcanal as a Seabee in the Navy in WWII, to that grandfather’s brother who fought with the “Big Red One” army division in WWII. Gary, however, does not believe in war.
Gary lives in Columbus, Ohio, has an adult son and daughter, is an avid gardener and bicyclist, a former organic vegetable farmer, a supporter of local farmers, and consumes raw milk daily. Gary was featured in the documentary Farmageddon and was a Board member of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association.
- 1989 J.D. Capital University Law School, Columbus, OH
Dean’s Award (outstanding student)
Editor in Chief school newspaper
Order of the Curia
- 1982 B.A. The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Anthropology major, history minor
- 1989 State of Ohio
- 1990 U.S. Dist. Ct. S.D. Ohio
- 2008 U.S. Dist. Ct. N.D. Ohio
- 2008 U.S. Dist. Ct. C.D. Ill
- 2008 U.S. Dist. Ct. D.C.
- 2009 U.S. Dist. Ct. N.D. Ill
- 2007 U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Cir.
- 2012 U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Cir.
- Civil litigation