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Stephen Rudolph Cochell

Litigation Attorney at Houston, TX

4.6   10 reviews
Virtual consultation available
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  • State Years
    Texas - TX 19 years
    Tennessee - TN 26 years
    Utah - UT 33 years
    Michigan - MI 39 years
    Maryland - MD 45 years
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2004
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State TN
    Acquired 1998
    Surrendered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State UT
    Acquired 1990
    Resigned No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1984
    Resigned No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1979
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Stephen

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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Business Litigation, including non-compete cases, theft of trade secrets, breach of contract, interference with contract, deceptive trade practices, fraud, partnership disputes, bankruptcy adversarial actions, non-dischargeability, securities, tax, copyright and patent cases.

    43 years

  2. Commercial real estate
    Successfully litigated or tried construction, landlord-tenant, foreclosure of commercial and residential properties and provide counseling and advice to commercial clients.

    34 years

  3. Employment and labor
    Have litigated and taken numerous cases to trial or settlement involving race, sex, age, disability, pregnancy and whistleblower and/or retaliation cases.

    34 years

  4. Criminal defense
    As a former federal prosecutor and white collar criminal defense attorney, I prosecuted or defended numerous cases involving health care fraud, wire & mail fraud, racketeering, tax & securities fraud, and insider trading in addition to complex conspiracy cases

    43 years



Client's Choice 2024
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Stephen Rudolph Cochell
5850 San Felipe
5th Floor
Houston, TX, 77056


4.6 / 5.0
  10 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2024
Client's Choice
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Posted by Sue | February 18, 2015
Business Litigation
Steve saved me thousands of dollars by negotiating a settlement, rather than taking it to trial. Really a great lawyer, who I'd recommend to anyone.
Posted by Steve | May 9, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Owner/Managing Partner
Stephen has been working with us on several different and critical lawsuits for our company for the past few years. He has been very responsive and provided positive results. I would recommend Stephen to others.
Posted by Virginia | May 7, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I worked with Stephen on several matters. The attention to detail and thorough assessment of each issue was excellent. Not only did I feel heard, but the counsel that Stephen provided was considered and spot on. I will absolutely work with Stephen and his team the next time the need arise.
Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Settle a lengthy and complicated case successfully
I had the privilege of working with from Steve to settle a complex business legal case ( We sold equipment to a company but were sued ) , and I couldn't be more impressed with the outcome. From the moment I reached out for assistance, Steve and his team exhibited the utmost professionalism, expertise, and dedication. Throughout the entire process, Steve demonstrated a deep understanding of the legal intricacies involved in my case. They communicated with clarity and transparency, ensuring that I was well-informed and involved every step of the way. Their step by step strategic approach were prudent and forceful resulting in the successful resolution of my case. Thanks to Steve's tireless efforts, we were able to reach a favorable settlement. I am very grateful for their exceptional legal representation and would highly recommend them to anyone in need of legal assistance.
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Posted by AJ | May 2, 2024
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| Consulted Attorney
Wonderful and caring lawyer who truly cares about small business
It is a breath of fresh air when you talk to an attorney that truly gives you his time to listen to your case and provide reasonable fees according to your individual position and needs. Stephen Cochell is that guy and there are very few like him. Many lawyers will quote you outrageous retainer fees designed to milk their clients from the get-go. Go with a lawyer that works with your financial position from the beginning.
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Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Detailed Client Focused Skilled litigator and advisor
This firm represented me through several complex real estate and banking cases in state court. Worked tirelessly to get a result. Wrote numerous detailed briefs, winning some, always available to me when needed, worked together with me as a team, we were up against Goliath. Briefing arguments well grounded, detailed and researched. Excellent oral arguments based on briefs. I definitely recommend. I had other lawyers before this one, he carried me over the threshold to the end. Highly recommend.,
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Posted by Jason | April 23, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Top legal work one of the best you can hire
I had the privilege of working with Stephen Cochell and his firm, Cochell Law, during a highly complex case involving the Federal Trade Commission. From start to finish, my experience with Stephen and his team was nothing short of exceptional, earning them a solid five-star rating. Cochell Law stands out for their unparalleled ability to think outside the box and devise ingenious strategies, even in the toughest of situations. With Stephen's background as a former JAG attorney and Assistant United States Attorney, the firm's leadership and expertise are truly remarkable. One aspect that particularly impressed me was their commitment to fair billing practices. Throughout the process, I never felt overcharged or undervalued – the transparency in their billing methods was commendable. Despite being a busy firm, I always felt like a priority. Stephen himself was directly involved in our case, providing personalized attention and ensuring that every detail was thoroughly addressed. What sets Cochell Law apart is their remarkable knack for effective problem-solving. They navigated through our complex issues with ease, ultimately delivering outcomes that exceeded my expectations. In conclusion, I wholeheartedly recommend Cochell Law to anyone in need of honest, talented legal representation. If you're looking for a team that can tackle challenges head-on and consistently deliver outstanding results, look no further than Stephen Cochell and his exceptional firm.
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Posted by Stef | February 27, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sharp Honest and Dedicated
Stephen is immediately honest and focused on the truth. The case was analyzed and a strategy for an effective legal victory was planned. He was constantly looking for ways to updated the case with the available law to keep moving forward. He was working ahead of schedules and deadlines not waiting till the last minute. It was very calm and comfortable to work with him. He is very fair and budget friendly with his legal fees. The focus was on the reality of the case and not hype or empty promises. His actions speak louder than his words. Highly Recommended.
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Posted by Rodney | March 25, 2015
Super Lawyer
Stephen's legal expertise and strategic planning enabled my Company to successfully win a 2yr legal battle against a predatory lending entity. After retaining his services, Stephen was able to obtain a favorable decision/judgment (within 90 days) that my previous attorney was unable to secure. I attribute the success of my case to his expert knowledge, superb litigating skills and ardent approach to case management.
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Posted by Michelle | July 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Horrific Experience
NEW My trial for a speeding ticket was reset from 2019-2022 and my attorney never filed a motion to dismiss. The only time I heard from my attorney is each time the trial was reset. I paid $1,500 dollars to wait three years for my case to finally be dismissed due to police officer no show. On the day of my actual trial, I took two Ubers only to find my attorney waiting outside to tell me that my case was dismissed and that I could leave. Then when I asked him to provide me with correspondence related to my dismissal he responded that he would provide it to me but he was not sure how the court handled their proceedings. I emailed Stephen and Jonathan requesting correspondence of case dismissal and I never received a response to that email. Also, there were several videos that were allowed to be entered into evidence for my case and each time those videos were edited by the police department. I don’t recommend this firm if you’re passionate about civil rights and have been wrongly accused. I hired Stephen because after telling him my story of how awful I was treated by the court on my first court date based on my ethnicity, he talked to me about his misfortunes being a Jewish man in the military. He made me feel like he actually cared about me and he understood where I was coming from. All that changed when he chose Jonathan Slotter to represent me. What I have learned about this experience is that money talks and no one really has your back in this corrupted system. Am I relieved that my case was dismissed? Yes. Am I happy on how we achieved that goal? Not at all.
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AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • The Cochell Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2010 - Present
  • Partner
  • Epstein Becker & Green, PC
  • 2004 - 2010
  • Senior Trial Counsel
  • Federal Express Corporation
  • 1997 - 2004
  • Chief Disciplinary Counsel
  • Utah State Bar
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Attorney
  • Campbell Maack & Sessions
  • 1992 - 1995
  • Attorney
  • Hansen Jones & Leta
  • 1990 - 1992
  • Attorney
  • Marsac & Wise
  • 1986 - 1990
  • Assistant United States Attorney
  • United States Attorney's Office
  • 1983 - 1985
  • Lieutenant Commander
  • United States Navy
  • 1979 - 1983
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  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1983
  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • University of Maryland School of Social Work & Community Planning
  • M.S.W.
  • 1975
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1972
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Chopper Group v. Marinecorp International, Ltd
  • Jury returned verdict in favor of Client and Against Landlord


  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Utah State Bar
  • Chief Disciplinary Counsel
  • 1995 - 1997

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Five Star Award for Excellence
  • Fred Smith, FedEx Corporation
  • 2002


  • Business Survival Guide, Houston Business Journal
  • Understanding Copyright Law Helps Protect Intellectual Property
  • 2006
  • Electronic Evidence and the Proposed Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
  • 2005
  • University of Baltimore Law Review
  • The Applicability of the Exclusionary Rule to OSHA Civil Enforcement Proceedings
  • 1982

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (1)
Endorse Stephen
Litigation Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Steve is an excellent attorney who will work tirelessly for his clients to ensure they are in the best position possible to succeed. Steve's attention to detail, combined with his aggressive advocacy make him a perfect choice for any business or individual who is looking for someone who has their back and will leave no stone unturned. Truly a client-first attorney."
Business Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Stephen is a brilliant attorney who combines decades of premium experience with a tireless work ethic. He zealously advocates for his clients both inside and outside the courtroom."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is a brilliant lawyer!"
Litigation Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Experienced, talented, professional. I have referred clients to him and will continue to do so."

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Houston Litigation Lawyer Stephen Rudolph Cochell
Stephen Rudolph Cochell
Litigation Attorney
Houston, TX
Licensed for 45 years
Virtual consultation available