As an attorney at McKool Smith, Andrew Cobos focuses on complex commercial and bankruptcy litigation. Andrew has represented plaintiffs, defendants, and third-parties in numerous types of commercial and business disputes, including whistleblowers in major False Claims Act cases. Andrew has handled a wide range of litigation, including claims to recover fraudulent conveyances and preferential transfers, claims against officers and directors for breach of fiduciary duties and claims involving auditor liability.
Andrew earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point. After graduating, he held positions as Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, and Unit Mentor and Trainer. As a Lieutenant, Andrew conducted security operations with the Secret Service for the President and Air Force One. Andrew deployed twice to combat in Iraq, where he planned and led security operations during the Iraqi Constitutional Referendum and the Iraqi National Elections. He also supervised specialized training and equipment maintenance for over 200 Iraqi police officers and over 100 special operations officers in hostage rescue, terrorism prevention, and combat operations. During his second combat tour, Andrew was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.
Andrew later attended the University of Houston Law Center and Bauer College of Business, where he obtained JD and MBA degrees. In 2011, Andrew was appointed by the Texas Governor Rick Perry to the University of Houston System Board of Regents as Student Regent and served from June 1, 2010- May 31, 2011.
Andrew is very active in the Houston community and has been recognized by the Texas Junior Chamber as “One of Five Outstanding Young Texans", by the Houston Junior Chamber as “One of Five Outstanding Young Houstonians”, and by the Houston Business Journal as one of "40 under 40" outstanding Houstonians.
*Cobos was part of a group of students appointed by the Texas Governor to serve on their respective university system governing boards. These students have the same powers and duties as regents, but do not vote or are considered part of a quorum. The first such appointees served from 2006 to 2007. Prior to this, student regents were elected by their peers.