Colin Cahoon

Partner, Carstens & Cahoon, LLP

Colin Cahoon focuses his patent law practice in the energy, telecommunications, aviation, manufacturing, food processing, and chemical technology industries.  He counsels clients in licensing, technology-related transactional work, corporate mergers, and intellectual property evaluations and negotiations and has extensive experience in providing intellectual property legal support to in-house corporate counsel in a variety of manufacturing fields. Mr. Cahoon has been involved in hundreds of litigation cases, in many cases serving as lead counsel through jury verdict.

Most notably, Mr. Cahoon has prosecuted patents through national and international filings for foreign and domestic clients. Mr. Cahoon gained “real world” expertise during a successful career as a pilot in the United States Army, where he attained the rank of captain, and while operating a consulting business “Cahoon Water Quality Consultants” in Salinas, California.  Upon resigning his Regular Army Commission, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.  Mr. Cahoon holds a commercial instrument rating in helicopters, with more than 1,000 hours in UH-1 and OH-58 aircraft, and an instrument rating in fixed-wing aircraft.

Mr. Cahoon is an AV rated attorney and licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In addition, Mr. Cahoon is licensed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Federal and Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeals, the Federal District Court for the District of New Mexico, all Federal District Courts of Texas, the Supreme Court of Texas, and the Supreme Court of New Mexico. He has been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer® for 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Active in the legal community, Mr. Cahoon is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the State Bar of Texas, the State Bar of New Mexico, the American Lawyer-Pilot Bar Association and the Dallas Bar Association.  He is presently serving on the Board of the Dallas Bar Association IP Section.  He is also active in his church, having served as Chancellor for the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Dallas, Texas, and on the Board for the Good Shepherd Episcopal School.

Mr. Cahoon graduated cum laude from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1991, where he served as symposium editor for the Journal of Air Law and Commerce. Mr. Cahoon earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from New Mexico State University in 1983 while attending on an Army ROTC scholarship. He is also an inventor with four patents issued from the United States Patent Office.