Susan Cahoon has chaired the firm's Litigation practice group and is the firm's General Counsel. She joined the firm in 1971 and was admitted to partnership in 1977. Ms. Cahoon has spent all of her career as a litigator. Her diverse experience includes patent infringement litigation, complex commercial disputes and securities litigation. She also is trained as a mediator and as an arbitrator.
Ms. Cahoon has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for more than 15 years. In 2014, she was listed in the areas of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation and Patent Litigation Law. Ms. Cahoon was named a 2013 "Atlanta Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Patent Litigation by The Best Lawyers in America®. She is listed in the 2014 and the five years immediately preceding editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for General Commercial Litigation. Ms. Cahoon was named a Top 100 Georgia "Super Lawyer", a Georgia "Super Lawyer" in the area of Intellectual Property Litigation, and a Top 50 Women Georgia "Super Lawyer" in 2014 and the five years immediately preceding by Super Lawyers magazine. She has been listed for several years in the Practical Law Company's Which Lawyer? and was named a "recommended lawyer" in Georgia for Dispute Resolution in 2009. Ms. Cahoon was recognized as a 2011 and 2012 "Legal Elite" for General Practice/Trial Law by Georgia Trend magazine, and again in 2013 for General Practice Law. She received the Emory College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Award of Distinction in recognition of her contributions to her profession, to the community and to her college alma mater and she began a six-year term as a Trustee of Emory University in 2009. Ms. Cahoon has also been named to the Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America and recognized in The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers for Patents in 2009, 2013 and 2014 and The International Who's Who of Patent Lawyers in 2011. In 2008, 2011 and 2014, she was recognized by Benchmark: Litigation as a Georgia "Litigation Star" and in 2012 and 2013, Ms. Cahoon was named one of Benchmark: Litigation's "Top 250 Female Litigators in America." She has been selected as a 2012 Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation by Martindale-Hubbell in the Litigation Special Report issue of The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel magazines. Ms. Cahoon was named by Legal Media Group to its 2013 Guide to the World's Leading Patent Practitioners and to its 2013 Expert Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law. She speaks and reads French and reads Spanish. Ms. Cahoon is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*
*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.
Professional & Community Activities
American Bar Foundation, Fellow
American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
American Law Institute, Member
Emory University, Board of Trustees
USO Council of Georgia, Vice President
Georgia Bar Foundation, Fellow
Lumpkin American Inn of Court, Master Bencher
American Bar Association, Torts and Insurance Practice and Litigation Sections, Past Committee Chairs
American Inns of Court Foundation, Former Trustee
Litigation, the Journal of the ABA Litigation Section, Former Associate Editor