Susan Cahoon, a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, 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.

In addition to her membership in the American College of Trial Lawyers, Ms. Cahoon has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for more than 20 years. In 2018, she was listed in the areas of Arbitration, 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 2017 and the eight years immediately preceding editions of Chambers USA 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 2017 and the eight 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, 2014, 2015 and 2016, she was recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a Georgia "Litigation Star" and Ms. Cahoon was also named one of the "Top 250 Women in Litigation" in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions of Benchmark Litigation. 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, 2014, 2016 and 2017 Expert Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law. She was honored in 2017 by the Fulton County Daily Report with its “Lifetime Achievement” Award. Ms. Cahoon speaks and reads French and reads Spanish. She 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


  • Harvard University, J.D. (1971)
    cum laude
  • Emory University, B.A., History and Economics (1968)
    summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia (1971)
  • District of Columbia (1980)

Who We Are

What fully engaged means to me:

Understanding your client's technology, sharing its excitement about it and doing everything in your power to help the client achieve its objectives in litigation.

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Atlanta, GA, 30309-4528
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Susan A. Cahoon

Experience Highlights

Patent litigation for developer and manufacturer of plastic and fiber products
Lead counsel for the plaintiff, a leader in the development and manufacturing of porous plastic and porous fiber products, in patent more
Trademark litigation services for a Fortune 500 brewery
Represented a Fortune 500 brewery to secure a judgment as a matter of law that there was a likelihood of confusion between our client’s mark more
Genetic Technologies Limited v. Beckman Coulter, Inc. et al.
Represented Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. in a patent infringement action filed by Genetic Technologies Limited (“GTG”). The plaintiff sued more
Karl Storz Endoscopy-Am., Inc. v. Stryker Inc.
Represented Smith & Nephew Endoscopy-Andover in a patent infringement litigation brought by KarlStorz Endoscopy-America Inc. that included more