Kevin Cadwell represents clients in complex commercial litigation and intellectual property (IP) matters and is one of the leaders of Akin Gump’s Autonomous Vehicles group. With special expertise in disputes involving current and emerging technologies, Mr. Cadwell represents and advises clients in a  wide range of industries including transportation, automotive, high-tech, and energy.

Practice & Background

Kevin Cadwell handles high-stakes commercial and IP disputes. Mr. Cadwell’s clients are located throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, and his practice spans a variety of venues. With offices in San Francisco and Houston, Mr. Cadwell has represented clients in district and appellate courts throughout the U.S., state courts in California, Texas, and Oklahoma, and the International Trade Commission. He has represented clients in matters involving breach of contract, fraud, shareholder disputes, licensing issues, energy-related disputes, government investigations, and all manner of IP-related disputes including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and trade dress. Mr. Cadwell has significant trial, arbitration, and hearing experience, has argued dozens of summary judgment motions and has handled several cases before the International Trade Commission.

In addition to his trial practice, Mr. Cadwell routinely advises clients on a variety of issues relating to contract disputes and IP licensing. He works with clients at all stages – from the small start-ups to mature companies – to plan and strategize for the use of and protection of IP rights, including licensing, diligence, and overall company strategy.

Mr. Cadwell is one of the leaders of the firm’s Autonomous Vehicles group – a multidisciplinary group that works with clients to address the legal and regulatory issues presented in the fast-developing world of autonomous vehicles and “smart cities.”

He received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School. He has an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary and a B.S. from The University of Texas.

Representative Matters

Mr. Cadwell’s recent experience includes:

  • Advising a global provider of transportation services, in connection with its participation in a pilot project to operate an autonomous shuttle in the City of Las Vegas. The self-driving shuttle is the largest self-driving pilot project in the United States to operate in live traffic.
  • representing a multinational telecommunications company in numerous cases involving defense against patent infringement claims in the Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of Texas; Central and Northern Districts of California; Eastern District of Virginia; District Court of Delaware; and Southern District of New York
  • representing a pharmaceutical company at trial in competitor lawsuits
  • representing an international computer technology company against patent infringement claims
  • representing a large broadband telecommunications company against patent infringement claims and in commercial cases involving contract disputes
  • representing a digital cable company in a dispute concerning a patent license agreement against claims for breach of contract and fraud
  • representing former officers and directors of an employment website against claims for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duties brought by a former shareholder and previous owner of the URL; the trial resulted in a unanimous verdict for defendants
  • representing a multinational computer, electronics and network equipment provider in defense of a patent infringement case involving WebEx-related technology; obtained summary judgment for noninfringement
  • representing international oil and gas companies in cases ranging from contractual disputes to IP matters
  • representing an international mining company against commercial litigation stemming from a bankruptcy filing
  • representing and advising a gas company on a wide range of matters, including commercial and intellectual property disputes
  • representing an American mass media company in litigation of accounting-related issues and defending against claims for breach of contract and fraud; resolved three weeks before trial.