Kevin E. Cadwell


Kevin Cadwell represents businesses ranging from start-ups and emerging companies to some of the most well-known brands in the world. Kevin is a talented, strategic, and relentless advocate, helping protect his clients’ most valuable assets.

Kevin’s practice is not confined by geography or trade. His client base is multinational, and Kevin uses his skill set on behalf of companies across industries that include energy, biomedical, high tech, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, and manufacturing. He also provides legal counsel to companies and organizations in rapidly developing areas such as autonomous vehicles and “smart cities.”

A trial-tested lawyer, Kevin receives praise from his clients for being “very strategic, very thoughtful, and really good on his feet” (Chambers USA, 2019). Kevin is sought after to represent clients in all manner of business conflicts, inventorship disputes, and intellectual property litigation, including cases involving patents, trade secrets, and trade dress. Admitted to practice law in the technology hotbeds of Texas and California, Kevin routinely handles disputes in federal district and appellate courts throughout the United States.

In addition to his national federal court practice, Kevin maintains active dockets in Texas and California state courts.

One of the founding lawyers for the Palo Alto office of Baker Botts, Kevin has deep ties in California’s Bay Area that prove beneficial to his practice, particularly for his high-tech and telecommunications clients.

Kevin is retained by many companies for the regular review and analysis of their intellectual property portfolios, assisting them in strategic planning scenarios related to growth and defense. This work is just another example of how clients view their relationship with Kevin — one of trust and confidence at the highest level.

A litigator who knows how to represent clients successfully in any venue, Kevin handles a wide array of cases ranging from ordinary business disputes — like matters of fraud and breach of contract — to the specialty practices like shareholder disputes and intellectual property matters.

Listed below is a representative sample of Kevin’s engagements:

  • As trial counsel for one of the world’s largest manufacturing parts suppliers in a bet-the-company trade-secret litigation, led team to a complete victory, safeguarding the client company’s survival and long-term viability.
  • Complete trial victory in shareholder derivative suit on claims of fraud and breach of contract.
  • In a matter involving interactive television technology, achieved victory on behalf of the client in a dispute concerning inventorship and ownership, along with allegations of fraud and breach of contract.
  • Counsel in a toxic tort case involving more than 160 plaintiffs. Over the course of several years and a series of expert challenges and disqualifications, obtained a summary judgment as to all but a dozen plaintiffs. Those few remaining matters were then resolved quickly and favorably for the client.
  • Trial counsel for major telecommunications companies in dozens of high-tech patent litigation matters. Over the course of a decade — as plaintiff and defendant — achieved complete victories at trial, won pre- and post-verdict dismissal motions, disqualified experts, and achieved early dismissals and settlements favorable to the client.
  • Trial counsel for a global pharmaceuticals company in back-to-back trials on patent infringement matters, resulting in highly favorable settlements benefitting the client.
  • Led a team advising a private European transportation company about all legal aspects of participation in a pilot project to operate an autonomous shuttle — the largest self-driving pilot project in the U.S. to operate in live traffic. In an area of developing law, the project became a complete success and garnered positive media coverage for the client.

Maintaining a diverse practice, Kevin has handled disputes across a wide array of industries, including:

High Tech and Telecommunications

  • GPS technology
  • Wi-Fi technology, functionality, and standards
  • Chip set and baseband functionality and security
  • Video and audio compression
  • Wireless routing and authentication
  • DVR functionality
  • Fiber optic technology
  • Broadcast, multicast, and unicast technologies
  • Mobile phone functionality
  • Interactive television software


  • Oilfield services
  • Equipment designs and supply
  • Mooring systems and solutions
  • Digital oilfield and offshore solutions
  • Downstream supply chain

Emerging Technologies

  • Autonomous vehicles, including individual, mass transit, and delivery robots

Biomedical and Life Sciences

  • Medical devices
  • Toxic tort and chemical exposure
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Vaccine development, manufacturing, and supply
Recognized by Chambers USA as a leading practitioner in the Intellectual Property area, 2019-2023.
Named by Lawdragon as one of 500 Leading Litigators in America, 2023-2024.
  • American Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Vanderbilt University School of Law , J.D., 2002
  • Dallas Theological Seminary , M.A., Biblical Studies, 1999
  • The University of Texas at Austin , B.S., 1994
  • Texas
  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals–Fifth and Federal Circuits
  • U.S. District Court–Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas
  • U.S. District Court–Northern, Southern, Central and Eastern Districts of California