Technology Areas

Practice Areas


  • Named to Best Lawyers(R) in America, 2016
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow 
  • Who's Who of Trademark Lawyers, 2013-2016
  • Top-Rated Lawyer, Intellectual Property Law, Fortune, 2013
  • Corporate IP Lawyer of the Year in Connecticut, Corporate INTL Legal Awards, 2013
  • Corporate IP Lawyer of the Year in Connecticut, ACQ Law Awards, 2013
  • Managing IP, IP Stars, Connecticut, USA, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Founding Fellow, Academy of Distinguished Engineers and Hall of Fame, University of Connecticut
  • "Super Lawyers," Intellectual Property, Connecticut, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated


  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 1984
  • State of Connecticut, 1983
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1983


University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 1983

University of Connecticut, B.S., Chemical Engineering/Materials Engineering, with honors, 1980

Teaching Positions

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Adjunct Professor in Patent Law and Procedure
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Michael A. Cantor

Co-Managing Partner

For more than 30 years, Michael Cantor’s unwavering commitment to delivering the highest level of legal services at exceptionally competitive rates has fueled Cantor Colburn’s strategic expansion from a ten-lawyer firm into the nation’s top 10 largest intellectual property law firms. Today, Michael oversees more than 115 attorneys and patent agents who help a diverse client base of international innovators make the most of their IP assets.

Experience Highlights

Co-Managing Partner, Cantor Colburn LLP, 1983-present




Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Intellectual Property Owners Association

International Trademark Association

Connecticut Bar Association

  • James W. Cooper Fellows

Connecticut IP Inn of Court, Charter Member, Membership Committee Co-Chair

Connecticut Patent Law Association

Tau Beta Pi

Community/Civic Involvement

Chairperson, Connecticut Innovations

Board of Trustees, Connecticut Historical Society

Board Member, Connecticut Technology Council

Board Member, University of Connecticut School of Engineering Advisory Board

Board Member, Greater Hartford Arts Council

Corporator, Hebrew HealthCare

Former Board Member, Connecticut Development Authority

Former Board Member, University of Connecticut Institute of Material Sciences Advisory Board

Former Board Member, University of Connecticut Foundation