Michael Cantor leads one of the country’s largest and most productive intellectual property law firms. After graduating from UConn with a B.S. in with honors in Chemical Engineering / Materials Engineering and a J.D., Michael became a partner at Fishman, Dionne & Cantor. Thirty years later, the firm has grown exponentially to more than 115 attorneys and patent agents, with offices in Hartford, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Houston, and Detroit. Cantor Colburn’s clients include Fortune 100 companies, select high tech start-ups, universities, and numerous mid-size companies in the U.S., Japan, Korea, Europe, Israel and the Americas. Michael has represented businesses from a broad range of industries, including high-technology, entertainment, and consumer products.
Michael is a frequent speaker and author on intellectual property issues, and is active in industry associations such as International Trademark Association (INTA), American Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), the Connecticut IP Inn of Court, and the Connecticut Bar Association, where he is a James W. Cooper Fellow. Michael is also active in supporting economic development and innovation. In 2013, Governor Dannel Malloy appointed Michael to chair Connecticut Innovations, the quasi-public agency charged with growing Connecticut’s economy by making strategic capital and other investments that encourage the development of high-tech industries within the state, such as energy, biotechnology, information technology, and photonics.
UConn has remained important in Michael’s life since graduating. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the School of Engineering, where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame, and the School of Law, where he teaches patent law as an Adjunct Professor at UConn’s School of Law. He is a former member of the UConn Foundation. Michael’s wife Shari is a UConn trustee, and two of their four sons are currently enrolled in UConn graduate schools. He serves on many other boards, including the Connecticut Technology Council, the Greater Hartford Arts Council, and the Connecticut Historical Society.