J. David Cabello

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney in Houston, TX

Cabello Hall Zinda Law
801 Travis St, Suite 1610
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 832-631-9992
Fax: 832-631-9991
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas: Intellectual Property Litigation (90%), Intellectual Property (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney J. David Cabello is a partner with Cabello Hall Zinda, PLLC, law firm in Houston, Texas. Nationally ranked as one of the top intellectual property attorneys in the country, Mr. Cabello provides unmatched representation and support to a diverse range of clients throughout the United States who have legal needs involving any of the following:

· Patents

· Trade dress

· Trademarks

· Trade secrets

· Copyrights

· Confidentiality agreements

· Unfair competition

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Cabello has served the needs of clients in various industries, including software, cell phone and computer technology companies, and businesses in the energy sectors. Along with his extensive legal experience, he has considerable corporate experience, which serves him well as he works to address his clients' issues regarding their intellectual property matters, and he is able to provide a higher level of counsel grounded in the reality of conducting business in today's dynamic market.

In addition to his significant trial experience, Mr. Cabello has mediated and arbitrated a number of disputes involving intellectual property infringements, trade secrets issues, unfair industry practices and other complex matters. A leader in his field, he has also offered testimony in numerous trials involving intellectual property disputes, and he has published articles and conducted lectures and seminars on a variety of legal topics related to this area of law.

Honored for his exemplary professionalism and outstanding legal abilities, Mr. Cabello has earned designation as a top attorney in intellectual property law from Chambers USA, and he holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell. Moreover, he has received perennial designation as a Top Lawyer in Intellectual Property from American Lawyer Media, Houstonia Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell, as well as recognition from IAM Patent 1000 in 2018.

A 1973 graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, Mr. Cabello obtained his Juris Doctor with high honors from South Texas College of Law in 1983. He also earned his Master of Legal Studies from Rice University in 2010. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, the Houston Bar Association and the Houston Intellectual Property Inn of Court, and he is emeritus member of the American General Counsel Association.

Mr. Cabello is admitted to practice before the all U.S. District Courts in Texas, the District of Colorado, and the Northern Districts of California and Indiana. He also holds admission to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Tax Court. Outside his legal practice, he serves on the board of trustees for the Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and as advisory board member of the Neuhaus Education Center. He also provides pro bono advocacy for undocumented and unaccompanied children detained by the Department of Homeland Security.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 90%Intellectual Property Litigation
  • 10%Intellectual Property


10 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021

About J. David Cabello

Admitted: 1983, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://www.chzfirm.com/j-david-cabello

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Willowbrook Methodist Hospital Board of Trustees

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Houston Intellectual Property Inn of Court
  • American General Counsel Association
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Colorado


  • AV-Preeminent, listed by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Advisory Board Member of Neuhaus Education Center
  • “Top-Rated Lawyer in Texas,” listed by Martindale-Hubbell, 2015
  • “Top Rated Lawyer” in IP Law, listed by American Lawyer Media, 2013
  • “Top Lawyer” in Intellectual Property Rights, listed in Houstonia, 2016
  • “Top-Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property,” listed by Martindale- Hubbell, 2015
  • “Super Lawyer” in Intellectual Property Litigation, listed in Texas Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2020
  • “Super Lawyer” in Intellectual Property Litigation, listed in Texas Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2012–2018
  • Listed in IAM Patent 1000, 2018 
  • Intellectual Property Law, listed in Chambers USA, 2015–2020

Educational Background

  • Texas A&M University, BS, 1973
  • Rice University, MLS, 2010
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Office Location for J. David Cabello

801 Travis St
Suite 1610
Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 832-631-9992

Fax: 832-631-9991

Last Updated: 6/24/2021

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