Calhoun Law Firm crafts creative legal solutions for businesses and individuals in need of guidance and courtroom representation in the areas of Intellectual Property and Business Law. We assist our clients in obtaining and enforcing competitive rights in their inventions, products and technology, works of art and marketing programs. Our services also include guiding clients in accomplishing many of the everyday endeavors encountered in starting or expanding a business. We do so in a manner which is readily understandable, prompt, and cost effective.
Calhoun Law Firm maintains the staffing and professional relationships needed to satisfy the legal needs of our clients, no matter how large or small. When suggested by client circumstances, we implement creative solutions, confident in our ability to work both smarter and harder. Calhoun Law Firm essentially consists of attorneys Joe Calhoun and Rashauna Norment. Although Calhoun Law Firm is a separate and independent firm housed within another business law firm, on a case by case basis a co-counsel or associated counsel engagement may be implemented with that firm (or with attorneys in other law firms).
Joseph D. Calhoun III
Joe Calhoun, a registered patent attorney, offers legal expertise that many law firms do not always have in-house; our firm is often retained through referrals from clients’ attorneys or accountants, and we are proud of our working relationships with such referral sources. Naturally when our services are retained through such referrals, Calhoun Law Firm adheres to a “no poaching” policy, voluntarily limiting its engagement to the matters it was retained for.
After earning his Bachelor of Science degree from Tulane University, and graduating from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1983, Joe Calhoun returned home to Little Rock, Arkansas and clerked for the Arkansas Court of Appeals. He then entered private practice with a well known business law firm, departing as partner on the eve of 2000 to better concentrate his legal practice in the areas of patents, copyrights, trademarks and business competition.
Mr. Calhoun has over twenty-five years of experience in commercial litigation and counseling, and he has been honing his specialization in intellectual property law since approximately 1993. His primary practice areas include procurement, transfer and enforcement of (or defense against) intellectual property claims, business start-up organization and expansion, commercial competition, employment law, and a wide variety of business contracts and business disputes.
Rashauna A. Norment
Rashauna Norment, a registered patent attorney, is an associate of the Firm and is actively engaged in the prosecution of applications for patents and for the registration of copyrights and trademarks; she also assists in infringement litigation and in the formation of business entities. Ms. Norment holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where she graduated in 2004 with High Honors; she was also the recipient of the M. Gene Hall Medical Technology Scholarship for scholarship, citizenship and professionalism, as well as an Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship and a Harambee Award. She graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law in 2008. Ms. Norment also worked in a clinical laboratory both before and during law school.
Marina V. Mikhailova, Ph.D., J.D.
Dr. Mikhailova is a technical advisor for the Firm, and is
based in Little Rock, Arkansas. She has an extensive research background, with
a focus in biomedicine and
(a) physiology and biochemistry of microorganisms and algae;
(b) formation of carcinogenic substances during food processing;
(c) oxidative and enzymatic DNA damage;
(d) genetic kidney diseases; and
(e) protein stress-related receptors.
Besides having a research career spanning over twenty
years, she has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas for
Medical Sciences’ Department of Physiology and Biophysics for over ten years.
Some of her scientific interests include membranes and membrane-bound proteins,
carcinogenesis and cancer prevention, structure and enzymology of lipids,
oxidative and hypoxic injury, cell death, and gene therapy.
Dr. Mikhailova earned a M.S. degree in
Biochemical Engineering from the Institute of Applied Biotechnology in Moscow,
and a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Biochemistry from Moscow State University. She
also earned a J.D. degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock
William H. Bowen School of Law. She is also fluent in Russian.