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Waller

Laura Merritt

Laura Merritt

Partner

Expertise

  • Copyrights
  • E-Discovery and Data Management
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Intellectual Property

WSG Practice Industries

Activity

Waller
Tennessee, U.S.A.

Profile

Some of her recent representations include:

  • Successfully represented a privately held company in a lawsuit for a judicial appraisal following a "squeeze out" of a minority shareholder, obtained a winning ruling after a six-day trial that was subsequently affirmed by the Tennessee Court of Appeals. Both Courts ruled that the fair value of the shares were no more than the price paid by the company. The Tennessee Supreme Court granted review and clarified the standard for determining "fair value" of the shares of a privately held company under Tennessee law.
  • Obtaining partial summary judgment in favor of the holder of a lien under Tennessee's mechanic's lien statute after the lien-encumbered aircraft was sold abroad without release of the lien. On a question of first impression, the U.S. District Court's ruling articulated a standard for conversion of lien-encumbered property under the applicable Tennessee statute.
  • Engaged on appeal, she obtained the reversal of two related trial court decisions that had ordered a subsidiary of a privately held company to direct its parent company to redeem stock held by two former employees.
  • Strategic advisor to nonprofit related to its relationship with its national affiliate.
  • Represented a software development company in arbitration related to its termination of a value-added reseller agreement and trade secret misappropriation claim.

Laura has significant experience in trademark and copyright-related matters, helping clients obtain and enforce the legally protectable aspects of their brands and creative works.   She works with clients on both the sending or receiving sides of cease and desist letters related to intellectual property claims and provides clients with candid assessments of enforcing and defending against intellectual property claims.  Laura regularly practices before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in cancellation, opposition and ex parte appeal proceedings.  She also advises on legal issues surrounding sweepstakes, contests and social media and digital marketing campaigns.

Laura is on the steering committees for Waller's retail and hospitality industry team and the Women's Leadership Council.

Bar Admissions

Tennessee

Education

J.D., American University Washington College of Law, 2007
B.A., cum laude, Political Science, University of Florida, 2004
B.S., cum laude, Journalism, University of Florida, 2004
Areas of Practice

Copyrights | E-Discovery and Data Management | Financial Services Litigation | Intellectual Property | IP Litigation | Litigation & Dispute Resolution | Software Licensing | Trade Secrets | Trademarks

Professional Career

Professional Associations

Member, Nashville, Tennessee, and American Bar Associations
Member, American Health Lawyers Association
Member, Media Law Resource Center
Member, Lawyers’ Association for Women Marion Griffin Chapter
Member, American Bar Association Section of IP Law Young Lawyers Action Group
Past Chair and Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Committee of the Nashville Bar Association


Professional Activities and Experience

Associate, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, Memphis, TN, 2007-2011

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