Laura P. Merritt

Lisa Adcock
615.850.6159 direct

When clients need an attorney to represent them in litigating intellectual property or commercial disputes, they contact Laura Merritt.  Laura has represented clients in the media, manufacturing, retail and financial sectors in a variety of areas including:

  • Unfair competition, trademark infringement and dilution
  • Copyright infringement
  • Patent litigation
  • Trade secret misappropriation and breach of non-compete agreements
  • Defamation and false light
  • Right of publicity and right of privacy violations
  • Business torts, fraud, contract and professional liability matters

She also represents clients in trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Laura is invested in finding practical and efficient solutions to the challenges clients face. She advises in a number of critical areas, such as:

  • Selecting, protecting and maintaining trademarks rights
  • Domain name disputes, social media and search engine uses
  • Intellectual property transactions and licensing matters
  • Conducting sweepstakes, contests and other promotional events 
  • Acquisitions and sales of companies with significant domestic and international intellectual property portfolios
  • Pre-publication review and counseling to media companies in areas including defamation, privacy, news-gathering and public records


  • J.D., American University Washington College of Law, 2007
    • Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic
  • B.A., cum laude, University of Florida, Political Science, 2004
  • B.S., cum laude, University of Florida, Journalism, 2004

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Western Districts of Tennessee


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