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Laura P. Merritt

Carla Blevins
615.850.6160 direct

Laura Merritt is a partner in Waller's litigation group focusing on intellectual property and commercial disputes. She is invested in finding practical and efficient solutions to the challenges clients face.  Laura has represented clients in a variety of disputes, 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.

Additionally, she works with clients in a number of critical areas, including:

  • Selecting, protecting, maintaining and enforcing trademarks rights
  • Domain name disputes, social media and search engine uses
  • Intellectual property transactions and licensing matters
  • Conducting sweepstakes, contests and other promotional events 
  • Acquiring and selling 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

Laura has been recognized by SuperLawyers as one of Tennessee's Intellectual Property Rising Stars in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

  • 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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