Carla W. Blevins
Clients call on Laura Merritt for guidance when facing intellectual property disputes and when business relationships have gone wrong. Described as pragmatic and strategic in her approach, Laura focuses on finding legal solutions suited to her clients' business needs.
With more than a decade of litigation experience, Laura brings a pragmatic approach to intellectual property, business and commercial disputes. Laura focuses on crafting legal strategies that are suited to her clients' needs, whether that calls for negotiation of an early settlement or involves litigating a case through trial and appellate courts or other forum.
Some of her recent representations include:
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 serves as one of Waller’s ombudspersons and on the steering committee for the Women’s Leadership Council.
HCA manages software licensing, IP matters
Company prevails in appeals of securities fraud claims brought by former employees
Represented indenture trustee in City of Detroit's Chapter 9 proceeding
LifePoint Health manages trademarks, cybersecurity, IP matters
Athlon Sports Communications prevails in trial and appeal following shareholder litigation suit
KPMG reaches settlement in audit dispute
Appeals court affirms win for major movie studio in publicity/trademark suit
Jefferson County defaults on approximately $3.2 billion in pledged revenue bonds
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