Kristen Johns

Transactional intellectual property attorney leading the firm's blockchain practice

Kristen Johns is a transactional patent attorney in the firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group.  Kristen's experience intersects privacy, security, technology and intellectual property, and she leads the firm's distributed ledger/blockchain practice. As a registered patent attorney, Kristen helps clients protect and maximize their intellectual property assets and advises clients on a broad range of issues, including patent and trademark strategies, artificial intelligence, data privacy and security matters, cybersecurity and cloud-related issues with a particular focus on issues related to emerging technologies. 


Kristen's Related Experience

Radio Systems Corp. acquired by Clayton Dubilier & Rice (CD&R)

Served as lead transaction counsel to Radio Systems in its acquisition by an affiliate of Clayton Dubilier & Rice (CD&R), a private equity firm.

Tri Star Energy acquires Hollingsworth Oil

Assisted Tri Star Energy with the acquisition of Hollingsworth Oil and its “Sudden Service” chain of convenience stores.

Company creates largest commercial blockchain alliance

Advise a commercial blockchain alliance with nearly 500 members on its corporate structure and policies.

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  • J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law, 2000
    • American Jurisprudence Award for Patent Law
    • Managing Editor, Saint Louis University Law Journal
  • B.S., Vanderbilt University, Engineering Science, Chemistry, Management Technology, 1995
    • Order of the Engineer

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • Missouri
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


Women of Influence 2019, Nashville Business Journal

Women to Watch, Nashville Medical News

Professional Involvement

  • Founder, Tokenize Tennessee
  • Adjunct Professor, Vanderbilt Law School
    • Blockchains
  • Member, United States Patent Bar

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Community Involvement

  • Member, Board of Directors, The Thisbe and Noah Scott Foundation
  • Legal Clinic Co-Director, The Martha O’Bryan Center
  • Member, Board, Heart of Africa

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