I.C. "Jack" Waddey, Jr.

For more than four decades, Jack Waddey has focused his legal career on intellectual property law and protecting valuable intellectual property assets for clients in a wide range of industries. Jack views intellectual property strategy as a critical component to a company’s long-term success both in terms of profitability and competitive positioning. Over the course of his career he has assisted clients in obtaining more than 200 patents and developing and managing intellectual property portfolios comprised of thousands of patents and trademarks. His experience includes intellectual property litigation in federal and state courts throughout the country and United States Courts of Appeal.

Highly sought after for his experience and insight, Jack enjoys working with startup companies that are developing new products and technologies as well as advising established organizations that require enhanced IP protection as part of its overall business strategy when they expand into new markets or face new competition.

Over the last 18 years, Jack’s practice has increasingly concentrated on Alternate Dispute Resolution. Trained, certified and approved as a Rule 31 Mediator by the Supreme Court of the State of Tennessee, Jack has gained a reputation locally, regionally and nationally as the go-to mediator for difficult IP and commercial cases. He is one of three mediators approved by the International Trademark Association for trademark cases in the eleven-state Southeast region. Jack was recently selected to be a member of the Tennessee Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission. Additionally, Jack is an adjunct faculty member at the Pepperdine University School of Law’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution where he teaches “Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution: Intellectual Property Disputes.”

Honors and Recognitions
Best Lawyers has recognized Jack for his experience in Trademark and IP Law.  Additionally, Jack has been recognized by The Legal Network as one of the "Top Lawyers in Tennessee" as well as the Nashville Bar Association as one of the "Best of the Bar" for Intellectual Property Law Practice for 2016.


  • Serves as legal consultant and expert witness in patent and trade secret litigation involving mechanical and electro-mechanical technologies
  • Trained, certified and active locally, regionally and nationally as a mediator of complex intellectual property and commercial disputes
  • Approved Rule 31 Mediator by the Supreme Court of the State of Tennessee
  • One of three mediators on the INTA panel of approved mediators for the trademark cases in the eleven-state Southeast region
  • Approved by the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) and the American Arbitration Association (AAA) for the mediation of technology disputes
  • Approved to serve as an arbitrator in FINRA cases

Representative Patents


  • Adjunct Faculty Member, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law
  • Charter Member, Tennessee Academy of Mediators & Arbitrators
  • Founding Member and Past President , Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators
  • Distinguished Fellow and Board Member, International Academy of Mediators
  • Founding Board Member, Nashville Entrepreneurial Center
  • Member, Commercial Mediators Association
  • Member, American Bar Association Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution Sections
  • Member, International Trademark Association
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Founding Member and Past President, Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, Tennessee Bar Association
    • Past Chairman, TBA Section on Intellectual Property
    • Member, TBA ADR Section
  • Member, Nashville Bar Association
    • Secretary/Treasurer, 1974–1975
    • Member NBA IP and ADR Sections
  • Distinguished Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation
  • Board Member, Davidson County Industrial Revenue Board, 1981
  • Area Delegate, Tennessee Bar Association, House of Delegates, 1996–2008
  • Member, Nashville Technology Council
  • Member, Nashville Chamber of Commerce
  • Named by National Law Journal as one of 2012 Tennessee’s Top Lawyers
  • Nashville Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2003-2010
  • Business Tennessee Magazine, 101 Best Lawyers in Tennessee, 2004-2011
  • Nashville Post Magazine, Best Lawyers in Nashville, 2003

Prior Affiliations

  • Shareholder, Waddey & Patterson, PC, Nashville, Tenn., 1994-2014
  • Of Counsel, Lassiter, Tidwell & Hildebrand, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Associate, Arent Fox LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Judicial Law Clerk, the Honorable Harry Phillips, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1970-1971
  • Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1966-1968


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1970
    • Associate Editor, Georgetown Law Journal
  • B.S., Auburn University, Aerospace Engineering, 1965

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

  • All State Courts Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Western and Eastern Districts of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and Federal Circuit

Up Close

Jack has no plans to retire because it would prevent him from doing what he likes best in life: taking a day off from work. On those days off, Jack can usually be found in the guise of any of a number of personas: Parrothead, guitar player, fly fisherman, competitive bridge player, snow skiing risk taker, cycling demon, three-point specialist, wine connoisseur, restaurant-goer, raconteur, and frequenter of low places from Beale Street and Bourbon Street to Lower Broadway and the Left Bank.