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Laura P. Merritt

Laura Merritt is a partner in Waller’s Trial and Appellate Litigation and Intellectual Property practice groups who effectively advocates for her clients to resolve intellectual property and business disputes. 

Her intellectual property litigation focuses on unfair competition, trademark infringement and dilution, copyright infringement, patent infringement, and the misappropriation of trade secrets and rights of publicity.  She also represents clients in disputes related to software development, marketing, and licensing.  

Her business litigation focuses primarily on contract disputes, fraud, and tortious interference claims, often related to business transactions that have gone wrong.  Recently, Laura served as second chair in a shareholder dissenters’ rights case for judicial valuation that was tried to verdict in Tennessee’s Business Court with a favorable ruling for the client.   

Throughout her career, Laura has worked with clients in selecting, protecting, maintaining, and enforcing trademark rights. She regularly practices before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in cancellation, opposition, and ex parte appeal proceedings.  She has worked with clients to monitor domain names and to resolve domain name disputes through arbitration proceedings under ICANN’s Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.  Additionally, Laura has experience in intellectual property transactions, including representing companies acquiring or selling significant domestic and international intellectual property portfolios, and licensing matters. 

Laura also advises clients on conducting sweepstakes and contests and on issues related to social media and digital marketing campaigns.  

Honors and Recognitions

Each year since 2011, Laura has been recognized by SuperLawyers as an Intellectual Property Rising Star, a peer-driven honor for attorneys who have been in practice for 10 years or less.

Professional

  • Member, Nashville, Tennessee, and American Bar Associations 
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Member, Media Law Resource Center
  • Member, Lawyers’ Association for Women Marion Griffin Chapter
  • Member, American Bar Association Section of IP Law Young Lawyers Action Group
  • Past Chair and Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Committee of the Nashville Bar Association 

Prior Affiliations

  • Associate, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, Memphis, Tenn., 2007-2011

 

Education

  • 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

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, All Districts of Tennessee

Up Close

Outside the office, Laura can be found enjoying Nashville’s ever-changing restaurant scene and exploring the 12 South neighborhood, where she lives with her family.  She is a fan of the Memphis Grizzlies basketball team.