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Todd R. Hambidge

Todd Hambidge has earned the trust and respect of both clients and colleagues as a skilled and formidable litigator. A relentless advocate for clients, Todd is known for his incisive ability to distill complex conflicts and disputes to their core issues.  Highly responsive and attentive to clients, Todd brings a personal commitment to solving their problems.  Across a wide range of industries, clients rely on him for legal counsel in:

  • intellectual property disputes, 
  • financial services litigation,
  • media disputes, and
  • general business litigation.

In his IP litigation practice, Todd defends the intellectual property rights of technology companies, media clients, consumer products manufacturers, and retailers in cases involving:

  • misappropriation of trade secrets,
  • trademark infringement, dilution, and counterfeiting, 
  • copyright infringement, and
  • patent infringement.

In the financial services arena, Todd defends banks and financial institutions against claims brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and other federal and state laws and regulations. 

Additionally, Todd has extensive experience with First Amendment law and defends media clients in connection with print, online, and television content from claims of libel and false light invasion of privacy. He also represents media clients and news-gathering organizations with issues involving open courts, public records, and the Tennessee shield law.

Todd’s more general business litigation practice focuses primarily on contractual disputes, fraud, tortious interference, unfair competition, and statutory compliance. 

Todd holds Tennessee and New York licenses, and he has represented clients in Tennessee and New York as well as Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Ohio, and Texas.  

Before joining Waller in 2012, Todd was a litigator in the New York office of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, which is now the U.S. member of Norton Rose Fulbright.

Honors and Recognitions
Each year since 2011, Todd has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star, a peer-driven honor for attorneys who have been in practice for 10 years or less.

Experience

Intellectual Property

  • Successfully represented major consumer electronics company in its first anti-counterfeiting case; the court granted an ex parte seizure order and temporary restraining order, and the case settled shortly thereafter.
  • Successfully represented major consumer products manufacturer in multiple trademark and trade dress cases; the court granted preliminary injunctions in all cases, with the cases settling shortly thereafter.
  • Successfully secured an arbitration decision in favor of a national electronics retailer in a trademark action against by a major international electronics manufacturer.
  • Successfully defended an insurance company and its subsidiary against claims of trade secret misappropriation, tortious interference with contract, and other business-related claims; on the two claims the jury found in favor of the plaintiff, it awarded less than 2% of the compensatory damages plaintiff demanded.
  • Successfully challenged a major law firm’s representation of a competitor in a trademark suit; the case was settled shortly thereafter.
  • Successfully defended well-known out-of-state law firm in a trademark and copyright case; the court granted a motion to dismiss the majority of plaintiff’s claims and the case settled shortly thereafter.
  • Successfully defended an event technology company in a trademark case; the court granted a motion to dismiss.

Media

  • Successfully obtained dismissal of a defamation and false light action brought against a local television news organization.
  • Successfully obtained dismissal of a defamation claim brought against a cable television channel.
  • Successfully represented major newspaper company in connection with open court issues.
  • Represented major newspaper company in high-profile public records litigation.
  • Defended a major art gallery against fraud claims regarding art works it sold.

Financial Services

  • Successfully defended banks and financial institutions in numerous Fair Debt Collection Practices Act in numerous jurisdictions.
  • Successfully defended a national bank against Fair Credit Reporting Act claims; obtained summary judgment and dismissal of the majority of the plaintiff’s claims with subsequent settlement of remaining claims.
  • Successfully obtained dismissal of a putative class action under the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act on behalf of debt portfolio company.
  • Successfully obtained dismissal of a putative class action under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act on behalf of a debt portfolio company.
  • Successfully obtained dismissal on behalf of a debt portfolio company in numerous Fair Debt Collection Practices Act cases in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Successfully obtained dismissal of several Americans with Disabilities Act actions against community banks in connection with ATM functionality.

General Litigation

  • Successfully defended a major energy company’s U.S. subsidiary in litigation brought by the former operator of multiple gas station convenience stores; obtained summary judgment and dismissal of the majority of the plaintiff’s claims with remaining claims settled shortly thereafter.
  • Represented a major aluminum company in a breach of contract action against its insurer. 
  • Successfully defended an engineering firm in a breach of contract action related to a fiber optics project.  
  • Successfully represented an energy company in connection with landowner disputes involving natural gas pipelines; the court granted preliminary injunctions in the majority of cases, with the defendant in one case agreeing to refrain from certain conduct shortly after filing suit; all cases settled shortly thereafter.
  • Represented a major health insurer in litigation related to a public contract bid.

Professional

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Nashville Bar Association
  • Member, New York City Bar Association
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, New York Metropolitan Area, 2011-2012
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, Mid-South Region, 2013-2017

Prior Affiliations

  • Senior Associate, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, New York, NY, 2007-2012

Education

  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 2007
    • Notes Development Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review 
    • Dean's List
    • Phi Delta Phi Honorary Society
    • Vanderbilt Trial Advocacy Society
  • B.A., magna cum laude, DePauw University, 2004
    • Magna Cum Laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Dean's List
    • Management Fellow

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, All Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court, All Districts of Tennessee