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Jack C. Waddey, Jr.

Jack C. Waddey, Jr.


Tennessee, U.S.A.

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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.”

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1970
B.S., Auburn University, Aerospace Engineering, 1965
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Professional Associations

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

Professional Activities and Experience

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

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