Kate Van Namen is a member of the Firm's Litigation Department and Commercial Litigation Practice Group. She is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Mississippi and concentrates her practice in the areas of general and commercial civil litigation. Ms. Van Namen has experience handling a variety of business and commercial matters involving claims of breach of contract, interference with business relationships, unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets, and other complex litigation. She also routinely counsels and represents clients in all aspects of the construction industry including contract negotiations, project management issues and complex construction litigation.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2012
  • Mississippi, 2012
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Arkansas: Eastern, Western
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
    • Tennessee: Eastern, Western
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit

Civic Involvement

  • Make-A-Wish Mid-South Associate, Board Member
  • Junior League of Memphis Volunteer

Distinctions

  • Legal Intern, United States Senator Thad Cochran, 2009-2012
  • Legal Intern, United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Mississippi, 2011

Education & Honors

  • University of Mississippi, J.D., magna cum laude, 2012
    • Notes & Comments Editor, Mississippi Law Journal
    • Moot Court Board National Appellate Advocacy Team
    • Order of the Barrister
    • American Jurisprudence Award
  • Delta State University, B.A., English & Political Science, summa cum laude, 2009
    • First Diploma

Experience

  • Experience counseling and representing clients in all aspects of the construction industry, including contract negotiations, project management issues and complex construction litigation
  • Experienced in cases involving unfair competition including trade secrets, trademarks, breaches of the duty of loyalty, tortuous interference and unfair or deceptive acts or practices. 
  • Obtained temporary injunction prohibiting sales representatives from working on behalf of a primary competitor in violation of non-compete agreement.
  • Represented owner of construction project in arbitration concerning construction defects and commercial construction disputes.
  • Successfully prosecuted copyright and trademark infringement claims in federal district court. 
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of product manufacturer in case involving an Arkansas rice mill. 
  • Represented contractors and subcontractors in construction disputes involving both private and public projects.
  • ​Defended national medical device manufacturer in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Arkansas state and federal products liability actions.
  • ​Representation of Federal banking regulatory agency in multi-million dollar director and officer liability suits.
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Presenter, “Lessons Learned from a Conveyor Collapse,” Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel, November 8, 2019.
  • Presenter, “DRI Trial Skills Series: Trial Strategy,” August 29, 2019.
  • Co Author, “Surge in Apartment Construction Fuels Condo Conversions, Liability Concerns in Denver,” Law Week Colorado, Vol. 15, No. 43, October 22, 2018.
  • ​Author, "The Impact of President Trump's IP-Related Appointments," Finding IP Value, January 2017.
  • Author, “Privacy and Piracy: Legal Problems with Live Streaming on Periscope and Meerkat,” DRI’s The Voice, Volume 14, Issue 42, October 2015.
  • Author, "Facebook Facts & Twitter Tips - Prosecutors and Social Media: An Analysis of the Implications Associated with the Use of Social Media in the Prosecution Function," 81 Miss. L.J. 549 (2011).
  • Author, "'Like' It or Not: Sports and Social Media - An Argument for the College Coach's Right to Regulate," Miss. Sports L. Rev. 206 (2011).